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Blog entry by kevinbradshaw posted 04-28-2014 06:47 PM 1184 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first blog.

I’ve just recently gotten into woodworking and quickly realized that even small projects create a lot of dust. And since I have two little girls in the house and I have asthma, I decided that I couldn’t keep working without some sort of dust collection system.

I don’t have much space, and I didn’t want to spend tons of money, so I decided on the Dust Deputy DIY. It’s pretty basic: Shop-Vac, large plastic bucket (I was going to use a 5-gallon paint bucket but I found a 10, 15 gallon maybe, chlorine bucket from a pool supply store), some 2 inch PVC, a 10 foot flexible hose, some MDF and some small casters so I can move it around.

Here is the finished product:

Here are the results of my first trial run.

This is the dust that I had in a separate bucket that I used for my test:

This is my Shop-Vac before:

Here is the dust going around the Dust Deputy:

Here is the large bucket with all the dust:

And here is the very small amount of dust that made it into the shop-vac:
This was a dry-fit test run, so none of the PVC was sealed and I haven’t tested the seal of the bucket. So with a little tinkering I hope to reduce the amount of dust getting into the shop-vac to nearly nothing.



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Richard

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#1 posted 04-28-2014 07:43 PM

Nice build on this and Looks like it is going to work just fine. I had not thought of useing the PVC , was just going to go with the flex hose when I make mine. but I just might try the PVC since I can get some scrap from work for free.

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#2 posted 04-28-2014 10:59 PM

Looks good. I’ll be making my dust deputy/vac cart pretty soon.

Bare-footed woodworking ftw. :-p

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#3 posted 04-28-2014 11:29 PM

That’s got to be a winner for everybody all round!

-- Regards Robert

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#4 posted 04-29-2014 12:54 AM

That PVC pipe looks like a good idea!

-- Dean

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#5 posted 05-11-2014 11:24 PM

I was going to post a Question, but I think you answered my question. Instead of paying Oneida Air for the bucket I can just by the cyclone and attach to A Homer bucket with cover from Home depot was thinking flex hose like in the plans that shopsmith had but may go for PVC have to think about that

TURNING BEAUTIFUL WOOD INTO SCRAPS ONE BOARD AT A TIME

-- woodnutbob

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