Workshop Dust Collection Systems

By Todd Fratzel on Power Tools

Dust Collection Systems

Dust Collection System 300x225 Workshop Dust Collection SystemsDust collection is extremely important in any workshop. Not only is it important to your health but it’s also an important step in keeping your tools clean and running well. Workshop dust collection systems can be as simple as a shop vac hooked up to a single hose or as complex as the one in the photograph.

Recommended Dust Collection Reading

Workshop Dust Collection Systems 150x150 Workshop Dust Collection SystemsIf you’re interested in learning more about dust collection systems and how to design one then check out this great book:

Woodshop Dust Control: A Complete Guide to Setting Up Your Own System: Completely Revised and Updated

Dust Collection Equipment

The following equipment can help you create a custom dust collection system for your workshop. It’s really easy to come up with a system that fits your workshop, power tools and budget. The sky really is the limit so use some of the following information and your imagination to come up with a great dust collection system.

Shop Fox W1685 Dust Collector 150x150 Workshop Dust Collection SystemsDust Collectors

The heart of any dust collection system is a dust collector. Dust collectors can be as simple as a Shop Vac or as complex as a huge baghouse for manufacturing plants. I recommend you buy Woodshop Dust Control: A Complete Guide to Setting Up Your Own System which is a great book showing you how to design your own dust collection system. Shop Fox makes some really great dust collectors and most average size shops can take advantage of the SHOP FOX W1685 1.5-Horsepower 1,280 CFM Dust Collector.

PSI Woodworking Clear Flexible Dust Collection Hose 150x150 Workshop Dust Collection SystemsDust Collection Piping, Fittings and Clamps

If you’re going to build a dust collection system you’ll need to buy quite a bit of pipe for the trunk lines. I recommend you buy Clear Flexible Dust Collection Hose so you can see any blockages that might occur. You’ll also need to buy hose clamps, reducers, Y-fittings, and blast gates.

Image Courtesy of Dugbee

About the author

Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the author of Tool Box Buzz and Today's Green Construction. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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2 Comments

  1. Jeff Allred says:

    what size clear pipe is that mounted on the wall? It’s hard finding solid (no flex) clear pipe.

    • Todd says:

      Jeff – That’s probably a 4″ piece. That’s not my shop so I’m not certain. If you find a supplier for 4″ clear solid please let us know.

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