Dust deputy / mobile shop table

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Project by owennbw posted 03-24-2013 10:26 PM 12794 views 39 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my dust deputy cart. It’s just a box made of plywood mounted on wheels. I added a bobbin to wrap the hose when not in use. The vac is inside the box to muffle the noise it makes. The cart also is a nice mobile table to put stuff on or work on. It should help me keep my table saw cleared. I am still amazed how well the dust deputy works. Almost nothing makes it to my vac. I plan to shorten the hose between my vac and dust deputy at some point.

It was a fun project to design and build.


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#1 posted 03-24-2013 11:16 PM

Nice looking cart. I have built boxes in the past to soften the sound of the shop vac….just be careful it doesn’t over heat and burn out….now how would I know about that????? Perhaps add a few metal vents around the side where the shop vac sets.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 03-25-2013 12:28 AM

Thanks. I agree about keeping the motor from overheating. I actually have it venting at the top of the box so the cooler air the vac sucks in has to exhaust over the motor. The protrusion between the dust deputy/bucket and the hose hanger is a channel that runs down to an opening on the bottom. After cleaning up the mess from making it(15-20 minutes of run time) the vac was about as warm as it gets outside the box. I will keep checking it until confident that its not heating more than it should. Good advice.

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#3 posted 03-25-2013 12:28 AM

Looks good. I’ve got a mind to make on of these.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#4 posted 03-25-2013 11:00 AM

Thats awesome, I like how youve turned storage into a workbench. If I had the room in my shop to move anything other then my TS around, Id be ALL OVER one of these. Nice build, please keep posting.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#5 posted 03-25-2013 12:47 PM

very well thought out vac box. Going to borrow some ideas from this. thanks!

-- "Some get spiritual 'cause they see the light, and some 'cause they feel the heat." --Ray Wiley Hubbard

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#6 posted 03-25-2013 01:15 PM

Great job!! Like your design, it gave me some ideas how to improve my dust deputy cart.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 03-25-2013 01:40 PM

I gotta tell you that this project really makes me angry! Now I’m going to have to make one of these. Super job, Nath! I really like the handle you’ve got on it. I sure wouldn’t have thought to use one of those.

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#8 posted 03-25-2013 03:41 PM

Mine hangs off the vacuum, but yours in sooo much better, gotta get to the shop and start building one like yours, thanks for the ideas.!!!!!!!

-- hotrodjohn, colorado

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#9 posted 03-25-2013 05:07 PM

I like this. I built one for mine in a vertical alignment, with the dust deputy on top of the shop vac. But I never thought of putting them both on the same level, and turning the whole thing into a usable work surface.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 03-25-2013 09:52 PM

You have put a lot of thought into this system. A great result and thanks for sharing.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#11 posted 05-05-2013 03:45 AM

I am getting ready to get dust collection in my shop, but haven’t decided what to get. Space is a premium (22 feet wide by 6 foot deep!), so it has to either be small or multi-purpose. My question is, does the shop vac do a good job pulling dust from your machines? Does it have enough suction? I have a choice of either a shop vac/dust deputy combo (in a nice cabinet like this one), or a single stage dc. The problem with the dc is it will be a single use tool for the space it takes up, whereas the shop vac can go in a box like this that can be assembly bench, outfeed table, sanding station with dust removal, etc. If the shopvac will do the job, I will go with that.

Great looking unit, btw, well thought out

-- "Necessity is the mother of invention"

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#12 posted 05-05-2013 11:17 AM

Rusty – the vac/ dust deputy system has plenty of suction, but very low airflow. It is really good at sucking up sawdust if you put the nozzle at the place you want to clean up. My system does ago of job cleaning up the shop mess after its already on the floor. The dust deputy’s only function is to keep my vac filter clean lots longer and it does a great job. It is not great getting the hose at the proper point on a tool to capture saw dust though as the airflow is low compared to a DC.

A proper dust collection system has a lot of airflow and enough static pressure to overcome the resistance of your ducting and/or hoses. The single stage dust collector would do a better job at capturing your large chips and dust from you tools if you are hooking it up to only one tool at a time and keeping you runs short. System cost, including vac, of mine is slightly more compared to what a HF DC would run(assuming you have the $150 coupon and appropriately sized circuit).

If you do build something like mine, make sure your vac has proper venting if you enclose it like I did. That was a large part of getting my design right. If it doesn’t have enough ventalation for the motor, then you will burn up your vac’s motor. The first post on my project was spot on and needs to be one of your design constraints.

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#13 posted 05-05-2013 01:36 PM

Thanks for the advice Nathan, looks like I will go with the dc unit. I have found some that are in my price range that are somewhat portable, so they should do what I need. Thanks for the advice, this will help me clean up my shop!

-- "Necessity is the mother of invention"

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#14 posted 02-09-2016 06:40 PM

I was looking for something with a clean look to it and this pretty much fits the bill. All the others I’ve seen looks like an octopus in the corner waiting to strike, nice job!

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