Dust collection setup

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Project by geekwoodworker posted 11-22-2014 10:09 PM 3791 views 19 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I finally decided to upgrade my dust collection by adding a cyclone and plumbing the shop to each tool. My old setup kept plugging up the filter canister and when the crank that helps clean out the filter broke I had to do something different. I used 4 ” PVC sewer pipe for it. I built all the blast gates and pipe brackets using Jay Bates design from I really like his design and it was very easy to build. The pipe brackets are great because I can use zap straps to hold the pipe even if it is sideways on the wall. ( (

So a big thanks to Jay for that.

I had to build a box for the filter canister to be clamped to. It has a hinged door on the bottom that can be opened to clean the filter when required. I can still turn the filter flappers by opening the box and turning them with a pair of vice grips.

Here is a picture of my old setup. Yes that is a plastic bag for a cyclone and it worked great except all the dust went through blower first so fine dust particles would fill the filter reducing efficency.

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#1 posted 11-22-2014 10:41 PM

I am going to use your setup as a reference for mine. Clean and simple, Just the way I like it. good job!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 11-23-2014 07:52 AM

Wow, that is some set up you have. thanks for sharing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 11-23-2014 01:15 PM

I read this with interest. I do want to know though, what the plywood box is for? I like the shut off valves. Do you move the hose to each equipment as you use it? I bought all kinds of piping for my system, but have yet to install it. Very curious about the wooden box however.

-- jroot

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#4 posted 11-23-2014 03:29 PM

jroot – the box is to attach blower out and filter canister to and it allows me to open the door and clean filter when required. I made 6 blast gates. 2 gates go to my spindle and belt sanders. 2 go to my table saw, drill press and multi-tool cabinet. And 2 are for my other tools which I do roll to the gates as required. The system goes up to the ceiling and branches off to both sides of my shop.
To make all this I used 55 feet of 4” piping.
Here are some pics of everything else.

Hope these help.
Thanks for looking

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#5 posted 11-23-2014 05:44 PM

Thanks for the great answers and the photos. That really helps.

I LIKE it. Well done.

-- jroot

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#6 posted 11-23-2014 06:05 PM

This is awesome. Thanks for sharing and great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 11-24-2014 07:37 PM


Another great post! How efficient is the 4 inch pvc with your system? Noticed that it’s not 6 inch down to 4 inch which many have advised.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 11-24-2014 08:58 PM

Doc. I actually have better suction now than before. I think it is because the filter isn’t always getting clogged by dust. My old setup had 6” down to 4” and it worked well but this setup seems to work better. I originally wanted to make it with 6” but I couldn’t find 6” pvc pipe so I just went this way. I am very pleased with it.


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#9 posted 11-27-2014 01:58 PM

A very nice setup for dust collection.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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