In pursuit of making a more easily maintainable, more efficient, dust free environment in our woodshop we are going to be doing some work on the extraction system over this weekend.
The plan is to cut all of the uphill climbs, sharp corners, etc and run the extraction piping at machine height which will buy us a chunk more space for shelving, allow us to move the drill press back 6 inches which currently contributes to a pinch point in terms of navigation of the room.
We’ll be running the extraction for the Mitre saw from directly behind the machine rather than dropping it down from the above right which will make the tool far more usable as the extraction hose won’t get in the way of angled cuts.
We’ll also be going for a much more maintainable installation of the extraction filter and bags.
We had 5 of us doing a big clean of the woodshop including this filter which was bogged down with several kilos of fine dust inhibiting flow of air and thus quality of extraction.
(Thanks @Lewisbellerina , @lousalasca , @Javier_Ash and @rosietdesigns)
It’s going to be a good chunk of work and extra hands would be welcomed.
The focus this afternoon and evening will be clearing the space to work and getting one half of the room re-rigged awaiting a tool loan from @JoeAtkin2, I guess we’ll see how far we get but may well keep the other half of the room the same for upgrading another day.
We are still anticipating an automated blast gate system such that the extract turns on automatically and gates opened specifically for any given tool on the extract system, this work will be carried out with respect to this at to make this an easy addition further down the line.
I’m planning on starting from 3-4pm this evening and working til evening, then will assess what needs to be done tomorrow and set times for tomorrows session.