One of my students showed up one day with a little battery powered workshop blower. I tried it and I was sold. I had to have one.
I put it on my Christmas list last year and it is the best Christmas present ever!
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A “Lathe Curtains” tip in the December 2014 issue of the AAW Journal magazine inspired me. I decided to replace the dirty old painters tarps I used in my studio to control wood shavings with some nice new shower curtains. The new curtains work great and look great.
People say I have never seen an idea, I can’t improve. They may be right. I liked the “use cloth shower curtains” idea but the track, hooks and string shown in the article were to wimp and expensive for me. I decided to make my own long and cheap hooks and hang them from cheap EMT pipe.
Here is how I did it.
Shower Curtains In Use
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Two white linen shower curtains in use.
My VB36 lathe is behind the curtains.
Note the pile of wood shavings on the floor. The shavings stop
where the curtains stop.
The curtains do not go all the way to the floor because it is not
necessary. Curtains that drag on the floor get dirty and are a pain to deal
with when you want to clean up the shavings. Or, store the curtains out of
the way, etc.
The curtains, also do not go all the way to the ceiling because it
is not necessary. Throwing the shavings over the curtains while turning is
Someone asked about the Dust Collector in the photo behind my 3520B lathe.
I like the “Big Gulp Dust Hood” from PSI (Penn State Industries) on Amazon, Rockler, etc. I have tried others and I have made my own. I like the Big Gulp because it catches lots of dust and it can be rigged up to hang nicely.
If you live in the Poughkeepsie NY area the best place to get your dust fittings is from Jim at Warren Cutlery in Rhinebeck. Jim tried to keep them in stock.
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