Basic Dust Deputy DIY Collection System

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Blog entry by kevinbradshaw posted 04-28-2014 06:47 PM 17950 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first blog.

I’ve just recently gotten into woodworking and quickly realized that even small projects create a lot of dust. And since I have two little girls in the house and I have asthma, I decided that I couldn’t keep working without some sort of dust collection system.

I don’t have much space, and I didn’t want to spend tons of money, so I decided on the Dust Deputy DIY. It’s pretty basic: Shop-Vac, large plastic bucket (I was going to use a 5-gallon paint bucket but I found a 10, 15 gallon maybe, chlorine bucket from a pool supply store), some 2 inch PVC, a 10 foot flexible hose, some MDF and some small casters so I can move it around.

Here is the finished product:

Here are the results of my first trial run.

This is the dust that I had in a separate bucket that I used for my test:

This is my Shop-Vac before:

Here is the dust going around the Dust Deputy:

Here is the large bucket with all the dust:

And here is the very small amount of dust that made it into the shop-vac:
This was a dry-fit test run, so none of the PVC was sealed and I haven’t tested the seal of the bucket. So with a little tinkering I hope to reduce the amount of dust getting into the shop-vac to nearly nothing.

-- Kevin - Tampa, FL

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#1 posted 04-28-2014 07:43 PM

Nice build on this and Looks like it is going to work just fine. I had not thought of useing the PVC , was just going to go with the flex hose when I make mine. but I just might try the PVC since I can get some scrap from work for free.

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#2 posted 04-28-2014 10:59 PM

Looks good. I’ll be making my dust deputy/vac cart pretty soon.

Bare-footed woodworking ftw. :-p

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#3 posted 04-28-2014 11:29 PM

That’s got to be a winner for everybody all round!

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 04-29-2014 12:54 AM

That PVC pipe looks like a good idea!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#5 posted 05-11-2014 11:24 PM

I was going to post a Question, but I think you answered my question. Instead of paying Oneida Air for the bucket I can just by the cyclone and attach to A Homer bucket with cover from Home depot was thinking flex hose like in the plans that shopsmith had but may go for PVC have to think about that


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