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I have no idea. I don't think anybody really knows. Some very smart people have studied it, and some have concluded that sawdust exposure can lead to serious allergic reactions, even cancer. Other very smart people say that sawdust is an organic material that our bodies are designed to endure, and that it's no more harmful than the dust we breath in the air every day. So I can't say how breathing sawdust will affect you over time. However, I do know people who have had to quit the hobby they love because of the affects of sawdust exposure. That's nearly as scary as cancer! So it makes sense to protect yourself. Why risk it if you don't have to?


This section of our website is intended to be an ever growing resource to help you avoid common dust collection mistakes that will cost you time and money.


I've tested every sort of dust collection out there: Shop vacuums, chip separators, cheap single stage collectors, expensive cyclones, all sorts of filters and hoses and ducts, you name it. I've made a lot of mistakes, spent a LOT of money, and I know what works and what doesn't, even on a small budget. Over the next several months I'll share all of that experience with you, for free, right here. (

The latest dust collection resources:

More will be added periodically, so check back often! (Sign up for our email list)

Will sawdust kill you? Why risk it...

DOWNLOADABLE PDF GUIDE COMING SOON! WOOD magazine compares nine high quality dust collectors Bill Pentz' cyclone dust collection research page Is it possible for static-electricity to cause a dust explosion in PVC ductwork? Read this article...

Upgrade your single-stage collector!

This video contains some ideas for making your single-stage dust collector (the kind with the big bag filter) more efficient.

Build a "Thien Baffle"

We make TWO versions- one with a trashcan for a full size dust collector, and one with a 5 gallon pail for a shop vacuum.



Build a mini-cyclone for a shop vacuum

PART TWO- Modifying the shop vacuum



Build a mini-cyclone for a shop vacuum

PART ONE- Making the cyclone



The GIANT wooden cyclone!

We build a full size wooden cyclone with TWO harbor freight blowers!

Get your ambient air cleaner to work better

Learn how to attach a big, cleanable canister filter that will make your system run better and save you a lot of money in the long run.

How do you know when your

filter needs cleaning?

Learn how to make a homemade "manometer" from some simple parts, and keep your system working at top efficiency.

Should you upgrade to a canister filter?

We teach you all about filter types, merv ratings and how you can seriously improve your dust collector's performance.

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