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Project by jcoulam posted 1821 days ago 99940 views 257 times favorited 58 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was really tired of cleaning my shop vac every other day and as my vac started filling up the suction would go way down. I looked at all the solutions out there I determined that the cyclone units were better than the bags and filters. The problem is they are all so expensive, and I’m on a real budget. So I decided I would try and make my own… That was the best decision ever! I went to my local home store and bought some 2” PVC and an 8” x 24” piece of duct and made my own… Since then I have not had to touch my shop vac, this cyclone collects everything, you can see from the picture saw dust in the bucket and the vac is empty, this is working on my seventh bucket with nothing in the vac. The best part is the vac doesn’t lose suction (I sound like a Dyson commercial). Oneida sells the Dust Deputy and if it works as well as my homemade one it is well worth it.

-- Jeff Coulam, Lakeway Texas





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jockmike2

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#1 posted 1821 days ago

I bought the little black thing that Rockler sells, but it’s got a curve thing that goes down in the bucket and the other hole that goes to the vac. is too close and the vac sucks stuff up right from the the curved thing sticking down in the bucket. I’ve got a Rigid vac just like yours, man that thing sucks. Maybe I’ll try what you did. It looks like it would work fine. Nice job.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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choppertoo

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#2 posted 1821 days ago

Very nice. I see one of these in my future. Any comments on the construction process would be appreciated.
Maybe you should submit your design to Shop Notes, I could see them being interested in something like this.

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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cwdance1

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#3 posted 1821 days ago

Where did you find the plan for this thing? I need one realy bad in my shop.

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Christopher

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#4 posted 1821 days ago

Ingenious Jcoulam! I love hand built tools. I recently realized that even though I am cash strapped I can still build the tools I want. I am making a hollowing chisel right now for turning vessels.

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Bigdogs117

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#5 posted 1821 days ago

I think this is great. This may not be perfect for dust collection but it has to be better than nothing. I would still use a dust mask for additional safety but this is cool. I would like to see a blog on how to build this myself.

-- Rusty

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 1821 days ago

Oneida just called boy are they mad LOL very inventive well done

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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2xmahi

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#7 posted 1821 days ago

please post more info on the construction.. that thing seems great

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cabinetmaster

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#8 posted 1821 days ago

I’m putting in my 2 cents too. Please post your plans on how you built this. Looks very useful.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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Karson

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#9 posted 1821 days ago

You said that this is 2” pcv so it works with the shop vacs, at least for their hoses.

A nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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tmiller

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#10 posted 1821 days ago

Nice work!

Yours looks different than the usual ones I have seen. Most are freakin huge and somewhat impractical for a small shop.

Please post more pics.

-- tmwsigns.com

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bayspt

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#11 posted 1820 days ago

I’ll make number 7 to ask. Please go more indepth. I could really use something like this in my shop.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#12 posted 1820 days ago

Maybe it works better than the store bought :-)) ??

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Praki

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#13 posted 1820 days ago

Nice job! I would also love to a blog on the construction process.

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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BTKS

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#14 posted 1820 days ago

Great job, looks like you are going to help a load of folks save money as well as have a cleaner, healthier shop. My hat off to you, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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patron

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#15 posted 1820 days ago

good post ,
and yes ,
details , details ,
we want more !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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