|Project by ADHDan||posted 08-28-2012 08:30 PM||8800 views||4 times favorited||13 comments|
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.