Home made Dust Collector

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Project by Wingstress posted 04-20-2009 03:59 AM 16876 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I feel kind of bad for posting a project that I didn’t create, but I just found this homemade dust collector on ebay in a neighboring town. Since I was about to drop a pile of cash on a new DC, I figured it was worth a shot to try this. (Paid $250). Its only a 1 HP motor, but seems to get quite a bit of suction. I wish the chip separator were a cyclone, but the square box style seems to be well built. The entire structure is sealed with furnace sealant to be air tight. I tested it by really having to pull hard to open the door to the trash can when its running. I think eventually, I’ll get rid of the box tower and replace it with a metal cyclone, but for now I’m going to give this a try. The filter bags seem really old and full. I tried shaking them out, but they were just too dusty. Does anyone know a good place I can get filter bags? They are held on a 12” metal flange with a hose clamp and my initial search on the internet didn’t yield any slam dunks. If there are any suggestions to improving this design, please let me know. Thanks

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#1 posted 04-20-2009 07:08 AM

great find ! Looks like it should work pretty good. Nice air pump.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 04-20-2009 12:26 PM

Looks pretty cool. Nice home made device,

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#3 posted 04-20-2009 04:41 PM

shop made is a winner

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#4 posted 04-20-2009 04:41 PM

shop made is a winner

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#5 posted 04-21-2009 03:49 AM

It looks like it works.

Does it also wave it’s arms and shout “DANGER! DANGER! DANGER, Will Robinson!”

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#6 posted 04-21-2009 06:28 AM

Check for filters. You might be able to replace the bags with canisters, but that could be big $.

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#7 posted 05-16-2009 05:11 AM

what kind of motor is on the home made dust collecter to suck the shaveing and could u send me more detaild pictures i want to try and make my own i am new in wood working and cant find a nice dust collecter

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#8 posted 05-18-2009 03:38 PM

Hey…..if it works…..why not.

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#9 posted 05-05-2010 05:01 AM

I like the idea, I only wonder if there is a way to make it a little more compact.

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