Luthier and Carpenter
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Bedford Park, IL
Dust Collection Advice Needed!
I work for a wood manufacturing firm and we have a larger furniture production facility. We are trying to get better at collecting the invisible dust that we create while sanding that creates health concerns. In particularly, the sanding-dust that we create when sanding our Black Walnut, Honduran and African Mahogany, and other potentially harmful species. We have a large dust collection system, but it is ineffective against this microscopic dust. Our employees use hand-sanders, so I am unsure if downdraft tables can be effective in counteracting the force created by our powerful sanders.
Some of our competitors are creating small rooms where the entire air supply of the room is being filtered a few times an hour. While this is possible, we are wondering if we can create a downdraft system that uses an existing dust collection system we have in place. A few years ago, we tried using some dust collection methods attached to some sanders. The sanders were not as wieldy as what the employees were using before, so they hated the system. However, we still have all the pipes ran for the system.
Which brings me to my question in which I need advice: is the idea of designing a table and hooking it up to a separate dust collection system warrant any research? We are really just trying to capture sanding dust, and since we have the pipes ran, we can design our own "downdraft tables" to work through our unused system. However, I am unsure if this kind of design would capture the dust that we are trying to.
If this system would not work, does anyone have any advice about making a system for each workstation? Creating a sanding room may be difficult as we would have to reorganize the factory, so we are looking for workstation size solutions. Can anyone provide any guidance on this matter? Thank you!
David Brusic Smith
Brusic Rose Inc
7300 South Central Ave, Bedford Park IL