PSI Pen Makers Dust Trap

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Alright, lets have a discussion.

I am looking at the PSI Pen Makers Dust Trap as an attachment for making pens, specifically resin pens. Those shavings go everywhere and make quite the mess. This is specically about those resin shavings.

Has anyone used this dust trap and can report on it? Does it do well in collecting the resin shavings and ribbons that can get quite long while spreading far and wide around the greater lathe area? What are your thoughts on this particular dust collecting tool? With the trap mostly encircling the blank it seems that it would catch the shavings fairly well?

Rockler has their own version called the Dust Right Lathe Dust Collection System but that seems better for larger general spindle projects. It doesn't seem like it would catch as much of the resin because the suction is just below the lathe.

Does anyone have a product they bought or designed for collecting the resin that shoots everywhere while turning? If you designed, a picture would be helpful for understanding.
 
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grebmar

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I have the Rockler version. It's made primarily for longer works, so for pen making it fits a mandrel. Single barrel pens are bit too short. However, you can take off the scoop part and the hose itself will work pretty well for short pieces. I've noticed that it does better with acryilics/alumilite, and the long streams go right into the tube. The mess on the lathe is significantly less with acrylics. It doesn't work as well for rounding square blanks, and chips from wood blanks scatter everywhere, so it doesn't seem to work as well for that.
 

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Interesting as I had not seen this before but I don't seem to have much trouble with shavings when turning. I am simply clamping a hose from my shop-vac about 1" behind the piece. There is still an occasional bit of shavings/dust that escapes though so I will absolutely be watching this for more information.
 

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I made my own out of a stormwater T fitting. I just cut an opening down the side. It works well. I can butt the bottom side under my blank & hard up to my tool rest.. to try to capture as much as possible.
 

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Dave

thats a really neat idea. I might try it for the acrylics ( plastics) !

I use a flexi 3” hose currently but still get those damn ribbons everywhere
 

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I noticed the rotation of the lathe propels most of the acrylic shavings towards me. So I fashioned the Rockler collector on a roller stand in front of the lathe connected to Dust Right separator then to the dust collector. Works great.
 

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Thanks for that David, it’s a good point.

With my current set up that would hit my gut ( expanding concern 🤫) so i’ll stick with jerry rigging the hose etc behind the lathe where my stomach is not a factor.
 
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