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Project by vrice posted 03-08-2015 08:48 PM 2556 views 10 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a dust collection improvement project I’ve had on my list for months. I first saw this design in Shop Notes #137 last September. I have a 1.5 HP Jet system for my tools needing serious collection, thickness planer, 6” jointer and drum sander. However, for everything else in my shop I have been using, for years, a cheap Rigid 3.5HP shop vac. I simply moved it around reconnecting to my table saw, router table, random orbit sander, etc. as needed. This was a PAIN, especially attending to the filter in the shop vac. None of these needed the heft of the Jet (which was on the other side of the shop), but still needed something reasonable.
This thing is a significant upgrade for me in this regard. Associated with this build I also acquired a new 6HP, 11amp Rigid shop vac. Much more powerful than the small one I have been using for 5 years.
So, I piped up the new shop vac to one side of the Dust Deputy cyclone and the other side has 2” PVC piping allowing for connection to my table saw and router via the floor level leg. I also provided a wye connection that allows a smaller takeoff, 1.5 inch, for my sanders (random orbit, spindle and disc/belt).
In addition I also acquired an auto switch so both my table saw and router table automatically turn on the dust collection when the equipment is started. LOVE IT!
One small nit with the design as published in Shop Notes. The author talks about using paper yard waste bags for the collection. The design of the internal chute requires a yard bag that will fit around a 18”x12” opening. The advantage of the paper variety is they stand up unsupported, making them easy to deal with when installing. Every single paper bag I have found is 16”x12”. I don’t know where the author got his bags. So I’ve just resorted to using a plastic bag that easily fits around the chute, held in place with a little duct tape.
Lastly, I forgot to take some bloody pics of the internals before I buttoned everything up. So I’ve include a screen shot from my Sketchup model.

This thing is dead simple to use. The middle compartment fills up with dust from the bottom of the cyclone. The little window in the front let’s you monitor the level. When appropriate, you simply slide out the white (in my case) gate to let the dust drop down into the bag. Push the gate back in and continue. Then when appropriate you simply replace the bag.

-- Vic Rice





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jsuede

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#1 posted 03-09-2015 01:25 AM

Very nice. Putting this one in the safe for future reference.

How long is the flexible hose at it’s furthest that you’ve used it?, and was the collection still good at the longest length? I’m thinking I might need up to 12’ maybe 14’ max, nice to know if it would be adequate. Thanks, Johnny

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vrice

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#2 posted 03-09-2015 01:56 AM

Thanks Johnny. Keeping in mind I now have a more powerful vac, the performance I am seeing now far exceeds what I had before. And what I had before was “adequate”, but not great. This setup REALLY sucks…;-)
The flexible hose, in the pics, I’m using is 12’ long. It goes to the table saw and router table. However, the other port, the 1.5” one, has a hose (1.25” dia) that is 15’ long. I use this with my orbital sanders. It also works great.

-- Vic Rice

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#3 posted 03-09-2015 02:41 AM

Nice execution, saw the same setup and wondered if i could make it work for me, have a different idea for bottom collection though. I have a 22gal former grease barrel that i currently have my dust deputy mounted to the top. If i made this i would want the upper compartment to empty into same barrel. I would prefer it over a bag, since i have a “compost” pile i eventually dump my dust in. Interested to see how effective this setup is in the long haul.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#4 posted 03-09-2015 05:25 AM

Great to hear it’s doing a good job. Thanks for the feedback. I’ve been musing on a replacement shop vac for the sole purpose of dust control and research shows your choice to be a solid winner. This is gonna be priority for me, tired of the safety of dust control taking a backseat on the to do list.

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#5 posted 03-09-2015 02:57 PM

Nice setup. Did you consider putting the Rigid vac inside the cabinet too to cut down on noise?

Also, You might want to consider getting a Smartstream filter for the vacuum. It is really nice to be able to just blow or wash them off when the fine dust that makes it through the cyclone finally builds up. They are about double what one of the best standard paper filters cost but last much longer because you can clean them up.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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vrice

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#6 posted 03-10-2015 02:16 AM

No room, with this design, to put the vac inside the cabinet Lazyman. Interesting idea though. Regarding the Smartstream filter, do you buy these online?

-- Vic Rice

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#7 posted 03-10-2015 02:58 PM

Vrice, First, I misspoke. They are called Cleanstream, not smartstream. These filters are a little more expensive than the standard ones but pay for themselves after just one cleaning. I got lucky and found 2 of them (one for Shop Vac and one for Craftsman vac) at the local Lowe’s and Home Depot but they have not restocked them since I bought mine about a year ago, probably because they would rather sell you 10 “cheap” filters than just one of these. You can find them on the Home Depot website if your local stores don’t have them in stock. The one listed on the HD site is even HEPA certified. You can also buy directly from Cleanstream (http://www.cleanstream.com/products/landing_craftsman_ridgid.html). Note that the dry-only version is much cheaper than the wet/dry ones (http://www.cleanstream.com/products/detail_craftsman_ridgid_dry.html).

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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vrice

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#8 posted 03-11-2015 12:47 AM

Thanks Lazyman. I just noticed the Clearstream filter was mentioned in the Shopnotes issue containing this very design I built here.

-- Vic Rice

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#9 posted 05-24-2015 11:50 AM

Thanks for this post. This is on my to-do list right after I finish building the chest of drawers I am currently working on for my daughter. Glad to see input from someone who built it.

-- No matter where you go, there you are...

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#10 posted 05-24-2015 01:02 PM

Good luck Tom. I didn’t spend expend as much effort on a Sketchup model as I normally do, but you can find what I did here.

-- Vic Rice

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