Vacuuming in a small workshop with a dust right wall-mouinted dust collector

Over the past several years, woodworkers in greater and greater numbers have started taking woodshop dust control seriously.

As this new health and safety awareness has spread, we've seen the demand for dust collectors and dust collection equipment grow exponentially. To keep up, we've greatly expanded our selection of dust containment tools, adding everything from a range of dust collectors to specialized dust ports and fittings.

In doing so we've paid special attention to our core constituents - hobbyists and small-shop owners who may not have the need (or funds) to call in a consultant and set up an industrial-class system. In keeping with that, we created Dust Right, a system of integrated components that we think has the potential to revolutionize dust control in shops on the more compact end of the spectrum.

The Dust Right system is really about appropriate dust collection. In a one or two-person shop, hooking up dedicated dust collection to every single tool on the floor and powering the system with a giant cyclone can be a cumbersome, expensive and unnecessary enterprise. With the ever-broadening variety of small to intermediately-sized portable dust collectors available, moving portable dust collection from tool to tool is now the most sensible solution in a great many cases.

The easiest way to drill the holes in the legs to accept the stretcher is with a handheld electric drill. Start the drill square to the leg turning, then bring the drill down until it lines up with the mark in the other leg. You are now drilling at the correct angle. Dry assemble the front stretcher, and now measure one of the side stretchers. It goes from just below the front groove to above the groove on the back leg. The other side stretcher does the opposite; it goes from just above the front groove to just below the groove in the back. They form an "X" in side view. The reason for staggering the holes is to keep strength in the legs. Dry assemble the second stretcher before measuring and turning the third. Center punch all the holes that are not on a groove to make starting the drill more accurate. The last step is to lay out and cut slots into the tops of the legs for wedges. Orient the slots so they run across the seat grain so you won’t split the seat during assembly.

The Dust Right system, with its easy-to-attach tool ports and quick-connect fittings, is designed to make tool-to-tool portable dust collection as efficient and hassle-free as possible. Beyond that, the Dust Right system lets you harness the air and debris moving capacity of your dust collector for use in cleaning up the floor, your bench top, and any out of the way crevice in your shop. With its easy-to-connect floor sweeps and bench nozzles, large port sizes, 4" diameter wand and dust collector-class air volume, the Dust Right system will make piles of shavings and debris that would choke even the best shop vacuum disappear in an instant.