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Project by WoodenSoldier posted 10-16-2011 07:57 AM 2067 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just two quick shop projects I finished today. I bought the dust cyclone at Rockler today. Harbor Freight was right next door and I had planned to buy their 2HP dust collection system but I talked myself out of when I got there. I think I’ll stick with the shop vac a little while till I decide if I want to rig an entire duct system in my garage.
The rack was a gift from my dad a few weeks ago. It took me a while to figure out exactly what to put on it but I finally decided to use it for my compressor and trash can.
I’m trying to use every bit of space in my garage and make sure everything is dual purpose and on wheels. These two projects are helpful but I think I may add a cover and rack to the dust collection system.

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#1 posted 10-16-2011 08:43 AM

I’ve been looking at that vortex thing – how does it work for you?
I tucked my shop vac under the table saw extension but there’s not really room for the vac and one of those vortex items.

-- You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do. - Henry Ford

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#2 posted 10-16-2011 12:59 PM

I have the same space constraints in my garage. If you make a table top for that roll-around it can be handy and dual purpose. It will also give you a place to easily plug in a vacuum attachment for your small power tools that have dust exhausts like small routers, sanders etc. Good job.

-- "If women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." (R.Green)

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#3 posted 10-16-2011 02:20 PM

Sweet. You are cooking now.

I also held off for years buying a dust collector. I wish I hadn’t, they are really nice. You can just use a long hose and move it from machine to machine. So different than a vac.


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#4 posted 10-16-2011 04:42 PM

Both good projects and good use of space.
Thanks for sharing it.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#5 posted 10-16-2011 04:57 PM

I’m wondering what the difference is in using the Vortex as opposed to using only the shop vac. Maybe it screens out smaller/finer particles? I’d like to get a setup like this for my shop aswell. So do you just hook up the hose to whichever machine your working on at the time?

-- Justin, Smiling Tree Toys,

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#6 posted 10-17-2011 02:23 AM

I’m planning on making a similar setup with the shop vac on the bottom and the barrel with the vortex on top for easy emptying/ It looks lie your fortes is inside? is that right?
I have see how the Dust Deputy works and it fills the bucket under the vortex and none of the chip pass into the shop vac or it’s filter. It really looks like a slick set up!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 10-18-2011 02:29 AM

The Vortex works extremely well. I built a cart to hold both my shop vac and vortex much like WoodenSoldier. One thing to wheel around instead of two is nice. The benefit of the Vortex is it keeps dust from making it’s way into your shop vac. I rarely have to clean my filter in the shop vac any more.

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#8 posted 10-19-2011 06:41 AM

After your suggestion, I started the next day to turn it into a roll-around work-surface. Then I realized that it would be a good TS outfeed table. Then I realized I needed a more permanent station for my router. So, I’m making it into all those things!

This is why I love this site; great advice and suggestions from other people. Thanks everyone. I’ll post pictures after I finish the upgrades.

-- Create something everyday.

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