That is a major thing I saw lacking and to some degree frustrating. When new, you sometimes don't know what to search for or the questions to ask. Through a lot of forum crawling, I found answers to questions I didn't know I even had until I found others experiences. Would have helped me a lot to have this kind of thing, so I figured, why not create it and hopefully learn more along the way.
Great point on the dust shoes! I will dig up some links tomorrow morning, about to hit the sack right now. I also need to make myself a dust shoe soon.. got the harbor freight dust collector.. now just need to get the hoses, make a cyclone bucket, and dust shoe.