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Project by woody57 posted 1581 days ago 16595 views 81 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got the idea from mreza (mini-cyclone shopvac modification). The main differences are that I chose to buy a dust deputy cyclone instead of making my own and I stacked the vacuum chamber directly over the cyclone. It is taller than most, but the weight of the 3/4” plywood gives it good balance plus the dust is captured at the very bottom.

I caulked the box with silicone and sealed the lid and vac motor housing with weather stripping. I also used silicone on the upper and lower connections on the dust deputy.

This thing really works well. After vacuuming my shop floor I had almost no dust at all in the upper chamber, where the filter is.

-- Emmett, from Georgia





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Kindlingmaker

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#1 posted 1581 days ago

Looks really good and very functionable. Thanks for posting!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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devnull

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#2 posted 1581 days ago

Looks great

-- __A Clean Desk is a sign of a sick mind.__

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jcoulam

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#3 posted 1581 days ago

Woody, that is awesome! I have been wondering how to make mine into all one unit. Excellent work, I’m gonna modify mine too.

-- Jeff Coulam, Lakeway Texas

#4 posted 1581 days ago

thats pretty cool LOOKING but im not sure what the whole purpose of it is.you still only have a small container to hold the chip and saw dust.is this all about not wanting to clean a filter? seems to me that all the time and money spent you could have bought a dust collector that holds more waste

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Jimthecarver

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#5 posted 1581 days ago

I think it’s a great idea.
In my mind using this type of collection system keeps the filter clean therefore allowing the vac. to keep the same suction rate and not loose suction by filter clog.
Time well spent no matter what!
Thanks for posting.

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

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Paul2274

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#6 posted 1581 days ago

Great idea! and takes up less space then having them separate.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 1581 days ago

That’s a pretty cool idea.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Chase

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#8 posted 1581 days ago

oh wow it looks like a crazed R2D2! Fantastic, I might have to add that little guy to my list.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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SteveMI

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#9 posted 1581 days ago

An LJ hat and t-shirt on the DC and it could make it a companion in the shop.

Steve.

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Dennisgrosen

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#10 posted 1581 days ago

R2D2 is now a teenager and just need a nice cover for noise reduction

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woody57

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#11 posted 1581 days ago

Thanks for all the great comments. I use this on my router table and spindle sander and to vacuum the floor etc.
I have a central 2hp dc unit that takes care of the rest of my stationary tools.
I may hook the router table up to the central system one of these days. Right now the central system has the old bag filter and I plan to get a larger cyclone for it as well. The best thing about the cyclone is keeping that filter clean so you don’t loose suction, you don’t put as much fine dust back in the air, and hopefully you won’t buy near as many filters.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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Lupo

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#12 posted 1581 days ago

It looks like R2D2 with Roid Rage!!! Very vool.

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Mijohnst

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#13 posted 1581 days ago

Hey, I just bought one of these! Good idea!

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DonDA

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#14 posted 1581 days ago

I know this concern is probably redundant, but suggest everyone use a hepa-filter (.5 micon) on the vacuum. Even though the cyclone works fantastic, I still find this filter takes out the VERY small particles that one can’t see but causes all the problems with the lungs.

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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woody57

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#15 posted 1581 days ago

don, do you know a good source for the hepa-filter

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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