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Making my own Cyclone dust collector

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Project by hans2wiz posted 1009 days ago 3574 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I make wood dust, not very much, but I use mostly plywood and MDF. In my small workshop it can be big trouble for me, tools and stuff. Regular vacum-cleaner was not an option and so I started to check what are alternatives. I found many cyclone-type dust collectors from internet and few from this site. First time I didn’t believed that this will work. How can all that dust go to collector and nothing to vacum-cleaner filter. But lets try!
Wheel base was designed for wet-dry vacum cleaner, but firstly I used an old home vacum-cleaner and waited until it surrended. Material used there is plywood, pvc pipes, plastic waste bin, fiberglass and epoxy.
First time when I used it, I was very surprised. All dust goes to waste bin and it can be from saw or sander, except very fine dust. For me this is even more curious because I didn’t followed any calculations or drawings and all info is from pictures and descriptions. Also this old vacum-cleaner is not very powerful and sucked air amount is minimal. Only noise is loud :)
Now I use it with my Circular and Jig Saw, Orbital and belt sander, clean my workshop from dust and etc. In the future I will make adapter also to Band Saw. I’ll try it with Thickness Planer too, but for that I need thicker hose. I’m very happy with result and suggest cyclone-type dust collector to everyone. Next step is bigger waste bin.

Here is also demo video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yylhe7Gak94

-- from East Europe, where still exist four Season and Grandfather skills are valuable.





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kiefer

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#1 posted 1009 days ago

Good job HANS and it looks like it’s working well .
Use it everywhere you can !

Thanks
Kiefer

-- Kiefer 松

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Dusty56

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#2 posted 1009 days ago

Very good build and demo.
Thank you

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Michael Wilson

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#3 posted 1009 days ago

This is great! I’ve got to get off my butt and make one of these soon.

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GeorgZudoff

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#4 posted 1009 days ago

Very good construction. I’ve made some kind of dustpicker from old plastic can, but your cyclon is better. One advise – you wrote that your old home cleaner was surrended – so this is damaged, yes? My couple old cleaners go to damaging every 3 weeks so I bought a new workshop cleaner, but repared the old ones too. For reserve or for others purposes. I mean it will good if you will keep old vac too,

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 1009 days ago

Good job. I was going to make one too but I bought the Dust Deputy instead and it works good too.
Thanks for sharing…...........Jim

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

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doncutlip

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#6 posted 1009 days ago

Great job controlling the dust; that MDF is nasty for dust.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Towtruck

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#7 posted 1009 days ago

I built mine a little over a year ago. I went with a 7 gal. bucket and a 4 hp shop vac. Works well for most dust and chip cleanup, but can’t handle the volume from my planer.

-- I cut it off 3 times and it's still too short!

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NiteWalker

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#8 posted 1009 days ago

Nice job!
I need to make or buy one of these. I spend wayyy too much on shop vac bags.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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shimster

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#9 posted 1009 days ago

If you had to estimate your time into this project what would you guess? How about parts cost? The vortex is $70 at Rockler, and yours would have taken me hours to build. Just trying to weigh my time value of money.

-- Less is More.....expensive

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NiteWalker

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#10 posted 1008 days ago

Shimster, I’m in the exact same boat. Can I do it for less than $70 in materials and time? I’m not so sure…

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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exelectrician

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#11 posted 1008 days ago

I checked out your video, all I can say is…WOW!!! Excellent job, and works well – almost perfect! I was amazed when you showed how litte dust came out of the filter.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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hans2wiz

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#12 posted 1008 days ago

GeorgZudoff, I can take another old vac from the shelf or borrow our home vac for a day or two. This old vac in the video is a full junk and flyes out with next biggest cleaning. Yeah, who I’m cheating :) All old stuffs goes to back-up shelf.

shimster and NiteWalker, I haven’t count cost of material and time. For me it was just an experimental project. Material cost was less then 70 $/€ surely and my free time is priceless, but on failure I can criticise only one person.

-- from East Europe, where still exist four Season and Grandfather skills are valuable.

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thedude50

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#13 posted 1007 days ago

i want a big one for my 2 hp dust collector so i don’t have a huge mess in the bags the dust deputy has a couple of sizes i will have to call them to see if they make a big one i dont want to be dumping that more than once a day

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

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dubsaloon

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#14 posted 1005 days ago

Do you happen to have’s plans fur us that is not so smarted? What is the explanation of how it works?

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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Abe Low

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#15 posted 1003 days ago

Great work. A word of caution though, The small amount fo fine dust that gets through the cyclone seems to be getting trapped by the bag in your vac but the ultra fine stuff doesn’t get trapped by anything but lungs. I bought my first shaper from a guy that used a lot of mdf without adequate fine dust collection. He was too nice a guy to be sucking oxygen while being in a wheel chair. I suggest you and others check out a site that has LOTS of info on cyclones, dust toxicity, air filtration, etc. Do a search for bill pentz and read what is on his site.

-- Abe Low, Fine furniture, Sacramento, CA

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