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scottkeen

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11-12-2015 11:02 PM

Hi, I just joined this forum. I like building things and doing my own work around my home, just a weekend diy’er. I live in an average size condo and have a small balcony where I do some of my projects but hope to turn my 2nd bedroom into a workshop/home-office at some point.

My question is about dust collection. I’m looking at Shop Vac options which I can mount to the back of the door of my tiny balcony storage closet where I store my tools. Here’s the link to the vacs I’m considering, a big factor is how much space it takes up, but it needs to do the job.

https://goo.gl/PT3C0i

Would any of these work well enough for hooking up the hose to the bench tool?


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#1 posted 11-13-2015 12:43 AM

Welcome Scott. Don’t let my post number fool you, I had to reset my membership due to a computer problem. Anyway, working in a small shop can be a challenge but most of us started that way. Any vac you use will be a huge improvement over letting the dust fly everywhere so buy the best you can afford. You will get tons of great advice here but I try to remember I do this as a hobby and any tool I buy must meet a need versus want test. Once you decide you need a tool buy the best you can afford so you only buy it once. Good Luck!

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#2 posted 11-13-2015 12:49 AM

welcome!
no advise for vaccum, but anyone converting a bedroom into a workshop is awesome!!

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#3 posted 11-13-2015 01:19 AM



I try to remember I do this as a hobby and any tool I buy must meet a need versus want test

Thanks, I know what you mean and it’s very hard to do that!

I moved from Hawaii where I had space in my 2-car garage to put my beautiful Delta 36-675 contractor table saw (the belt-driven one with ) but had to sell it because it weighed like 400 lbs and was too big to ship. Now, I’m back in Virginia in a small condo and had to compromise and get a little DeWalt DW745 portable job-site table saw to save space. I probably won’t be able to rip 4×8 sheets like I did with the Delta (I miss that saw…)

That said, I just want to get a Shop-Vac that does the job without taking too much space. After using a planer the other day on the balcony and seeing how much shavings came out of that thing, I’m concerned that the 1.5 gallon Shop Vac would fill up too quickly, so I’ll probably go for the 3.5 gallon but hope it has enough sucking horsepower per gallon.

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#4 posted 11-13-2015 01:31 AM



welcome!
no advise for vaccum, but anyone converting a bedroom into a workshop is awesome!!

Thanks! Well, the 2nd bedroom is a “2nd master suite” in the condo, about 12’x13’ which I’m using as my office and was going to make it a guest bedroom. Seeing how having guests come over to visit and stay is a rarity, the room is wasted space when all I have in the room is a laptop and printer and a cheap desk.

So, it should become a workshop/office! Dust collection will become an even more critical issue then but my tools need to stay compact so I don’t feel crowded. For the rare possibility of guests staying over, I figured I could install a murphy-bed against a wall.

Is there a thread of people converting bedrooms and small spaces into workshops? It would be great to see some ideas.

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