Dust Deputy Vacuum Cart

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Project by OakHill posted 03-28-2014 06:50 PM 5167 views 35 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I searched Lumberjocks and “Google images”, for a Dust Deputy cart that would meet my shop requirements. I was unable to find the right one so this is my version.

The base and shelf are made from ¾ plywood. The vertical support was made from 1×6 Choice pine. The vertical support was assembled and attached to base using the pocket hole method. The cart’s handle and attachments were all located within the vertical assembly in order to conserve space.

The Dust Deputy comes with two pails. The bottom pail is screwed to the shelf. As described by many others, a ring was secured to the lid to reinforce its inherent weak spot.

I replaced the original Ridgid hoses with Ridgid’s 1 ½ inch flexible hose, both for the vacuum line and the interface hose. This size hose works very well for in my shop. The connection with the dust deputy was made using a 2” PVC elbow, a short length of 2” PVC pipe and a 2’ to 1 ½” PVC reducer.

The original Ridgid casters were removed and set aside for future use if needed.
Four 1 ½ Dia. swivel casters were mounted to the base.

Painted to match the shop theme.

Flexible hose kit was purchased at Home Depot:

-- John, Illinois,

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#1 posted 03-28-2014 08:31 PM

That is a great looking cart you have there. I have been trying to figure out how to do the same thing with my setup.
You now need to post your workshop so we can all see how the “theme” works.

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#2 posted 03-28-2014 09:35 PM

What really is cool about this is the whole system is all on the same footprint as the vac. Nicely done. I have visions of this being copied in the future.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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Eddie G

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#3 posted 03-28-2014 09:58 PM

copy no. 1 to be posted soon. great set up.

-- Ed G., Hillsboro, Oregon, U.S.A.

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#4 posted 03-28-2014 10:16 PM

Great looking cart John. I love your saying “shop theme” I;-D
I may have to work on one. Great project and have a fantastic weekend.

-- Narinder, Calgary, Ab.

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#5 posted 03-28-2014 11:26 PM

Nicely done John. Your shop is spotless buddy, I wish I could say the same about mine.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Bob Current

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#6 posted 03-29-2014 12:00 AM

Great design and finish, does your wife work with you on the projects?

-- When you are wrong admit it, when you are right forget it.

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#7 posted 03-29-2014 12:49 AM

Nice cart. That looks like a fun shop to work in!

-- Tommy

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#8 posted 03-29-2014 02:10 AM

Love the vertical theme of this design. In a shop footprint utilization is important. Great job!

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#9 posted 03-30-2014 10:25 PM

Good design. This is obviously working … I don’t see any dust in the shop :-)

-- When All Else Fails ... Hit Delete

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#10 posted 04-10-2014 08:49 PM

One suggestion- I know it would make your cart a little more top-heavy, but I would reverse the stack and put the shopvac on top. That would allow you to use much less performance-robbing flex hose between the two components.

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#11 posted 04-11-2014 09:23 AM


Your suggestion about reversing the vacuum and the Dust Deputy has merit. Before I made the cart as shown I made a mock up and tested the vacuum performance in both the upper and lower levels. I did not notice any difference in the vacuum performance.

Hence, I made the decision to place the Dust Deputy on top and not have to worry about counter balancing the cart for it being top heavy.

Thanks for the comment, and I hope this helps others in their cart design.

-- John, Illinois,

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#12 posted 04-11-2014 04:09 PM

Great concept for combining the two units in a small footprint. There are several other ‘setups’ out there but this is by far the simplest and most cost effective.

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#13 posted 04-12-2014 07:20 AM

Interesting to see this posting. Just the other day, I acquired a Dust Deputy and made a structure somewhat similar to yours. It works well.

I do like your flexible hose though. I shall have to try to find some of that.

Great idea.

-- jroot

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#14 posted 04-12-2014 09:32 PM


The flexible hose kit was purchased at Home Depot.


-- John, Illinois,

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#15 posted 04-12-2014 09:34 PM


The flexible hose kit was purchased at Home Depot.


-- John, Illinois,

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