Re: Protecting electric baseboard heaters in workshop
No matter how good your dust collection system is, you're still going to get significant amounts of dust settling on every surface within the shop.
I would recommend shielding your baseboards against damage by moving equipment and materials, but not worry about dust getting to them. Opt for regular cleaning with a vacuum or air hose to blow the dust and debris out of the cases.
You'll be able to set your cleaning schedule by how much dust is created in the shop. Invest in a dust collector and use it with anything that creates dust, such as bandsaws, table saws, sanders, and such. Large chip items such as planers and joiners don't make much dust unless you're cutting MDF material with them. Build yourself a down-draft table for all sanding, this will draw the bulk of dust into the table and filtration system rather than let it go airborne to settle out on everything.
Also invest in an air filter for the shop. You can buy or build one, which ever suits your needs best. To build one, all you need to do is build a box to house a standard pleated furnace filter and a high volume fan.
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