Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dickinson, Tx. / Somerville, TX
I was never one for "total dust free", however, I was very big on almost dust free. I would sweep after every change in operation, that is, after table saw use, joiner or planer use and even the drill press as well as hand planing. This would occur at least twice a day, probably under 10 minutes a pop. This also included putting up ALL of my tools even though I knew I would need them again in a few minutes. I like to start every new operation with a clean shop. Every night before shut down, I would turn on the exhaust fans and use leaf blower to 'blow down'. When I had bigger shops, the employees would do it sometimes with 3 leaf blowers at the same time.
Customers were more impressed with a clean and orderly shop than one that looked like a typical woodworking shop. The time lost in the clean-up and put-up operations was way less than working in a mess and always searching for tools and parts. Also another perk is that if I needed to spray some lacquer on something relatively small, the air was clean enough to do it on my work bench if I wanted to. Even coffee tables can be considered relatively small.
Retired woodworker, amongst other things, Sold full time cruising boat and now full time cruising in RV. Currently in Somerville, Tx