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Project by ontheworkbench posted 03-17-2014 04:57 AM 1384 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know this is not exactly novel, but here is my weekend project, a dust deputy cart. This was based around the Shop Notes issue 109 classic design, but I made a few tweaks. First I used schedule 40 2” PVC pipe to duct straight from the vacuum to the Dust Deputy instead of using vacuum hose. Using a rotary tool, I was able to sculpt a 90° elbow to connect to the vac. Then I made the cart shorter from front to back so that it could perfectly fit near my tool box. Eventually I will be running dust collection pipe that will end here so it will be the perfect shop location. I also added an electrical outlet and extension cord so that I can then plug in another shop tool (such as my band saw that has a short built in cord) when needed. Finally I painted it to match my Craftsman tool box.

Perhaps the obvious question is “how do I remove the five gallon bucket?” I did not actually weld the schedule 40 pipe together, so I can either remove the top U section, then lift up the hinged support flap, or if I disconnect the vacuum (take it off the cart), then I can lift the pipe assemble upwards to free the dust deputy, and thus gain access to the bucket. In order to keep the vacuum seal between the dust deputy and the pipe, I had to place a couple of rubber bands to create a seal. Perhaps a rubber ‘O’ ring would also work.

One thought that I had but decided against was to make the red center frame with dovetail joints to connect the top to the two vertical sides. I left it as a simple but joint to save time, but constructing this part as a long drawer could have been good old fashioned practice.

I also took the opportunity to replace my vacuum filter with a more clean, brand new, (more expensive) HEPA filter. I am hopeful that this will last quite a while (maybe the last filter I buy?).





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Hawaiilad

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#1 posted 03-17-2014 05:24 AM

What a great set up. You really nailed by using the PVC pipe. I can see how that would save in the size of the cart. Thanks for sharing your ideas

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#2 posted 03-18-2014 12:37 AM

Very nice. Can I steal your idea ? I also have a Dust Deputy which still amazes me how well it works. But wrangling the hoses etc is a hassle.

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

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SuburbanDon

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#3 posted 03-18-2014 12:38 AM

Very nice. Can I steal your idea ? I also have a Dust Deputy which still amazes me how well it works. But wrangling the hoses etc is a hassle.

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

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ontheworkbench

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#4 posted 03-18-2014 02:20 AM

@SuburbanDon by all means steal as you wish, you may also want to take a look at this video from Trevor’s Workshop http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2cwVbNb8gs that is where I got the idea of the extension cord and outlet.

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#5 posted 03-18-2014 10:29 AM

Nice cart To make the PVC fit tight without glue heat it up with a torch a little and it will shrink a little to fit tight. I have a vid on YouTube showing how to make a shop vac hose connector with PVC pipe . It also works the same going a little smaller.

-- Patrick's work shop

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