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Project by Buke27 posted 12-24-2012 10:21 AM 4797 views 20 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been looking to make a dust separator for some time now. I was originally going to use the kit from Rockler for this but it only comes in 4” and I wanted to keep the shop vac diameter. I just made the appropriate fittings out of some PVC from the local home store. Along with the clear extendable shop vac hose from Rockler, this turned out to be a pretty good solution. Never have to change out my filter any more.





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Jim Rowe

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#1 posted 12-24-2012 11:08 AM

That’s a neat looking machine! What is the drum made of?
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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robscastle

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#2 posted 12-24-2012 12:23 PM

Well done.
Makes the shop sold units look a bit over engineered and expensive!
I used two small plastic buckets and some pipe on mine which was made out of necessity due to the extractor blocking up when I used my thicknesser.

All made from “stuff” I had around the house.

-- Regards Robert

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woodshaver

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#3 posted 12-24-2012 01:45 PM

If it takes the dust out of the air then it’s good to go! Nice job!

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

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kizerpea

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#4 posted 12-24-2012 02:25 PM

Thats a fiber drum…an a good set up to boot…i got three of them i use…just painted them thats all..an put windows in the side…the drums are made of paper…strong to…use them on my cyclone

-- IF YOUR NOT MAKING DUST...YOU ARE COLLECTING IT! SOUTH CAROLINA.

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camps764

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#5 posted 12-24-2012 02:31 PM

I’ve wanted to build one of these for a long time…now that I see how simple this thing can be I’m going to build one this afternoon. Thanks!

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com

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Bruce

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#6 posted 12-24-2012 04:16 PM

I want that!

-- I think of Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman when he says "Where does he get those wonderful toys" and ask WHERE DO U GUYS GET ALL THAT WONDERFUL WOOD?

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#7 posted 12-24-2012 06:22 PM

wow good thinking

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Buke27

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#8 posted 12-25-2012 01:27 AM

Thanks for all of the kind comments. Kizerpea is right. It’s a fiber drum. I work at an industrial bakery and this one used to be full of cake starch. Thankfully the starch was in a plastic bag also so no residue.

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Hawaiilad

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#9 posted 12-25-2012 08:46 AM

Nice project. It looks like you do not have a hold down on the barrel lid…correct? Do you find one was not needed? I like the way you have it hooked to your sander…smart.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#10 posted 12-25-2012 04:16 PM

great job,turned out nicely.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Buke27

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#11 posted 12-25-2012 06:15 PM

You can’t really see it in the pictures, but there is a ring that clamps the top to the drum. It is definitely needed. The top would come off without it. All fiber drums I’ve seen come with it.

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Finlander

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#12 posted 12-26-2012 09:08 PM

What happens if the sucking end get stucked? Does the vacuum cleaner suck the drum flat? Do You have a valve or something to prevent it?

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Fridgecritter

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#13 posted 12-26-2012 10:31 PM

I like this idea, and I might try this with a blue plastic type drum that is common in my area. Thanks for the idea.

-- "Anyone can post a quote on the internet and attribute the quote to a famous person." -Abraham Lincoln

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ldl

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#14 posted 03-22-2013 01:38 PM

This design is what I have with a 55gl plastic drum except I used the Rockler 4” kit and I don’t know if it isn’t just as good as the kleine sys. I had about 10” of dust in my HF DC bag and since I hooked up my separator to it the level of dust hasn’t risen at all.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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