|Project by ontheworkbench||posted 03-17-2014 04:57 AM||2461 views||4 times favorited||5 comments|
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?).