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Blog entry by Fridgecritter posted 12-27-2012 06:04 PM 3577 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

-- "Anyone can post a quote on the internet and attribute the quote to a famous person." -Abraham Lincoln



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sixstring

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#1 posted 12-27-2012 06:59 PM

Howdy. First off, I’d like to request pics of that monster tool cart. Gotta love heavy duty casters! I’ve been thinking of building a similar cart for a belt/disc sander and all my other sanding equipment for the same reasons… less to clean if I sand outdoors.

On the indoor dust collection issue, there are more compact units that mount to the wall. Harbor Freight has one for under $100 that should do the trick. I only have a shopvac (no seperator either) and it’s enough for my jointer/planer/mitresaw/sanders, but just not strong enough to do a good job with my table saw so I’ll be picking up a more industrial, dedicated dust collector… and of course, a seperator. I’m sick and tired of emptying out my shopvac and cleaning the filters!

I’d be curious to see how your vaccum cleaner modifications work out. Should work fine as a sanding unit dust collector but not sure it would work well for a jointer or planer, let alone a table saw. Good luck! Necessity is the mother of invention.

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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Fridgecritter

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#2 posted 12-27-2012 08:55 PM

The main reason I am using the old vacuum parts is because it’s free. Otherwise I would totally be making a trip to Harbor Freight, which is never a good idea. I always buy more clamps when I go there, and while you can never have enough clamps, my wife doesn’t understand.

I won’t be using it for anything more than what’s on my cart, and all of the machines on my cart produce fine saw dust, so it shouldn’t be an issue.

I will take photos of my cart to show you, and put them in a finished project post.

-- "Anyone can post a quote on the internet and attribute the quote to a famous person." -Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 12-27-2012 09:37 PM

OK bud, here is the project page for the rolling station.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/76560

-- "Anyone can post a quote on the internet and attribute the quote to a famous person." -Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 12-27-2012 10:43 PM

That cart looks far more compact than I imagined. Nice job on that. My wife hates it when I go to HF too. I go in for one thing, and come out with bags of stuff. To my credit, it all gets used, and often on her projects. I counter her irritation with her going to Target or the mall and going through the same thing.

Good luck and happy new year man.

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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#5 posted 12-21-2013 10:02 AM

I’d like to see what you came up with on the dust collection.

-- Garry, North Carolina woodworker and engineer - The journey you're preparing for has already begun.

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