New Dust collection enhancement

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Project by MBeck posted 10-07-2011 07:17 PM 2329 views 23 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a dust/ debri collector I made based of of the plans here:
I was a bit skeptical at first about this, but I can say now that it works perfectly. Almost zero dust or debris gets to my shop vac, and I see no real loss of suction. I have seen others make these before, and so I learned a lot before I ever started on mine. I added a gasket around the outer rim of mine to decrease any potential loss of suction. I also tried to follow the plans as close as I could to get the desired result. I also made a little cart to move the set up around the shop. I’m open for any questions. Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 10-07-2011 07:24 PM

Most excellent MBeck, thanks for posting. Is there a ground for static build up?

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#2 posted 10-07-2011 08:08 PM

Good job!
Is the lid a press fit?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 10-07-2011 08:16 PM

I don’t see that being a problem, although it is an excellent question. Here is a resource to help answer why:
The shop vac simply doesn’t create the right kind of mix for an explosion. But like it says, it is never impossible. This is why safety should always come first! Thanks waho6o9 for the question!

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#4 posted 10-07-2011 09:25 PM

Looks good….

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#5 posted 10-08-2011 12:21 AM

I like!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#6 posted 10-08-2011 05:53 AM

Hi Gene,
The lid is made of two pieces of 3/4”, so it is fairly heavy, but it does fit snug, and it is gasketed to seal any leaks.

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#7 posted 10-09-2011 09:39 PM

Nice job on yours. I love how the thing works

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#8 posted 10-09-2011 11:09 PM

Nice recyle job, I bet it really sucks well….........

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#9 posted 10-10-2011 12:12 AM

Just got back from a weekend camping trip. Thanks for all those who favorited this. It is a very simple project to build, and it really does work!

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#10 posted 11-02-2011 04:01 AM

What I like most about your build is the oil can which is quit rigid unlike the 35 gallon trash can. When I turn my vac on the sides of my trash can get suck in slightly make the trash can crunch noise. I’m going to find one of these really soon and remake my thein container, thanks for sharing and posting your design…BC

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#11 posted 11-02-2011 06:18 AM

Thanks very much. If you go to any oil change place they will gladly give you the old drums. They just throw them away anyway.
By the way, now that I have used this multiple times, I can say that the efficiency of this design is great. I think only about 1% of any material gets to the shop vac now!

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