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    Installing a Curtain Behind Lathe?

    I have a small full shop...20 x 20. I have my lathe near the front door and it is really the only place for it w/o major rearranging. Anyhow I am wanting to put up a curtain to help keep chips/dust etc. from getting all over the shop as much as possible. I have 2 sections of T8 lights right in middle of shop and by putting the curtain up at the only place I can it will go right under the lights..I was going to use a tarp with some hooks hanging on 3/4" pvc pipe and that would run under the lights maybe 4" at the most..I was concerned about safety here..The curtain would be pulled back out of the way of the lights when not in use but didnt want to worry about the lights near the tarp/curtain...Any suggestion?..I thought about having one end on a stand that I would move when finished and the other on a rod sticking out from wall but this would be sort of inconvenient. Be better to have it hanging down from ceiling rafters with lights out of way but I need to go the easiest route and dont want to relocate the lights....Thanks for any ideas....!!!

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    this may sound a bit off, but using a shower curtain may help. can be easily moved, won't absorb any flying finishes, won't get dust and chips hung up in it like cloth, and quite cheap.
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    +1 on a bottom-hem weighted shower curtain (or use a couple $1 spring clamps for weight on a cheapie). I'm fooling with a similar idea for a sanding station. All our shops are different of course but, can you sink some screw-eyes into opposite walls at the plate and string a guy-wire? Also, open-style shower hooks would let you put the curtain up and down quickly if simply shoving it to the side is not an option.
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    Installing a Curtain Behind Lathe?

    I hung a plastic shower curtain behind where I stand at the lathe to keep the chips out of my sharpening station. I'll post a photo or two once I get home.


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    I think I probably have been trying to over think this....some eye bolts and guy wire or light cable and the tarp I have already

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    Seems like similar solutions to similar problems. I just hung a shower curtain "sim-to" a couple days ago to keep the sawdust from the TS smothering the adjacent wall shelves & contents.
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    I like this idea and look forward to seeing you're set ups.... my lathe is also sitting by the front doorway and I face the doors when working, but still wind up with chips and dust over everything in the shop. Please post your pictures soon. Tks
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    I use shower curtains on an EMT frame hung from the ceiling/wall. EMT works well because you can buy the pipe already bent for the corners and it's more rigid than PVC.

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    Finally, here are some pics of mine...



    The curtain is just hanging on a piece of vinyl-coated clothesline wire strung between two eye bolts that were out in the cabinets on either side. I can pull it off to either side...



    ...but sometimes I just duck behind the curtain to touch up a tool or grab a tool or sanding disk.



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    I have been planning on a shower curtain to keep my sharpening station clean. Need to get it done and like the idea's. Thanks.
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