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Project by ADHDan posted 683 days ago 4572 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I work in a section of garage and don’t have space or money for a full DC system, so I rigged up my shop-vac to do major double-duty. This system has a few components. The shop-vac itself is in an enclosed cabinet at the bottom, to muffle noise (I control it with a remote on/off switch). The shop-vac connects to a Rockler separator in a “corral” on top of the cabinet. The separator connects to a splitter, which has two blast gates. The one on the left feeds directly and is dedicated to my table saw. The one on the right feeds to a 12’ expandable hose, which I can connect to any of my bench tools or just use as a vacuum. Finally, I added a bunch of 1” dowels to the top of the cabinet to hold all of my accessories.

Built the entire thing for about $10 in scrap wood, plus the cost of the tubing, connectors, and blast gates. It’s not as good as a legit DC system, but for now it works really well.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.





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BTimmons

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#1 posted 683 days ago

Very cool! I’m in the exact same situation. I have a shop vac and the same dust separator from Rockler but I don’t have the space or the cash to install an actual DC system. I just might have to rig up something like this.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigTWW - http://vimeo.com/98821147

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Tyler

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#2 posted 683 days ago

That’s very creative, but even better, very practical. One question: do you have any holes drilled in the cabinet to allow for the vacuum’s air exhaust? I enclosed a shop-vac in my miter saw stand project (http://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/67574) for dust collection and was amazed at the amount of air that blew out of the two holes in the front. I figured I’d ask so you don’t burn out a vacuum. Once again, however, great project!

-- Tyler- Montandon, PA ------ "It aint broke, it just needs fixed!"

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woodshaver

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#3 posted 683 days ago

I’m all about making what you have work and you did. Great liitle system.
Thanks for sharing!

Tony

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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BTimmons

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#4 posted 683 days ago

Tyler,

You raise a good point. Did you find a way to deal with exhaust with your miter saw setup, or is there some ideal solution for a case like this? Brilliant design with the folding extension wings, by the way.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigTWW - http://vimeo.com/98821147

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ADHDan

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#5 posted 683 days ago

Hi guys, glad you like this design. I do have an exhaust hole in the back of the shop-vac cabinet, which also lets me swap hoses around to use it as a blower. On top of that, with a remote on/off I’m rarely running the vacuum for longer than a few minutes at a time – so danger of burnout is minimal.

Tyler, your miter saw stand is great. Nice job!

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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AJswoodshop

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#6 posted 683 days ago

Very neat! Keep up the good work!

AJ

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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Tyler

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#7 posted 683 days ago

Dan,
I thought you may have hidden one back there. Good foresight! haha

Brian,
I took the most scientifically advanced step I could think of and drilled some holes in the front haha.

-- Tyler- Montandon, PA ------ "It aint broke, it just needs fixed!"

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BTimmons

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#8 posted 683 days ago

Gotcha. Figured I would over-think a problem like that.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigTWW - http://vimeo.com/98821147

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ADHDan

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#9 posted 682 days ago

Question for everyone: I’m not sure I’m getting a strong seal around some of the joints (which don’t have hose clamps), but I really don’t want to dismantle this beast just to add hose clamps. Do you think a duct tape wrap around the non-clamped joints would suffice?

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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Tyler

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#10 posted 682 days ago

I have a permanent DC system at home with PVC piping. However, I didn’t want to glue them together in case I ever needed to add on, move stuff around, or unclog a pipe; this caused me a few air leak problems, too. All I did was turn the DC on and wrap electrical tape around the joints where I could feel air getting sucked in. It ended up working well because the air sucked the electrical tape up into the joint, giving it an unexpectedly good seal. I used my DC hard over the summer and the tape is holding just as well as day one. I don’t know how well it will work on other types of piping, but you can probably figure something out along those lines.

-- Tyler- Montandon, PA ------ "It aint broke, it just needs fixed!"

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ADHDan

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#11 posted 682 days ago

That’s a great idea. Thanks Tyler!

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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josephf

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#12 posted 682 days ago

I have 3 such set-ups . Duct tape works great for sealing . Ii took the filter out of one and ran the blower hose outside . Wondering about the box -Does it muffle the noise much .I made one using 2” ridged insulation and did not get much of a reduction in noise

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ADHDan

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#13 posted 682 days ago

It’s a pretty noticeable noise reduction. I mean, a shop-vac is going to be a little noisy no matter what, but usually if it’s running I’ve got tools running and earmuffs on anyway. The cabinet is still better than nothing.

Another plus: the base cabinet is on casters, so if I unhook the table saw line I can wheel the whole thing around my garage for cleanup.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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