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Project by handystanley posted 1147 days ago 4164 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A month or so back during lunch, I walked over to a bookseller near where I work and got looking at a Shop Notes magazine and saw the mobile dust collection system that they built. I scanned the pages a couple of times and then went back to work. About a week or two later my wife and I went to a Rockler and purchased the Dust Right Vortex Dust Separator. Then my son and I went to a Lowes store one Sunday evening a I purchased the 6.5 hp shop vac and additional hose.

The construction is of 3/4” plywood and the “tower” is assembled and mounted to the mobile using my Kreg Jig and pocket hole screws. All my tools like table saw, miter saw, Kreg Jig, and Sanders can be plugged into power strip that is mounted on the cart. The power-strip is plugged into a i-Socket Tool and Vacuum Switch. So anytime I turn on a tool that is going to produce saw dust the vacuum will automatically come on and stay on for seven seconds after the tool is turned off. Now I realized as I was building this that there would be times that I would want to use the Shop-Vac when I am not using a power tool. So I set up an electrical switch. Flipped up the Shop-Vac will come on so that the shop floor or car can be vacuumed. If the switch is flipped down then the Shop-Vac will come on when a power tool engages.

I really enjoyed building this and learned many things in the process. For instance, don’t cut wood with a plywood saw blade coated with gunk, secondly, cutting circles should be done using a router with a circle jig attached instead of a jig saw. There are mistakes but at least the mistakes will stay in my home shop or on the garage driveway! LOL!

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA





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scarpenter002

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#1 posted 1147 days ago

Nice job. Looks like a fine addition to your shop. I look forward to some more projects from you.

P.S. See you don’t have any shop pictures yet either. Please treat us.

-- Scott in Texas

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Sarit

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#2 posted 1147 days ago

Cool idea on the switch. I hate having to switch plugs on the vac whenever I want to do only vacuuming.

Can you give us the details on the switch wiring? Do you need a special toggle switch to handle the current?

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RexMcKinnon

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#3 posted 1147 days ago

Nice setup. Very well organized. Makes dust collection so much easier. When it’s easy you use it.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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handystanley

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#4 posted 1147 days ago

@ scarpenter002: Thanks. The shop pictures are on hold until I get the garage organized. Right now it is as bad as a bedroom of a teenager. Come to think about it…you may have to wiait on those pictures until my teenager moves out in a few more years…..LOL!

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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handystanley

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#5 posted 1147 days ago

@Sarit: I will draw out the wiring diagram and post it…it may be crude but you will get the idea…give me a day or two.

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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handystanley

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#6 posted 1146 days ago

@Sarit…see attached, posted..the wireing diagram you requested. Please let me know if anything is not clear.

Best!

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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DamnYankee

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#7 posted 1145 days ago

Loks very functional. How do you like the Dust Right Vortex Dust Separator?

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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handystanley

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#8 posted 1145 days ago

aDYankee: From what I can tell the unit really works great. Nice to see all the debris in the Vortex unit rather than in the vacuum. It is definately recommended.

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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Sarit

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#9 posted 1140 days ago

I get it now. Since Receptical A is wired in parallel, it gets power directly from the switch or the i-Socket. The switch then ensures that only one receptical is powered at a time.

Thank you so much for the diagram. I’ll have to build this now.

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handystanley

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#10 posted 1140 days ago

@Sarit: Your welcome…let me know if you need anything else. Wish I had the part number for the switch. I got it at my local ACE store.

Stan

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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Sarit

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#11 posted 1133 days ago

I think this looks like a compatible switch:

Gardner Bender Toggle Switch

Its a ON-OFF-ON type and is rated for 20 amps at 125v.

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handystanley

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#12 posted 1133 days ago

@Sarit…sure looks like it to me. Go for it!!

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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