Shop Vac Dust Cyclone

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Project by WoodTookSoLong posted 12-04-2009 04:29 AM 11425 views 11 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know it’s been done to death but thought I’d post my version of the cyclone here too just in case it helps someone else. I used pics, plans and comments from a combination of jcoulam, SimonSKL, Billp & CyBorge (thanks guys!) because I came across my own challenges with finding materials, dealing with them and then modifying plans to accommodate my vac.

All in all I’d say it was a 4-5 night build with trips to the store included. My costs:
$27 – 10’ industrial strength vac hose
$14 – (2) 2” coupling clamps
$10 – 8” diameter x 30” metal duct
$6 – 6’ vac pipe
$6 – (2) rotating wheels
$3 – bucket lid
$2 – metal adapter with prong teeth
free – bucket, screws, bungees, plywood scraps, etc.

-- Ben

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#1 posted 12-04-2009 04:34 AM

nicely done. thanks for posting. nice to see it’s possible to make these things in-shop

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 12-04-2009 04:36 AM

This is just what I have in mind of making, I do like your idea of attaching it to the vac.
Very good job!
I will post mine soon….thank you for posting this.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#3 posted 12-04-2009 05:33 AM

Oficially added to my “to-do” list. Now I definetly want one of my own. I see you use those coated cotton gloves. I buy them 6 pairs at a time. I almost never take them off. I love the grip when cutting plywood on the TS. Not to mention moving a sheet around the shop. I really only NOT wear them when I’m sanding and finishing.

Nice post for the cyclone.

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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#4 posted 12-04-2009 06:10 AM

Nice job. It looks comparable to the storebought version. I recently bought one of the small plastic ones and have yet to install it.

Hey, it does remind me of the robot in Lost In Space. “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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#5 posted 12-04-2009 07:03 PM

Cool! I’m glad you posted yours too.

Welcome to the cool cyclone club :) mine works so good, I don’t know how I made it without it.

Great job!

-- Jeff Coulam, Lakeway Texas

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#6 posted 12-05-2009 01:35 AM

Turned out great, I sure like not having to clean the filter.

-- Billp

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#7 posted 12-05-2009 08:57 AM

Thanks for the compliments. I should’ve posted a pic of the dust I cleaned up from making the project…it’s all in the bucket and the filter still looks brand new so it’s definitely a success.

getneds: I’m wearing those gloves in the cool weather now since my garage is my workshop and it’s already around the freezing mark up nord here.

mmh: It does give the old vac a bit of a robotic personality…maybe someone I can talk about my feelings with out in the garage :-)

-- Ben

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#8 posted 06-15-2010 12:23 AM

I just wanted to know if I could use a traffic cone

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#9 posted 09-24-2010 04:07 AM

joez, it’d probably work if it didn’t collapse under the suction of the shop vac. The truth is, it doesn’t even have to be a cone, if it is tall enough.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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