Cyclone Vacuum Cart

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Project by Spencer posted 555 days ago 3353 views 28 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this mobile cart for my shop vac and Dust Deputy cyclone. Made from 3/4” ply. Used dadoes/glue/screws for the joinery. The cyclone is mounted atop a piece of ply on a piano hinge to fold up out of the way and give access to the dust bucket. A small clasp holds it down. Just behind that, I have an area where I can store the extension tubes, but I haven’t gotten around to drilling those out. Right now, the shop vac is being held on with some bungy cords. I’ve thought of some more elegant solutions, but I was happy just to get this functional so I’ve just left it for now. The castors make it easy to drag around the shop, although the screws did poke through – just used what I had in the parts bin. Not perfect construction, but it does it’s job. Very handy. Maybe someday I’ll get around to finishing the tube/accessory holder and perhaps painting it. My wife got me a Festool package that included a dust extractor for Christmas, so this setup is slightly redundant. I’ll probably use the Festool for tool use, and this for general shop cleanup.

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#1 posted 555 days ago

Nice work….I am in serious need of a DC system….just hope mine is half that cool….

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#2 posted 555 days ago

Sweet set up, I built one of these a few years ago. It worked really well. I ended uo putting a big system in as I out grew it. Amazing how well these work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 555 days ago

I would think that some carefully cut scraps for the four corners would not only cover the screws that poke through, but would also hold the vaccuum and the bucket in place. I don’t know about you, but if there is a screw poking though anywhere I am always sure to find it. Nice work.

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#4 posted 555 days ago

nice setup

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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Syd Sellers

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#5 posted 555 days ago

Nice job, I just got the same unit and am about to create something along the same lines. You just have to have a quick way to empty the bucket!!!

-- Syd Sellers Old woodturners never die, they just keep chipping away!

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#6 posted 555 days ago

where did you get the hoses for the DC/Vac/Dust Dep?
im always curious as where people get them from.

oh, and what size is the intake and exhaust ports.

-- David Henley

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#7 posted 554 days ago

Thanks guys!

JohnInHadley: I like the idea of the scraps to cover the screw tips. That would work perfectly to hold the shop vac in place. The bucket is actually held in place pretty well now. I routed a recess in the bottom ply for the bottom edge of the bucket to sit in. The flip top lid has a routed recess for the top of the bucket. (I routed these with my router circle jig.) The flip lid with cyclone attached comes down right over the bucket (sealed with weather stripping) and is held down with a small clasp. This makes it super easy to get the bucket out – just undo the clasp, flip up the lid, and out the bucket comes! Easy, just like Syd Sellers says is important!

dahenley: The hose that goes from the shop vac to the cyclone comes with the Oneida “Dust Deputy Deluxe Kit.” The hose for the “business end” is one I bought from the shop vac accessory shelf at the Lowe’s, a 2.5”. The shop vac did come with a small hose, but I needed/wanted something bigger. The inlet/outlet ports on the cyclone are 2”, but are tapered so they can fit a range of hoses. The 2.5” hose works great. You can check out more about the DD at the website.

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