Working out of my garage, I have been thinking about solutions to my dust problem. I made a power tool cart with my router, band saw, horizontal belt sander, scroll saw and chop saw all on one cart with heavy duty casters, and I simply wheel it out into the driveway and lock the wheels in place. When I am done working, any residual dust is blown into the empty dirt field next to my house using my leaf blower.
In the winter months, this is less of an option for obvious reasons, and this has me thinking about other options for dust removal. All of my tools have hose fittings on them for a vacuum, but they are different sizes, and I currently do not have a dust separator either.
I have been doing some research online about simple and effective methods for dust separation so I don’t have to replace or blow out my shop vac filter every time I’m done using it, and I have found that there are a LOT of options.
I have an old household upright vacuum that has a broken part where the filter attaches to the frame, and for that reason we purchased a new one. I am thinking of taking this vacuum apart and scavenging all of the good parts to make a plywood framed all-in-one vacuum/separator unit. This unit will be built into my cart, but also removable with casters.
Why not just use my shop vac and make a separator? I have no space left in my garage. The shop vac is already huge enough without adding a bucket or some other unit next to it. Plus I like the challenge of integrating the dust removal system into my wheeled tool cart, and having a PVC port at each end of the cart for accessory extension in case I build another cart (see how this project can get out of hand).
Anyhow, as I progress on my design and implementation, I will keep track and publish the photos and plans here for my integrated all in one dust separator and removal unit. I think it’s gonna be a lot of fun, and I only have like 5 projects going at once right now, so I needed a new one.
Thoughts and comments welcome.
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