Homemade systainer mounting plate for my Dust Deputy

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Project by glue4you posted 12-30-2013 01:00 AM 3454 views 3 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went to the workshop late in the evening to do some cleaning. After running away very very late on early Christmas Day morning the mess couldn’t have been worse. Digging through the first layer of tools and clutter I looked at the newly bought dust deputy and my festool shop vac. Suddenly I heard a voice, it said: “That nice little vac of yours has got a 1 micron dust bag and you shouldn’t be breathing all that airborne dust. Why don’t you build yourself a mounting plate that matches the systainer locks on the vac and screw the dust deputy to it? It will be so much easier…”

1. Put systainer on a sheet of baltic birch plywood
2. Trace shape around with pencil and marking knife
3. Cut out the shape on the scroll saw
4. Sand
5. Sand again
6. Add strips of black foam to the bottom of the mounting plate to bring it up a bit and stop any rattling
7. Screw down the bucket with big washers and flat bottom screws
8. Add feet to the far too long screws so they don’t cut themselves loose in the far too thin plywood. Also saves the foam from getting dirty.

Now the shop is still a terrible mess but the dust deputy is married to the shop vac. I really couldn’t bring myself to screwing the dd into the walls of the festool vac like the manual suggested. Well, I guess you’d go to hell for that anyway.

I know there is a systainer version of the dd for an incredible amount of money. But as the head of the cyclone sticks out on the top as well the systainer itself is completely useless. It’s just a box. The homemade unit can be attached and detached the same way so I’m pretty happy with it.

I will have to add a piece of plywood to the lid though to stiffen it up. The new vac is just too strong and I don’t want it to implode.

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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#1 posted 12-30-2013 02:26 AM


This a great idea and I’ll adapt it in my workshop for something similar.
I have a DD also and could do this to save floor space.

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#2 posted 12-30-2013 02:26 AM

Nice work Alex. Good to see a post from you. I wish I could afford the Festool line of products. They are very good quality. Froliche Weihnacten und Gutes Neue Jahr aus Florida.


-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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