Two of the biggest sawdust creators in the shop – tablesaw and router. I have dust collection of a sorts for both of them, but it is primitive. I have a small length of 2 1/2” hose that moves from one tool to the other and no autoswitch. So, first I move the hose connection, then I turn on the vacuum, then I can run the tool. The only filtering is is that inside the shopvac and those suckers are $14 each! I need a better solution.
I have been reading about vortex dust separators for a while. Of the mini separators, the Dust Deputy is the cheapest but gets consistently high marks in shootouts with the others. I ordered one.
A friend of mine gave me three of these barrels:
It looks like they originally held 100 lbs of powdered hand soap. Very sturdy, cardboard construction (important because I want to add some sensing to tell me when the container is full), and did I mention sturdy. I have seen reviews where they actually collapsed 5 gallon buckets with the suction from a shopvac. I use two of these for waste buckets around the shop.
The metal ring that originally sealed the top keeps the garbage bag from collapsing into the bucket.
I took one of the metal lids, cut and drilled mounting holes and mounted the Dust Deputy:
The lid is heavy enough that I didn’t need to add any support. Some posts on the Webb using 5 gallon buckets had to add a plywood circle to support the Dust Deputy. I don’t think it will be necessary in this case but I still haven’t put any vacuum on it.
So here’s what I have so far:
And, of course, I ran into my first problem: the Dust Deputy is designed for 2” hose. All the hose I have and every shopvac I have are 2 1/2”. I’ll have to find a way to adapt the Dust Deputy to 2 1/2”.
I have big plans for this. I want to automate the dust collection as much as possible. That will involve making an autoswitch that will turn the vacuum if either the tablesaw or the router is turned on and some kind of diverter valve that will automatically switch from one tool to the other. I also want to add a sawdust sensor to tell me when the dust collection bin is full.
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