DIY Dust Collection (On the cheap)

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Project by WoodSimplyMade posted 1390 days ago 5480 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got a new Porter Cable Table Saw and I have been making ALOT of sawdust. They way the it is built it forces all of the saw dust out of a dust port out of the back of the saw. Sawdust was getting over everything. Needed a cheap solution to capture the dust. I don’t have enough money for a full on dust collecting vaccum system and my roll around shop vac doesnt fit the outlet.

So I have had empty 5 gallon paint container laying around, intended to be turned into a cyclone for my shop vac and never got to it. So after putting the two items together I made a bucket to capture all the dust.

Using a hole saw I cut a 2.5” hole in the bucket and it is such a tight fit it supports itself on the 2.5” outlet of the saw. The cover on the bucket prevent dust flying out and it captures everything coming out. Just slide of to empty and slide back on the collect!

Hope this helps some other people having the same problem and a limited budget.


-- Mike, Florida,

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matt garcia

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#1 posted 1390 days ago


-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#2 posted 1390 days ago

Ingenius. but… the ultra fine dust still inters your breathing space.

-- Abe Low, Fine furniture, Sacramento, CA

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#3 posted 1390 days ago

awww living large… cool device… don’t panic about “ultra fine dust” just do like Bill Clinton and “don’t inhale…” ;)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#4 posted 1390 days ago

Ultra fine dust will be taken care of down the road with a vaccum system.

Right now though the large particles arent getting all over my other tables and equipment.

-- Mike, Florida,

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#5 posted 1390 days ago

maybe you could get an oneida DIY dust ciclone (, and attach it to your vacuum. that should do the trick. Or if you want you could visit and do it yourself…


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#6 posted 1390 days ago

Part of being a good woodworker,I think, is being ingenious and figuring out how to do various things. You did great, well done.

-- Life is good.

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#7 posted 1390 days ago

Good idea, my jointer spews chips all over the floor. I’m going to try your idea to make for easy cleanup.

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#8 posted 1390 days ago

Let me know how it works!!

Thanks Howie, I agree with you. You have to be an avid problem solver to be a woodworker, nothing ever goes smoothly without having to reanalyze or adjust to make it right.

-- Mike, Florida,

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#9 posted 1390 days ago

When in need a resourceful man will find the means. Good work.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 1390 days ago

That’s great. I have the same saw and will be doing the same, ala mikeswodshop.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#11 posted 1390 days ago

Spunwood, I absolutely love this saw, I just wish i had got it sooner!!

-- Mike, Florida,

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Abe Low

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#12 posted 1389 days ago

Dito on the suggestion of taking a look at billpentz site. Aside from the cyclone info there is enough data to make one really concerned about the airborne dust, ESPECIALLY if one works with the two extreemes, MDF or exotic species. Also, although not exotic, any wood that is treated or naturally rot or bug resistant may need special care, depending on exposure level and individual sensitivity.
BUT, don’t get an ulcer. ;-)

-- Abe Low, Fine furniture, Sacramento, CA

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#13 posted 1224 days ago

I like! also this makes me want to post my dust collection system for my table saw. It is a trash bag under the saw

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