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Rope Operated Shop Ventilation System
Mark Bruellman, Rolfe, Iowa: "Whenever I use the chop saw in my shop, I don't like all the dust and smell it makes. To solve the problem, I placed the chop saw on a workbench in front of a double hung window with a spring in it so it doesn't take much effort to go up and down. I hooked a rope up to the window and ran it over a pulley, so that whenever I grab the rope it automatically pulls the window up and all the dust shoots out the window. It saves having to reach over the back of the workbench to open the window. A long lag bolt is embedded in the window frame, and I simply push it down to shut the window. If I did a lot of cutting, a vacuum system might work better. But for occasional shop use, this idea works fine."

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2004 - Volume #28, Issue #5