Dust Collection

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Blog entry by Warren posted 01-15-2012 03:42 PM 5399 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a small 10×20 shop Im buying it from a rent to own place. Just to let you all know my payments arent but $77 a month not a bad deal I dont think. I put a $500 deposit to get my payments that cheap. Anyways, my dust collection system is a small shopvac hooked to two 5 gallon hooked together. Its homemade and works really well big chips fall in the bottom bucket and the fine dust falls in the upper bucket. The suction hose from the shopvac goes to the top bucket and the hose from the machine Im using goes from there to the lower bucket. It works really well not much gets to the shopvac which is great :) I took two 5 gallon buckets an drilled a hole for a pipe from an old vacumm then I took some caulking and spread between the to bucket ends and use screws to connect them together. Next I drilled a hole long enough to place an old plastic pipe with a curved end to the bottom bucket faceing one direction for a hose, then I did the same to the top bucket in the opposite direction, this gave me the cyclonic action for the suction. Believe it or not I have greater suction with the buckets hooked to the shopvac. My next project is to make a board to attach to my shopvac with several ports for various machines I have, then run a hose from each machine to that board. Thn all I have to do is move it from port to port. Less time reaching from behind the machines to get to the hose since the shopvac is up to where I can reach it easily. Just wanted to share this info for those that cant afford those expensive dust collection systems. Im a woodworker on a tight budget so I use my mind and do research to make things work. Have a Great Woodworking Day all and hope my info helps someone in need of a dust collection system on a tight budget :)

-- Warren, Cambridge,OH.

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#1 posted 01-15-2012 04:21 PM


Sounds like a great idea for a smaller shop where space is at a premium.

Maybe you could post some pictures of your DC design?

Thanks for sharing your idea.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#2 posted 01-16-2012 07:03 AM

Sounds to be a very interesting design

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 01-16-2012 07:16 AM

yes please post pictures my shop is the second bedroom of my apartment and dust is a major problem. need a diy solution that is small enough to be out of the way but also work. sounds like your idea might do the trick.

-- shane1138--"if you don't have time to do it right you must have time to do it again"

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#4 posted 01-24-2012 06:15 PM

Great Idea! could you share details how you made the dust collectors?

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