I decided to liberate the guts of the original Craftsman shop vac and replace the body with another chlorine bucket to make the entire package more compact. After all, the whole point of this exercise is so the main shop vac body sees very little debris. Eh?
I cut out a bucket lid and sliced the top of the original shop vac to match and caulked them together. Easy peasy.
I guess a few words about the vac hose connection to the body of the shop vac might be good. Cut a hole in the bucket, epoxy a 2” PVC elbow, connect a scrap of 2” PVC (with swedged end) from the hoard. Done.
-- Cheers -- g