Dust Collection made easy and inexpensive.

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The alterations on this system cost me 20 bucks but it works. Not absolutely perfectly but pretty darn close. I have the cyclone deal hanging from the ceiling so I can just pull the trash can out from under it or put it back under easily. The suction creates a seal without having to mess with it.

It makes my life so much easier.


Plywood cut into a doughnut shape for the top
12” concrete form cut into the cyclone
6” vent cut up and made into the side vent
Tape, tape, tape, and more tape. I should have used duct tape but oh well, this will work for now.
6” flex tube

You should definitely try making one yourself.

I’ve been using this dust collector under very strenuous working condition with one of my shapers and my drum sander working at the same time for hours. I’ve noticed that even then my shop is so much nicer to be in because this contraption collects almost all of the fine dust that used to end up in my lungs.

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#1 posted 1664 days ago

very cool. one of the projects on my list… if only they sold time at the local lumberyard that would have been great!

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#2 posted 1664 days ago

Very interesting project. I’d like to see how well you like it in a couple of fills / empties of the dust bin…

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#3 posted 1664 days ago

Thanks for the post and helping me understand how these systems work together. I see now, the vac/dust collector on the left creates the suction and the cyclone just acts as a sorter and collecs the big stuff while the dust collector gets everything else. cool

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#4 posted 1664 days ago

dbhost, I’ve been using it for about a week so far. It works great, but not just that, it’s so much easier to dump the waste that I make with my planer/jointer/shapers….

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#5 posted 1664 days ago

I also use my dust collection collecting drum to “dump” dust from other machines that are not hooked up to it… makes it tons easier… good job on the DIY version of the cyclone…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#6 posted 1664 days ago

I like this set up and I’m very intrigued by it. I may try something similar myself. Thanks.

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#7 posted 1664 days ago

Needs moer tape tbh


-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#8 posted 1664 days ago

Nice idea…......anything to keep the dust down is worth it.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#9 posted 1664 days ago

It seems as if your system would work even better if you elevated your motor higher than your cyclone. Have you tried that?

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#10 posted 1663 days ago

Dustin is handling his dust well! lol

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#11 posted 1663 days ago

Good Idea Dustin

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#12 posted 1479 days ago

Great, I must try it.

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