Dust Collection Systems
A dust collection system can help protect your health and reduce cleanup around the workshop. Use these tips to choose the best system for any workshop.
Dust collection systems capture wood dust and chips at the source of the woodworking machine. Because certain types of wood dust can be toxic, a dust-collection system is important to have in any workshop.
The basic dust collector is a simple cloth bag attached to the dust port.
The wet/dry vacuum has a hose that connects to the dust port. If the hose is too big for the port, use a reducer to make it fit, or use duct tape to secure the hose to the port.
Heavy-duty dust-collection systems are very powerful and come in small, portable models as well as larger sizes for bigger, busier workshops. Some larger models can clean three machines at the same time.
Cyclone Dust-Collection System
This dust-collection system is a two-part system that removes dust and debris from the air. It's a handy system to have, as it can be hooked up to many tools around the workshop.
The Workshop Triangle
The layout of a home workshop is central to working safely and efficiently. The experts share advice on planning a "work-friendly" layout for a workspace.
Tips on Choosing a Shop Heater
Need a heater in the workshop? Use this expert advice to choose the right one for your space.
The Essential Power Tools
There are few things that feel more empowering for the do-it-yourselfer than power tools. Following is a list of useful power tools to consider when outfitting a workshop.
Stationary Power Tool Tips
There are three crucial pieces of equipment in a woodshop: the jointer, table saw and the band saw. Check out tips and advice on using and placing these core power tools.
The key to working efficiently in a workshop is having a good system of organization for tools and materials. Here are some suggestions for organization and efficiency in a workshop.
Volatile Organic Compounds
Volatile organic compounds, found in paint, caulk, cleaning supplies, carpet and wood, can be damaging to your health.
Fire Safety Tips
From sawdust to paint thinner, workshops are filled with fire hazards. Keep these fire safety tips in mind to avoid workshop fires.
Workshop Types and Location
Host Jay Baker outlines some basic considerations for selecting the right location and building facility for the ultimate home workshop.
Organizing Small Items in a Workshop
The most difficult items to keep organized are usually the ones that are smallest and most plentiful. Organize small items in a home workshop with these helpful tips and tools.
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