Shop vacuum caddy

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Project by Mike in Wisconsin posted 411 days ago 3637 views 28 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got the Dusty Deputy from Oneida a while back, and while it works great for separating dust and saving the filter, it’s pretty awkward to move around the shop. It comes with wheels you can attach to the bottom of the bucket, but it was still pretty unstable. So I made a cart or caddy to keep it together with the vacuum and make it easy to move around.

Right now it’s in a pretty basic shape – 3/4” ply, pocket screws and face screws. There’s a brace with a cutout for the Dust Deputy funnel to keep it in position. Both the vac and the separator are held on with straps & buckles, so I can take them off for emptying & cleaning. The straps are stapled in place.

It’s made mobile with 3” swivel casters. I added a 1/2” ply plate underneath around the casters so I could countersink the bolt heads and still have enough thickness to not wobble. There’s three wheels, because my shop floor is anything but smooth.

I have plans to add a table top above the vacuum that I can use as a mobile tool tray, but even now it’s a big improvement.

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#1 posted 411 days ago

This is a good idea. I’ve been needing to do something similar. You’ve given me the motivation to try to get it figured out.

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#2 posted 411 days ago

Very good approach. I’ve got a slightly smaller, maybe 20 year old. I finally broke the handle off. I was going to just screw on a ho’made handle but since the thing still sucks the chrome off a ball hitch, I’m now thinking of dedicating it to a piece of benchtop equipment. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- God is Great, Wood is Good. nuff said.

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#3 posted 411 days ago

Where did you get the hose and fitting between the dust deputy and vac? This is a great idea.

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Mike in Wisconsin

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#4 posted 410 days ago

The right-angle fitting I got along with a bucket of attachments when I got the vacuum second hand. The hose was originally part of a much longer chunk, but you can cut them down pretty easily. The hose ends just thread into the spaces between the coiled wire that holds the hose open.

I know Woodcraft has a whole bunch of fittings and adapters for sale. You can probably get most of the common ones at your local big box too.

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#5 posted 410 days ago

Great job and welcome to Lumberjocks, you’ll love it here.
I built one of these a while ago,

I out grew mine and put a Central System but was amazed how well this one worked. Enjoy!

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

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#6 posted 410 days ago

Well done!! I built a similar cart for my dust deputy, definitely makes it easier to use. Thanks for posting and welcome to LJ’s.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 410 days ago

Great idea. I’m going to build one right now. My shop vac is a pain to empty.

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#8 posted 410 days ago

Excellent idea, makes one less thing to drag around and thats always good!

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#9 posted 410 days ago

r2d2 .. it is you it isss you… (sorry i just got a star wars trilogy on blu ray)
I was looking for an idea for a portable dust busting system.. (work shop is in an ex potato storage barn) Great Idea!!

-- Englishman in Finland I am guessing that i am Finglish.

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#10 posted 410 days ago

Nice job, very clean and compact.

-- Jeff Coulam, Lakeway Texas

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