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Dust can pose a serious health threat.

Dust extraction or dust collection is critical when building or construction anything which requires a good finish.

Sanding to a smooth surface is necessary for the finish coat to be clean and clear. Epoxy used in boat building

levels out to just such  a finish, but dust suspended in the atmosphere will settle and ruin your hard work.

Understanding this, I built my own dust collector, but many excellent extraction systems are available online.

My cost so far....$6.50 and some screws. 


You guessed it, I'm cheap! I found these two fans at a garage sale, and paid the grand sum of $1.00 each. The shelving came from the company I work for. They were going to dump this good wood !!! Can you believe it?? I had to add the screws to put it together. The egg-crate grid is from an old light fitting, and the filter, yes, I had to buy the filter... 2 x for $9.99. I sized it according to our home furnace, so the other filter is not going to waste.

I have a loose piece of the egg-crate, which I place over the filter, and vacuum with my Shop Vac at the end of each dust-making session. The egg-crate prevents the filter from snagging on the vacuum head and getting damaged.


We aren't all lucky enough to pick up extraction fans at garage sales, and still, nothing can beat a well designed, professionally built dust extraction unit. These are all excellent buys. Click on the links and have your dust collector delivered to your door.

Delta Machinery Tools 1HP Single Stage Dust Collector - AP400

Delta Machinery Tools 1HP Single Stage Dust Collector - AP400

Delta Machinery Tools 1HP Single Stage Dust Collector Delta ShopMaster Model AP400 1HP Single Stage Dust Collector includes a 1HP, 12/6 amp., 60 Hz, 3450 rpm, 120/240V single phase motor, advanced blower design, (2) 30 micron collection bags, 4" X 5-ft. collection hose, base with four swivel caster assemblies, cord and plug, and instruction manual. Product Features 1HP TEFC induction motor for long-lasting, smooth performance. Fined aluminum motor housing keeps motor running cool during long periods of use. Curved steel impeller produces maximum air velocity for efficient dust collection. Maximum 650 CFM. 30 micron top and bottom collection bags provide large dust collection capability. Sturdy steel base with four easy-gliding wheels formoving from machine to machine or for storing out of the way. Product Specifications Motor 1 HP Maximum CFM 650 Max. Static Pressure (in water) 8.5 MOTOR 1 HP STANDARD BAG FILTRATION 30 Micron MAXIMUM CFM: 650 BAG AREA (SQUARE FEET) 20 (1.9 sq. meter) CHIP CAPACITY (CUBIC FEET) 2.6 (0.25 cu. meters) OVERALL DIMENSIONS Width: 14"(356 mm) Length: 27"(686 mm) Height: 57"(1,448 mm) WEIGHT 90 lbs. (41 kg)