Let me just say it: Dust col- lection isn’t the sexiest hing in the woodshop, but it sure makes life better.
Every time I’ve improved my dust collection, it has also improved efficiency
and quality in the shop. That said, it’s
a little embarrassing to admit that I’ve
limped along for many years without
comprehensive dust collection in my
own shop. Now that’s going to change.
I’m going to devote the next few
installments of this column to describing the entire process. I think too many
shops – and I count myself among
them – think of dust collection as an
afterthought to the machines they serve.
It’s like, “Oh, I want that Super Deluxe
Woodworking Machine because it will
make things so much more efficient.
Dust collection? I’ll figure that out later.”
But really dust collection should be an integrated part of any machine purchase.
What I had
In the past, I’ve gotten by with a 1-1/2hp
Delta collector. When I first got it, I
hooked it up to different machines as
I was using them. Then I finally put in
a system of flex hoses and blast gates
to connect it to my three biggest chip
generators, the planer, jointer, and table
saw. For the handful of other machines
in the shop, I mostly got by hooking
them up to a Festool vacuum.
For my miter saw, it was connected
to an Oneida Dust Deputy mini-cyclone
separator before going into the Festool
vacuum. That really extended the time I
had to empty the bag in the vacuum.
The new system will connect all my
dust-generating stationary machines to
the dust collection system, which will be
powered by the Oneida Air Systems 5hp
Dust Gorilla Pro collector with the patented Smart Boost feature that increases
collector efficiency. The collector arrived
as a 400-pound pallet of boxes. Now the
work begins to put it all together.
By way of disclaimer, I should mention I have a long-standing relationship
with Oneida going back to when the
company was cooked up on a phone
call in the offices of Fine Woodworking
magazine in 1993 when I was editor.
My associate editor Charlie Robinson
Beginning a dust collection adventure
was working on a story about DI Y
cyclone dust collectors with Peter Fed-
rigon. Charlie asked Peter where our
readers were going to source materials
mentioned in the article. Peter said he
could sell them, and so Oneida Air Sys-
tems was born. I’ve followed the com-
pany’s growth avidly, and I couldn’t be
happier to have their system in my new
shop in Maine. Next we’ll talk about as-
sembling and installing the system. You
can learn more about Oneida at www.
by Will Sampson
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Installing comprehensive dust collection is a big project for a small shop.
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William Sampson is a lifelong
woodworker and the editor of FDMC
The new dust collection adventure in my shop begins with a 400-pound pallet of boxes.