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Project by timbertailor posted 10-07-2014 04:44 PM 10423 views 63 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a two car garage that I must share with one of our vehicles, so everything is on wheels to make moving things easier. This dust collector is no different, with locking caster, as well. I have very little space for more tools until I move so everything must make the best use of the square footage a tool must take up on my shop floor.

After reviewing many designs on the internet, I have tried to incorporate all the things that people wished they had changed or addressed.

I added a wooden rod under the filter and attached the filter to the rod. Many complained that attaching the turn buckles directly to the filter inlet housing caused distortions of the flimsy sheet metal it was meant to attach to. I also added a piece of plywood under the filter to provide a flat surface for the filter to seal against. I then took silicone to every crack and crevice, and bolt hole to prevent fine dust from escaping.

I completely eliminated the plastic catch bag and made room for my Rigid shop vac. I bought a second hose and now I can run the exhaust of the shop vac back into the Thien Cyclone\Separator (you really do not want to be blowing the finer particles back into the shop after all this work to remove them).

I made a drawer for all the extra vac accessories and clamps. If dust build up become a problem, I designed the drawer to act as a dust collector in the future, should the space provided for fines is not adequate. So far, the cyclone removes 99% with little or nothing gathering below the filter.

This is my first pocket hole project and scrap wood project. Something that is very difficult for me, if you knew my personality. I am moving so using up a bunch of scrap was a good thing.

I also recycled parts from the Central Machinery DC Kit. The handle for the drawer came in the kit, and I used one of the metal support bars to make a mechanism to prevent the clamps from getting knocked off the cart.

The cart houses all my vacuum hoses, electrical cords, compressor air hoses, shop drop lights, and various straight edges and squares.

I added a power strip outlet for convenience.

To improve performance, I have removed almost 3 feet of 5” hose from the system, and ran a 5” outlet straight out into the Thien Cyclone. I used four inch hose everywhere else. I also added the Wynn Environmental 0.5 micron filter and removed the screen inlet to the blower. A metal trash can was used to avoid wall collapse that has been known to occur with plastic cans.

The bottom of the cart uses a torsion box to provide adequate support.

Over 100 pocket screws later and a tube of silicone, she runs great and holds a bunch of things that never really had a proper home.

I still have the whole back and side of the cart for more clamps, should I be so lucky to expand my collection that far.

Comments and suggestions are welcome. Thanks for your interest.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed





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timbertailor

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#1 posted 10-07-2014 04:48 PM

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#2 posted 10-07-2014 05:16 PM

That is, to be sure, quite an engineering feat.
It has everything except a motor to propel it into position.
Talk about a ‘Space Saver’, this one must take 1st place.

Well Done, Brad !
Work Safely and have Fun. – Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#3 posted 10-07-2014 06:28 PM

Thanks Len.

Floor and wall space are at a premium in my shop so making the best use of the space was the driving force behind this design.

And since I am moving to my dream shop\property in a few months, getting everything organized and on wheels has been a priority.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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#4 posted 10-07-2014 08:23 PM

Well done Brad!
It’s like the Swiss Army Knife of Dust-collecting.
It has everything!
I’m in the same boat as you.
I share the garage with the wife’s car, the washer & dryer, & the water heater!

Thanks for sharing.

-- Chem, Central California

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#5 posted 10-07-2014 09:13 PM

Good job Brad. I have limited space and just found a DC for a good price. I have been planning a similar build and this has given me a few ideas I may incorporate. Thanks for sharing.

PS – I like the router table: is the 4”/2” hose split effective? I have a 1.5 hp DC and I think it might not suck enough but I am going to give it a try.

-- Once the dust settles, breath and behold the beauty of the wood.

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#6 posted 10-07-2014 09:37 PM

Such a clever work.I like the idea.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#7 posted 10-07-2014 09:37 PM



Good job Brad. I have limited space and just found a DC for a good price. I have been planning a similar build and this has given me a few ideas I may incorporate. Thanks for sharing.

PS – I like the router table: is the 4”/2” hose split effective? I have a 1.5 hp DC and I think it might not suck enough but I am going to give it a try.

- rackjabbit

I am very happy with its performance. I was just using a single 2 1/2” line to the router box with nothing to vacuum the dust at the fence, powered by my shop vac.

Now that I have suction at the fence, it is so much easier to work and far less of a mess is made.

I have kept my hose runs short and eliminated as much plumbing as possible and I think it has gone a long way in preserving the marginal performance of the Central Machinery DC system.

Good luck with your project and I am glad I have been able to provide some ideas.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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#8 posted 10-08-2014 12:02 AM


Such a clever work.I like the idea.

- Surfside

What a great compliment. Thank you.


Well done Brad!
It s like the Swiss Army Knife of Dust-collecting.
It has everything!
I m in the same boat as you.
I share the garage with the wife s car, the washer & dryer, & the water heater!

Thanks for sharing.

- fivecodys

Sounds like you have to work in an even tighter space than I. All our appliances are in the house.
Glad you like the design and thank you for your kind words. It is appreciated.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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#9 posted 10-08-2014 12:23 AM

Cool drill press on wheel.

-- Rodman

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#10 posted 10-08-2014 12:35 AM


Cool drill press on wheel.

- rodman40

The tire is for pushing cars into the shop (see sig). I would leave it outside but it just becomes a mosquito generator.

The drill press, like most of my tools, was left to me by my father when he passed away. I put a Woodpecker table and fence on it and I am making use of the Kregg Automaxx Bench Klamps (see my review) that I bought for using with my new assembly table. The drill press needs its own workstation but it will have to wait. I just got wheels under it not too long ago.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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#11 posted 10-08-2014 09:22 AM

Well done should serve you well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 10-08-2014 10:42 AM

Great design and engineering. Sounds like your reading and research also payed off. Great job.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#13 posted 10-08-2014 10:58 AM

Timbertailor – this is impressive indeed. great job
jackrabbit – on my router table i made a rockler-style dust-bucket out of scraps and ran the 4” hose to the back of the box and the 2.5 split to the fence (behind the bit vs the end as Timbertailor did) and with even a 1HP DC it did fine. i now have 1.75 PM cone DC and its even better so i would think you’ll be fine.

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#14 posted 10-08-2014 02:13 PM

This a great idea. I have a similar set-up but it is affixed to the wall. I never thought about eliminating the plastic catch bag. I also catch most of the chips and dust using an Oneida setup versus a Thien Cyclone\Separator but the idea is the same.

Do you think you get a bit more dust/chips in the exhaust cartridge by not using the plastic catch bag?

-- Chuck Anstrom - Virginia

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#15 posted 10-08-2014 02:24 PM

That is a great idea.

I have been thinking about a cart for my vacuum and just recently came into 12 ned Jorgensen bar clamps that I am struggling where to store.

I am going to use this as a starting point for my next shop project.

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.

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