What is the best way to add dust collection for a lathe? The chips seem to go everywhere but land mostly in front of the lathe.—Joyce Hanna

Steve Costain replies: For dust collection, I have a flexible hose (Loc-Line coolant hose from McMaster Carr) connected to my dust collection system.

Jon Siegel replies: Yes, dust collection is important at the lathe, especially when sanding. If you are turning green wood there will not be much dust, but dry wood does produce dust. Some woods like mahogany are very dusty, and some tropical woods like coco-bolo produce dust that is very irritating. I do not always use the dust collector in the turning stage, but I always use it when sanding.

Dust Collection