The Scroll Saw Lady

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Air Quality In Your Shop

Posted by The Scroll Saw Lady on October 3rd, 2008

Believe it or not there is a lot of very fine dust generated by the scrollsaw. After cutting for awhile you will see the fine layer of dust on everything in the area. Just imagine now all of that dust you are breathing in!

And, remember that many of the wood species create a dust that can is toxic. The easiest way to protect yourself is to wear a dust mask. Make sure that it is a mask rated for sanding and woodworking.

Some people are allergic to even the dust of certain species of woods with just skin contact, so be careful around wood until you know if you are allergic to it or not.

Your scroll saw has a blower on it to clear the dust from the cutting line so you can see the line, but it blows that dust into the air. If you don’t like the idea of wearing a mask there are other ways to keep your breathing air clean.

One solution that I feel works best is to use a filter on a box fan.  Use any pleated furnace filter, on the incoming air flow side of your box fan, and put it behind your scrollsaw. It pulls the air away from you, into the fan behind the scrollsaw. This catches just about all the dust generated by the scrollsaw.

I am sure you can come up with other ways to filter the air you breathe, I would just suggest that you use something.  No sense risking your health when you can take some very simple steps to make your shop safer.

Happy Scrolling.