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Blog entry by thiswoodshop posted 09-16-2011 06:29 PM 4339 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With all my wood turning and saw dust that is generated in the shop that accumulate rather quickly I needed something that wont clog my vacuum every time is vacuum. I was searching around in the Google Search engine and found The Dust Deputy . I used a Home Depot bucket and my Ridgid vacuum cleaner. This system has proven to very satisfactory and does a great job. I almost never have any thin in vacuum cleaner. I just mounted the system on a simple 2×4 and plywood cart.

-- Mo... For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind. ~ "Eleanor Everet" - www.thiswoodshop.com



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thiswoodshop

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#1 posted 09-16-2011 06:35 PM

Does any one have any idea why my pictures and videos wont load. This is now the second post that I run into this. Is the a size limit on the pictures. I have recently changed to a higher MP camera. Any how it on my main site also.

-- Mo... For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind. ~ "Eleanor Everet" - www.thiswoodshop.com

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#2 posted 09-16-2011 06:35 PM

I made it smaller and it seems to be working now.

-- Mo... For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind. ~ "Eleanor Everet" - www.thiswoodshop.com

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#3 posted 09-16-2011 07:13 PM

Looks nice. I’ve wanted to do this but possibly mount dust deputy above to save space. Also, I like your Ridgid shop vac. Mine is a few years old and has a very different design…the hose attachment goes through the top which is silly. I can’t use the dust bags with that model.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#4 posted 09-16-2011 08:34 PM

Hey Mo, your picture cam through fine! I have been meaning to do that too, My friend bought one at the Depot or Woodcraft and his works really neat. All the dust when in the bucket and his vac was clean inside. I’m like Eric, I want to mount mine above the vac to save floor space…............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 09-17-2011 01:58 PM

I recently decided to do the very same thing. My last shop vac finally gave up the ghost and I had to buy a new vac and went with the Vortex system that Rockler had on sale. I went the route Eric mentioned by going vertical with my design to help keep the footprint as small as possible in my shop…

Here is a quick pic of it right after assembly. Still need to add all the attachment brackets on the back for this and that. Im also going to run pvc on the inside corner that will connect the shop vac to the vortex so it wont look as ghetto with hoses running everywhere. So far so good….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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thiswoodshop

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#6 posted 09-17-2011 03:39 PM

I wanted to stack them up, but I have 3 little ones in the house and they tent to clime over and on every thing. That’s the same reason I put in a separate panel 100AMP so I can kill all power to my shop when I’m not using it. There’s some picture on my site of the panel. I think your idea of using PVC is cool. I saw the rocker one but at the time I bought this one theirs was more $ that this one. SO to save some money I chose this one. Just a question on the placement, way did you decide to put the vortex on top, I can tel by the picture but is the footprint about 2×2.

-- Mo... For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind. ~ "Eleanor Everet" - www.thiswoodshop.com

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#7 posted 09-18-2011 03:20 PM

I got the sketch up for in on my other pc but you right it is around 2×2… As far as putting the vortex on top I actually struggled with that one. I finally went with this route for a couple of reasons…. Ease of canister removal for emptying, and try to counter being top heavy. Seems with the vortex around half full it still is lighter than the shop vac (at least it seems that way to me). Also the inlets for the vortex are straight up and down. If I had put it on the bottom I would have had to raise I also added an empty 2 1/2” hollow compartment under where the vac is sitting. This will leave me plenty of room to add at least 60 pounds worth of sand if I do develop a balance problem….

I can understand with your concern about your young ones… Doesn’t hurt to be cautious…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 09-18-2011 03:50 PM

The hollow compartment sound like great idea, I will have to remember that one. I would love to see the finished product after you do all your pluming.

-- Mo... For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind. ~ "Eleanor Everet" - www.thiswoodshop.com

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#9 posted 09-18-2011 03:59 PM

I will definitely shoot you a heads up when its done. I am currently working on a plainer cabinet right now to help save my back. I will probably post both them up at the same time when their done. Maybe someone could use the idea or something. I also have a sketch up of it as well I would be more than happy to share.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#10 posted 09-18-2011 06:10 PM

I am looking at the same set. Woodcraft has a five gallon bucket size for about 25 bucks. I have a bucket and will need to get a longer hose

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#11 posted 09-21-2011 09:43 PM

I must say that the 5 gallon bucket I use is filling up fairly quickly when Im turning.

-- Mo... For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind. ~ "Eleanor Everet" - www.thiswoodshop.com

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#12 posted 09-21-2011 10:52 PM

better than on the floor. I am getting my set up this weekend

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#13 posted 10-04-2011 10:45 PM

Hello everyone. My first post, so let’s see how this goes.

This is my Dust Deputy setup. Found a commercial bread tray at the recycle center. Used some scrap 2X stuff, my Craftsman shop vac, cheap casters from Northern Tool and a shop vac hose from Rockler. Came together pretty well and works great! Hope you like it.

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#14 posted 10-05-2011 09:51 PM

This looks great , I think I might get a different hose for mine. I like the way you secure the cyclone it self that something I needto do.

-- Mo... For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind. ~ "Eleanor Everet" - www.thiswoodshop.com

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#15 posted 10-05-2011 10:32 PM

Thanks. Although I try not to, I find myself pulling the unit by the hose during cleanup. The cyclone is well secured with a plywood backer plate under the lid and the unit rolls easily, but securing the top with a bungee added a bit of extra security.

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