Shop Vac Cabinet

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Project by Melchi posted 09-29-2015 04:29 PM 1400 views 5 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the next step in my complete shop rebuild, I never really had a good dust collection system so the shop was always full of dust because my vacuum was loud or just a pain to reach and turn on/off. It was time to do something about that.

It’s quite a simple cabinet really using just some spare plywood and some 2×2. The cabinet is lined with acoustic foam and has a baffled “port” that the vacuum vents though. You can see in the photo with the door open the exhaust of the vacuum is plumbed through the baffle.

It does a pretty good job of silencing the vacuum so much so that you can easily talk over to top of it without having to raise you voice and because of the extra fan pushing the heat through the exhaust it doesn’t get too hot inside.

I’ve added a remote control so I can turn the Vac on and off easily without having to made my across the shop every time.

I thought it would be cool to have a completely see through cyclone separator and I had some spare acrylic around. It does create a bit of static but not enough to be an issue and its really quite fun to see all the chips and dust whizzing round and dropping into the bucket.

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#1 posted 09-29-2015 11:23 PM

Nicely done and I with you about putting the vac in a box to quiet it down.
I’m so used to it being in the box if I open it when it’s running I can barely stand it. LOL
The only change I would make is be on the out look for a bigger bucket.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#2 posted 09-30-2015 02:05 AM

I’ll bet the noise level is reduced and you get less clogged fliters!

This is the way shop vacs need to be made.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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