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Project by socrbent posted 05-01-2012 05:27 AM 8165 views 15 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built to house my shop vac and dust cyclone in one easy to move unit. The large castors really make it easy to move around. I designed cleats to hold the shop vac in place but still allow me to remove it and use if it is needed upstairs or outside my basement shop. The dust cyclone really works. Only some very fine dust is reaching the shop vac.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#1 posted 05-01-2012 07:15 AM

how do you like that model of ridgid shop vacs?
i was going to get that one but went with the one under it that doesn’t have the blower, which i don’t need)

-- Ben L

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#2 posted 05-01-2012 11:54 AM

Good idea, gives me an idea for making a cart and linking it to my tablesaw as I have a vac dedicated to that.

-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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#3 posted 05-01-2012 01:27 PM

Well done! I have a Dust Deputy and it works great, just need to build the cart now.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 05-01-2012 01:28 PM

Looks good! I have a similar setup with my dust deput, yours just looks quite a bit nicer. They do work quite well.

-- Corey

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#5 posted 05-01-2012 02:16 PM

I have a simular one but without the dust seperator. I tried to make an all-in-one. Vac., clamp holder, small air compressor/brad nailer, and what ever holder. Think I like your a tad better.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#6 posted 05-01-2012 04:22 PM

Great Looking Cart, I really like it, nice job. Until I built my Cyclone DC I was going to try something like this.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#7 posted 05-01-2012 05:10 PM

handy dandy…

nice layout

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#8 posted 05-01-2012 07:24 PM

Wow, now that’s a pretty handy all-in-one sort of cart. Very useful to be mobile in a small floor space too. Nice job. Is this what you use for dust collection on your table saw? Does it do a good job in your basement space?

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#9 posted 05-01-2012 07:36 PM

Northwest29 – I use the shop vac unit with my smaller dust producing tools like sander and router table. While it works with the table saw, I’m lucky enough to have a dust collector that I use with the table saw, planer, (which the Vac simply cannot handle) and jointer.

AttainableApex – had the Rigid vac for 5 years and it has worked well. However until I added the dust cyclone, the filter would quickly become covered with debris well before there was much stuff in bottom of vac to the point that suction was reduced and I had to spend a dirty hour cleaning it up. With the cyclone added I haven’t needed to clean the filter in months and suction is still strong.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#10 posted 05-02-2012 01:22 AM

Nice cart. I have the same setup with the bucket mounted on top of a 53 litre Ridgid to keep the footprint small. The bucket slips into a “halo” attached to the top. Now that I have the cyclone very little dust makes it to the shop vac which has a bag in it. I do use it for all tools including my table saw and planer. It has the suction, though the bucket can fill up quickly. Still, it’s easy to empty.

-- Dave, Ottawa, ON

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#11 posted 05-02-2012 01:32 AM

CooperDBM – I also considered a vertical stack. but my limited design skills couldn’t ‘see’ the solution. Will you show us your solution?
The Oneida unit came with 2 buckets, so I bolted 1 to the cart and the other one simply slipped inside.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#12 posted 05-02-2012 05:43 AM

Very nice. I will be getting a cyclone very soon and was worried about moving it around my garage shop. This looks like the perfect idea. Thanks I will be stilling this one. ;-)

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#13 posted 05-02-2012 04:01 PM

Here’s the vertical stack. It only has a single bucket since I bought the cyclone unit alone. The square frame holding the bucket is quick and dirty, and screwed to the face of the handle. The weight of the bucket is carried directly by the top of the shop vac. I’ll have to build a stronger frame since I tend to use it as the handle to move the unit around. Having the frame attached to the top hasn’t bothered me much since I don’t have to open the vac very much anymore.

I’ll probably also replace the flex hose with a rigid duct so that it doesn’t stick out as much. I have a very small shop.

You may also note the “muffler” on the vac. I now know that these are actually diffusers that do nothing to muffle the sound. They’re still useful to reduce the amount of dust blowing around the shop.

-- Dave, Ottawa, ON

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