Can anyone offer advice for building an economical yet effective
ventilation system for my metals studio.
I’m particularly wondering if I can put together a single system for
multiple ventilation/extraction needs, namely:
1. soldering (silver and copper)
2. pickling, patination, glueing fumes
3. bufffing motor, polishing dust (fibers, compound)
4. flex shaft particle waste
Here are some considerations: I am a hobbyist (with a demanding day
job), and am at my metalswork only sporadically. I also generally
minimize procedures and practices that expose me to toxins.
Nonetheless, I’ve decided it’s time to get prudent. My studio is in
my home, which is a loft-space. The studio space is adjacent to a
wall of large windows, one of which could neatly accommodate an
output vent. The studio space also is not enclosed by walls; you
might think of it as being at the far end of my living room and
immediately adjacent to my bedroom, none of which are separated by
I work mainly in silver and copper. I have an acetylene/air torch; a
flexshaft; buffing machine; and enameling kiln.
Thanks for any input. By the way, how come I don’t see any
ventilation rigs in the collection of bench pictures people have sent