|Project by mikehues||posted 389 days ago||2835 views||20 times favorited||13 comments|
I’m hoping this counts as a project. I’ve seen several of these types of modifications on here in the past. But I haven’t been on the site for a while and I was a bit thrown by the new warning message that pops up when you post a new project now. I had made the little dovetail box previously. It happened to be the right size to mount the cyclone, so I went with it. That’s gotta count for something, right? ;)
I was never truly happy with the recommended setup of the dust deputy. Attaching the 5 gallon buckets to the side of my shop vac took up too much floor space. I have a small shop, so I like to use vertical space whenever possible. Also, it always seemed silly to collect the majority of the saw dust in a 5 gallon bucket while only the fine dust went through to my 12 gallon shop vac bucket. This new setup solves both of these issues and makes it a little easier to empty both buckets.
For now, gravity holds the top half onto the base. It hasn’t been necessary to add any sort of latch. I routed a groove and smoothed a bead of silicone caulk into the bottom. This creates a nice seal with the lip around the top of the shop vac bucket. To empty, I simply lift the top half and dump the bucket.
Since the dust deputy instructions had me drill several holes into one of the 5 gallon buckets to attach wheels and the like, I found no harm in cutting it in half to repurpose here. Attaching the top half of this bucket up around the filter provides a nice mount for the second removable 5 gallon bucket and also gave me room to mount the elbow coming from the top of the dust deputy. I positioned the elbow off center, creating an additional cyclone inside the 5 gallon bucket. I thought this may help to keep more of the fine particles out of the filter itself. I can’t really prove this, but I figure it can’t hurt.
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