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    Air Freshener for Stinking Work Shop?

    Ho Boy, I did it yesterday. I was ripping a piece of CDX plywood on my TS against the fence to reduce the thickness & I was about halfway through the length when the blade/plywood really started to overheat. Now, before I go any further I have to admit that I was derelict & knew better & the blade (Carbide 60T) was gummed up & I shouldn't have used it, but I did, I wanted to complete the cut so I forced it on: what a dummy! Anyway, the burning stench was overwhelming. I tried to exhaust the odor with fans from my workshop, around & up a flight of stairs to the garage. Too little, too late.

    My wife came home, she had to go to the finished lower level & check out (as in admire) the new furniture we just purchased throughout the area. This area is right next to the workshop & is separated only by a door. Whammo! She immediately blew a fuse & I've been on the receiving end ever since. Even a nice Valentine's card didn't lower the volume.

    So, what's a guy to do? Keep a spray can of air freshener, or incense (LOL), on hand for such "emergencies"? Now, I know you guys are all pros, but some of you must have made a mistake or two during your careers to cause the air in your shop to foul, and I'm not referring to a natural expulsion of odiferous vapor fragrance either.

    If you have found air freshener to work, which variety worked best? Not looking for something sweet & purty, just a neutralizer - maybe something like a grilled hamburger. LOL

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    None of the above Al, you just have to stop and fix the problem at the first hint of smoke as it isn't going to get better on it's own just worse... Or get a separate shop building which is the best solution but you still have to stop and fix things...


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    Ooops! Only solution I have is maybe grill a hamburger on a george foreman grill in the shop or close to the new furniture??

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    What are you doing for dust control? I'm wondering if that isn't going to be a bigger problem over time so close to the finished area? Might need to think about one of those whole shop air filter things, which might help clear the air a bit.


    The wife uses these to freshen up areas around the house.

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    I'm not sure that even Frebreeze is going to help you in that situation. Separate shop would be the best step, perhaps a charcoal filter in one of the air scrubbers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Launier View Post
    Anyway, the burning stench was overwhelming. I tried to exhaust the odor with fans from my workshop, around & up a flight of stairs to the garage. Too little, too late.
    So are we to understand that you don't have any windows in your basement shop at all?

    I have one window in my shop, so I open that one, put in a fan blowing out, and open the other window on the other side of the basement to allow fresh air to come in.

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    No windows at all.

    For air filtration I'm using a 2-speed 20" Sq. fan with a 20" Sq. filter duct taped to it. I added two 12" additional fans in the stairwell to supplement the 20" fan that serves the TS.

    Brent, I'll try the odor absorber you suggested. I'll place it right next to the door so she gets a strong whiff if she opens the door. LOL

    However, the bottom line is to do it right to begin with.
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    We've all made mistakes and we've all learned from them. I always learn form things that I have to work hardest for or suffer the most from. I would say with the level of pain associated with this one, the lesson will stick pretty good . I could offer some things you have already figured out like, 10 minutes to clean the blade or changing to a usable one is a fraction of the time you are no spending and so forth . . .

    Is SWMBO in favor of your woodworking hobby? If so, I wouldn't think you wouldn't get too much push back on addressing some dust collection and air handling upgrades. You have actual weather where you live and I only hear about such things on the radio so I will let others discuss dust collection methods for your area. Good luck and . . . there's always next Valentine's Day. She should have forgiven you by then(?).
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    Al i dont have as much snow now as you but i do get cold temps,, and have made your mistake once maybe two weeks ago so back to the smell and how to fix it. i would get your self one of those air cleaners like darren mentioned or make one, take and use a carbon filter next to the intake and a regular filter outside of that to catch the dust and not fill your carbon filter so fast,, they are easy to make if you can get a old furnace fan from somewhere.. also you could look into getting a outside vent set up as well with a fan pushing air out.. i have a 32x 32 area that has one of the air cleaners and even when its bad it doesn't take much over a hour to clear it out..i am not pushing it outside just taking and cleaning it.. i do hav4e a exhaust fan setup in the finish room so i dont have to inhale finish fumes all day as well.
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    Make a batch of cookies, or brownies... anything with chocolate. That usually puts me in good odor regardless of the ambient odor

    I'd agree that having zero outside venting sounds problematic/scary especially when doing any finishing. Even in an attached garage with a nice big open door I have to be a bit careful when using the fumier finishes to not let them get into the house (loml is extra sensitive though, so one whiff and she's like WHAT IS THAT.. even when I can't even really smell it).

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