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Apr 30

Mountmaking Forum ›dust collection





Hello All.

I am in the process of rearranging my shop set-up and was wondering what everyone is using for the collection of metal and acrylic dust.

Have you purchased some kind of system, are you using shop vacs or have you made a dust collection system yourself?  Any and all ideas are welcome,  pictures too, if you are able to post them here or email them to me directly at kim.flora@cincyart.org.

Thank you,




Philip Brutz



We have just ordered this unit for our shop but it has not been delivered yet. 



Philip Brutz Mount Maker Exhibition Production The Cleveland Museum of Art 11150 East Boulevard Cleveland, Ohio 44106-1797

T  216-707-2617 F  216-707-6687






I’ve had good success with this model for about seven years.  It’s still going strong.




Pamela Gaible 7/10/12

Kim, We have been wet sanding acrylic for a long time which helps eliminate a lot of acrylic dust.  Requirement - a large sink and or formica surfaces to work on with a bucket of water.  Shop vacs are used on acrylic buffers. Cutting and shaping done on large sanders, tablesaws and bandsaws have the standard dust collection system where you still will have acrylic dust.

Welding fume hoods with a mechanical arm located on the outside of the tube is best. But they are only so so in collecting welding dust from grinding metal. Phillip you will have to let us know how your new down draft table functions.




james gielow 7/10/12

Hi Kim,

We've been using this ArrestAll for years and years. It's hooked up to all our dust producing tools with a few extra intake pipes for future tools. It's filtration system is a bit time consuming to clean, but it does great with acrylic and metal dust perhaps due to its size.



yours, James





Thank you all for the generous responses. 

Philip, that table looks like a great solution for our small shop,  I look forward to hearing how you like it.



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