Dust Collection At The Lathe
As an answer to the questions about collecting dust, shavings, and debris at the lathe, I offer the following:
I started with a packing box so I could cut and fit while I tried to find a way to install a more permanent collection hood that would still give me access for turning and sanding. In the end, the permanent solution was to find a better box. If I want a larger hood, I get a bigger box.
The base is a piece of ½" plywood that is stuck between the ways of the lathe. The box came from the local liquor store because theirs are heavier than other packing boxes. The suction hose is stuck into a tight-fitting hole in the bottom of the box and the corrugations and a piece of duct tape keep it from falling out. The box is held on the base with two spring-clamps, which makes its location adjustable. I left the top flaps in because they give some stiffness to the box, and they can be used as deflectors to direct the air flow.
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