Shop VAC/dust deputy cart

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Project by Jimbo817 posted 377 days ago 4458 views 19 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone,

Here is my shop VAC/dust deputy cart. As in my drill press cabinet,. I used mostly reclaimed and recycled wood. The railing around the bottom edges is just a 2×4 cut in half. The framework around the dust deputy deck is 2×2 redwood that I had laying around. The pieces for the handle are pressure-treated 2×4’s from an old deck project, and the dust deputy deck is made from OSB from my lumber box. The paint is the same as I used on my drill press cabinet.

The dimensions are approximately 18 inches wide by 36 inches long by 24 inches to the top of the handle. The shop VAC sits directly on the framework and not on the wheels. The wheels are still attached, in case I want to take the vac off. Under the dust deputy there is a little storage for some accessories.

If you would like to build your own cart, make the dimensions of your cart so that they are compatible with your vac and dust separator.

I think my next project will be a charging station for all of my cordless tools.

-- Measure twice and cut once, after you sharpen your pencil!

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#1 posted 377 days ago

Looks like a mighty fine piece of furniture and well designed.
I could never give up that much real estate…................

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 376 days ago

Very nice set up! I’m planning on redoing my Dust Deputy cart. I think
I will follow your basic concept.



-- John, Illinois,

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#3 posted 376 days ago

I like the design… and it is good you took the time to paint it… looks good too. Been procrastinating on similar project… not sure where I would store a piece of dust vac furniture.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#4 posted 376 days ago

Very snazzy. Nice build.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#5 posted 376 days ago

I agree, great job. I liked the fact you dressed it up gives it that finished feel. As a side note, Please dont take this the wrong way, but anyone who didnt know the purpose of the cart and only seeing picture number 2 (no pun intended) might think you built a “PORTA-POTTY” sorry.. I couldnt resist.


-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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Rick Dennington

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#6 posted 376 days ago

Very sharp-looking…....Nicely done…..I’d bet it works good, too…Sure makes toteing the vac and bucket around a lot easier…........Stellar job on the build…........

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#7 posted 376 days ago

Very nicely done! I love my Dust Deputy cart, use it all the time. I do like your design better.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#8 posted 376 days ago

Great job! I just finished a shop-vac cart myself. I like your design as it looks more like furniture. Well done.

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#9 posted 376 days ago

Thanks to all for the nice comments. Scott, no offense taken as a matter of fact, when my neighbor first saw it, that’s exactly what she told me. You know, now that I take a good look at. I guess it’s pretty much true, but functionality is more important than aesthetics.

I actually used it today and it sure was nice, not worrying about the dust deputy tipping over. I like it!

-- Measure twice and cut once, after you sharpen your pencil!

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Scott Shea

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#10 posted 375 days ago

I’ve been looking for something like this, my Dust Deputy keeps falling over when I am cleaning up my shop. Great idea and great approach to this cart! I might have to try this out myself!

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!

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#11 posted 218 days ago

How do you like that craftsman shop vac?

-- Andrew, California

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