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Project by Boydman posted 02-04-2010 05:23 AM 4536 views 9 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a mini shop vac cyclone I built during the holiday break. Works much better than I could have imagined. Before this cyclone I had a Thien baffle on a 30 gallon trash can but the can kept crushing in and probably due to my build/measurements was only about 90% effective in collecting debris. The Cyclone on the other hand is superb with about 98% effectiveness, I replaced my shop vac filter and after empting the bucket four times the filter is still clean and pristine. The design I got from projects SimonSKL and Jcoulam, not sure who came up with the design but it works very well, and thank you very much.

Later i plan to combine two shop vac motors in a wooden box with a 3 inch input going thru a larger cyclone (same design just larger) and pipe DC lines to my router table and table saw. Not sure if it will work and any and all suggestions are welcome. Thanks

-- Bob, Abilene Texas

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#1 posted 02-04-2010 05:34 AM

Looks good well done Bob

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#2 posted 02-04-2010 06:10 AM

I must make one of these. The basement shop dust is driving my wife crazy!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 02-04-2010 09:46 AM

Thanks for posting good idea


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#4 posted 02-04-2010 04:27 PM

Good job. I love to see dust collectors that don’t cost more than my entire tool collection combined.


-- He said wood...

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#5 posted 02-04-2010 07:24 PM

Welcome to the club Boydman! Nice job, looks great! I just love mine too. My place would be a mess without one.

-- Jeff Coulam, Lakeway Texas

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#6 posted 02-06-2010 08:27 AM

Bob, Good job and I am glad it is working better than you expected. I have yet to clean the filter in my shop vac since I built mine.

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#7 posted 02-28-2011 04:43 AM

excellent job

-- Gary

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