|Project by handystanley||posted 06-08-2011 07:16 AM||4629 views||6 times favorited||12 comments|
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