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Project by BOBAH posted 11-18-2015 08:28 AM 2251 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My workshop is my garage, and want my dust collection system to be compact, effective, quiet and mobile, and I think I’ve got it.

After playing around with Stanley 2.8HP shop vac, dust separation system built out of painter’s bucket, wide wheeled platform supported hosted vac, bucket and trash can side-by-side, I ended up with this combination:
- Shop Vac Ridgid WD1450 6HP – has great suction, yet relatively quiet;
- VF5000 3-Layer Pleated Paper Filter;
- A painter’s bucket from Sherwin-Williams and Oneida Dust Deputy, and extra hose;
- Oneida Molded Dust Deputy Cyclone;
- DGC PRODUCTS i-Socket Autoswitch.

All of it mounted on a cart that is sitting on top of vac, so that I could use its rolling wheels to move it around.

It’s quick and dirty project, and I might come back to it later and rebuild or paint it, but it does the job. The shelf with the bucket literally lays on top of the vac, but is very stable because the two legs are snugly fit into two protrusions in the bottom. The cyclone is attached to a plastic lid over a round stiff platform made out of plywood. The bucket and the lid are pressed down with a plywood “bolt”, or “lock” that I can slide out when I need to remove/empty the bucket.

With extra long hose, I can quickly re-connect my vac between bandsaw, table saw or wand to clean up the floor.





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parkprimus

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#1 posted 11-18-2015 01:48 PM

I have found that the 5 gallon buckets fill up way too fast and is a total pain in my buttock. I really need to build a cart as well but with something bigger than 5 gallons.

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BOBAH

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#2 posted 11-19-2015 12:32 AM

It takes me more than a month to fill out the bucket – I don’t spend as much time as I’d like to produce sawdust

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Bill_Steele

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#3 posted 11-19-2015 05:20 PM

That’s an interesting solution BOBAH. I also have the Dust Deputy cyclone and I built the cart found in Shop Notes. Does the shelf the bucket in your design block the fan vent on the vacuum?

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BOBAH

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#4 posted 11-19-2015 05:48 PM

Bill, in this vac the exhaust port is located on the side opposite of the intake port side, and there are small vent holes on the upper (black) part of this vac near the bottom edge. There seem to be no holes on the topsurface, so nothing is obstructed.

Thank you for sharing your solution, nice curves. Makes me want to rebuild my project with greater attention to details. Do I get it right that the part holding the cyclone is on hinges, so that it could be raised to release the bucket? Is there a latch of some kind to keep it in horizontal position and hold cyclone and bucket in place?

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Bill_Steele

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#5 posted 11-19-2015 08:18 PM

BOBAH,

The handle—the part with hinges—just rests on the top of the cyclone and does not really hold it in place—although I guess it does a little. The bucket is recessed in a circular depression that matches the diameter of the bucket—this keeps the bucket and cyclone from wandering. The shop vac is also sitting in a depression. The base is 2 pieces of 3/4 MDF—the top part has the cutouts for the bucket and shop vac and the bottom is just glued/screwed to it. There are casters mounted to the base.

That hose on the top is one of those that keeps it’s shape when you bend it. To empty the bucket, I just remove the hose from the top of the cyclone—lift the handle up so it clears the cyclone—lift the cyclone and lid off the bucket (cyclone bolted to bucket lid) and empty the bucket.

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Bill_Steele

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#6 posted 11-19-2015 08:33 PM

Here’s a project by TheQueTip—a really nice implementation of this design > http://lumberjocks.com/projects/106077

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BOBAH

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#7 posted 11-19-2015 10:40 PM

When I googled for “dust deputy” I found two basic complaints/concerns related to this product – with all hoses attached, the whole contraption becomes unstable; and the force directed sideways tries to break cyclone out of the bucket lid. I assumed the best way to hold it in place is to apply downward force. But looks like not letting it tilt sideways is as effective. Good to know.

Is yours a variation of this project? http://www.woodsmithshop.com/media/pdf/609/shop-vacuum.pdf

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Bill_Steele

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#8 posted 11-24-2015 07:28 PM

Exactly—mine is a variation on that plan.

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