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5 Gallon Bucket 2nd stage for shopvac

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Project by schupaul posted 09-06-2008 06:07 AM 5232 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is to match my el’ cheapo HF mod.





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woodworm

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#1 posted 09-06-2008 09:42 AM

Great attempt.
Have you tried it? Does it work.

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Zuki

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#2 posted 09-06-2008 01:38 PM

neat setup. does it work as well as your larger one? I might just need one of these as the bigger ones would take up too much room in the shop.

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#3 posted 09-06-2008 02:55 PM

Let us know how this works. I don’t have room for a big dust collector, but this could really help me out.

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

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#4 posted 09-06-2008 03:04 PM

I think you could get better operation out of this setup by simply moving the suction end (out to shop vac) to the center of the lid. The idea is to get the incoming airstream moving circularly around the circumference of the drum. Friction with the wall slows down the dust particles enough that they fall out of the airstream. With the suction placed where it is now, only about 1/2 of the circumference of the bucket is used.

Better yet, since you have the right angle fitting on the inlet, maybe even move the outlet directly behind the inlet to force air movement around as much of the circumference as possible.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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schupaul

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#5 posted 09-06-2008 04:05 PM

I will try moving it to the center and give it a shot. Thanks.

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schupaul

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#6 posted 09-06-2008 04:06 PM

It seemed to work pretty good yesterday when I tried it.

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Callum Kendall

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#7 posted 09-06-2008 10:37 PM

That is cool!

Thanks for the post

Callum

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#8 posted 09-07-2008 12:19 PM

I’ve tried this with a 1hp HF dust collector and a 50 gal drum and it worked pretty good, with the help of my 4 hp shop vac. I had 3 machines hooked up to it. With shut offs on the machines I was’nt using.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 09-24-2008 07:44 PM

Another suggestion: I made a similar collector a few years ago and divided the bucket by placing a piece of screen wire between the inlet and outlet. Occassionally you will need to take it out and dump the dust off.

-- Max - Birmingham, AL

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