The Missing Link in Our School – wood shop

There are several different materials available to consider, black pipe, copper, PVC, rubber hose, etc. Each material has its strengths and weaknesses.

In addition to the ambient air dust collection is the system used at each machine. These units generally have a grounded ducting running from the dust collector itself, to each machine. In a home shop, either P.V.C. plastic drain lines, or metal ducts are used to pipe in each machine.

Wood Plane and Set of Chisels – Probably not one of those tools that you will use everyday but they still make the list because they serve a very unique purpose that not many other tools can fill. Trust me if you don’t have it you will quickly realize how important they are lol

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Metal ducting is easier to ground as it is metal, so fastening the sections together is grounding the runs. The end of the duct should be grounded. With a metal cyclone system, the unit is grounded, so the ducting is as well, once they’re screwed together. If the duct is connected to a shop vacuum, a ground wire should be fastened to the metal duct.

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Ambient dust is probably more of a threat to your health than the saw dust at the back of you machines. If you’ve ever seen a wood shop with sunlight pouring in through a window, the amount of dust floating in the air can be quite alarming.

Layout tools:tape measure, small and large size try squares, marking gauge, pencil compass, 6″ and 12″ rulers, bevel gauge, combination square.

There are many cutting tools to choose from. Most can be classified as hand saws or power saws. The ones that you need depend on what you plan on doing. For instance, you will need a chain saw if you plan to fall your own trees. Backsaws are hand saws that have a stiff ridge opposite the cutting side (e.g. dovetail saw, tenon saw, sash saw, and the gent’s saw. These are used for hand cutting precise lines. Power saws are good for cutting large pieces and rough cuts. There are circular saws, radial arm saws, table saws, band saws, and miter saws.

Other ways that fires start in wood shops are usually caused by sparks and bad wiring. If the motor on your table saw shorts out, for example, and throws a few sparks that land in sawdust, you have a fire starter. Same is true for bad wiring in the shop.