The last few weeks have been spent on a few projects and adding a few items to the shop. The dust collection system is in place, with “phase one” of the duct work installed. The table saw and planer have dedicated collection hoses run to them, and I have installed a flexible hose to connect to other tools, such as the band saw, sander, etc.
One of the most significant upgrades I have made is getting a new table saw. This is a much larger, more powerful, more functional saw than I had before. My previous saw could make a cut 19 inches from the edge of a piece of wood. This saw will cut 50 inches from the edge. It required running 220 volt service (as did the dust collector) and is a very heavy, sturdy, accurate piece of equipment. This saw is made by Grizzly, the same company that made the dust collector.
The cabinet under the saw is one of the things I have built recently. This serves as a place to put accessories for the saw, and is on wheels (as is the saw) for mobility.
And one more addition to the shop – again, to assist with removing dust – is an air cleaner. This box has excellent filtration and moves air through the filter, trapping very fine dust particles.