Simple Rolling Cyclonic Dust Separator Cart

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Project by JoeinDE posted 07-25-2014 10:01 PM 1946 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a rolling cart to house my shop-vac and my homemade dust separator so that they would move together when I needed to drag the vac over to a power tool. The cart is made from 2×4’s, cedar osb that I was given and metal casters. The dust separator is achored by bungee cords. The cart works well. The separator has always worked well. It was constructed from a recycled locking 5 gallon pail and three pieces of angled PVC.

There’s nothing fancy at all about this, but it gets the job done and does a decent job of noise reduction from the vac.

I’m pretty sure I found the “plans” for the separator on-line. There is another 90 degree bend on the underside of the lid so that the dust gets rotated to drop out the heavier bits.


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#1 posted 07-26-2014 01:35 PM

I wondered if a 5g bucket would work for that…. seems it does! That will be a quickie to make.

-- I do this for fun.

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#2 posted 07-26-2014 03:09 PM

Would this work as a portable dust collection for a planer? Or is it not “strong” enough? I really need to at least get something simple, for now, to handle that beast, which is the really big dust generator in my shop. Been putting off a central dust collection system for about 30 years now :)

-- Traditional Woodworking & Carving classes at my shop in Coastal Maine:

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#3 posted 07-26-2014 08:25 PM

I’ve got a DeWalt 733 thickness planer and it works fine for mine. The vacuum seal is pretty good. I can pick up big shavings from my hand planes off of the floor of my shop.


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