My Dust Deputy Cart and Table Saw Dust control

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Project by Kurt T. Kneller posted 09-17-2014 02:02 PM 17296 views 25 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am new to wood working and recently joined Lumberjocks and have been lurking around….. I have a small 2 car garage and it is bulging with way to much stuff and space is limited. My bench top tools are on fixed stands, table saw and miter saw have mobile bases. With the crowded garage, mobility is required and I needed a better way to collect and control dust so I bough a dust deputy. I have looked at so many examples of other the excellent work other lumberjocks and saw what their carts looked like. For me, I needed a dd cart with a foot print not much bigger than my shop vac and it had to be really mobil and stable. This is what I came up with. Most of everything was reclaimed/reused items I had laying around other than some hardware and the dust deputy.
I am alos in the process of trying to control that dust from my table saw. I have closed off the back and plumbed for the dd with a tee for the overarm dust guard I will be making soon. Any comments would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 09-17-2014 02:47 PM

That looks like it might be a highly effective solution (love the “plumbing”).
Let us know how it works for you and WELCOME to Lumberjocks!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#2 posted 09-17-2014 04:05 PM

It looks like you accomplished most of what you wanted. I like the compact foot print. I too have been looking for an ingenious and compact solution to adding a cyclone to my vacuum even though I have a large shop. I also frequently use my vacuum outside the shop so it still needs to be easy to remove it from a set up like this. You do have me thinking….....
I have two questions.
Why is the hose attached as the ground level? I see that you needed a second support for the pipe but you could have used what is known as a “street elbow” (A tee with a curved connection on the side to direct the flow) in the middle for the hose connection and still extended the pipe down for the support
Second. How do you service the internal filter on the vacuum without a lot of disassembly? It appear the vertical supports may have enough room on one side for it to slip through?

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 09-17-2014 06:08 PM

Nice job!...patent pending? ;)

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#4 posted 09-17-2014 08:23 PM

Nice design of the cart.

However, please correct me if I am wrong, but to me it looks like your intake from the floor/saw/or whaterver is attached to the side of the cyclone. On my dust devil, the intake is attached to the top so that the dust spins and then drops into the pail, as opposed to having to suck up through the bottom of the cyclone and then sucked into the vaccuum. Maybe it is my old eyes however.

Please let me know how it works. Maybe mine is backwards.

-- jroot

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#5 posted 09-17-2014 10:24 PM


My dust devil is like his with the vac suction hooked to the top.

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#6 posted 09-18-2014 02:28 AM


Mine is also plumbed the same, but sure would like to know if I have it bassackwards!

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#7 posted 09-18-2014 03:19 AM

Very nice! I like how the hose is attached down low so you can drag the vac around by the hose and not have it tip over.

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#8 posted 09-18-2014 03:29 AM

That is really cool. Great job and welcome to LJs

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#9 posted 09-18-2014 08:39 AM

Cool, I had one of these a while back they work well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 09-18-2014 10:33 AM

Great set up. Good to see you have lensured the bucket is raised from the vac otherwise overheating the vac motor may have been an issue.

I am not convinced however the 2” outlet at the TS base will be an effective way of collecting the saw dust?? you may find it blocks more than it clears the dust. It is primarily a vac afterall and not a dust collector, which operate in a different manner from one another.

If you don’t mind me saying, it may be better to collect the dust at the base of your TS via a bag which encloses the base and use the Vac to collect the fine dust produced at the top edge of the blade ( the fine stuff that ruins your day) via your blade gaurd. That way you will ensure maximum collection of dust with the set up you have.

Good work and well engineered though.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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Kurt T. Kneller

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#11 posted 09-18-2014 04:22 PM

Thank you all for the comments and questions. In regards to some of the questions here are my responses;
1) I have the tool hose mounted that low to avoid having it tip over and it also maximizes the hose length because most of my stationary tools have their connection points close to floor level.
2) The connections are per Oneida and everything is working the way it should
3) As far as accessing the filter in the vac all it takes is a couple a wing nuts, I can have the whole thing broken down in under 2 minutes. If everything works right accessing the filter should not be that often.
4) I did not want to use street elbows, instead I used long radius to minimize potential clogging and for better flow.
5) About the table saw collection, I had previously made a slanted collection box below the saw with the port on the low side. It worked but not that great and it seemed the slope was not great enough for all the dust to drop to the port. With this set-up I have enclosed the bottom of the saw with a 4” port (for future dc) with a reducer for the 2” pvc. I have also added a tee to be able to branch off to pick up the top dust at the guard (next project).
It seems there is almost more dust on top with the leecraft zci.

Here’s a tip for the shop vac filter. Steal on of your wife’s knee high stockings and put it over you filter. I makes maintenance easier and does not adversely affect the performance. If she asks you about it just play dumb…for me it is not playing so much.

Thanks again!

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#12 posted 07-28-2016 06:42 PM

Just came across this posting as I am looking to build something similar.
Is the orange pail just resting on top or is it fastened to the plywood somehow. Does it ever tip over?

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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Kurt T. Kneller

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#13 posted 07-28-2016 07:57 PM

Just came across this posting as I am looking to build something similar.
Is the orange pail just resting on top or is it fastened to the plywood somehow. Does it ever tip over?

- ohwoodeye

There are (2) buckets. one is bolted to the plywood, there other then drops in the first.
I have never had it tip over. I made it with the hose low to avoid that. I use it a lot. The only thing different today is I much more hose on it. I should have used better (taller) casters, everything was re-purposed materials. If I were to do it all over again I would make a cart more like Jay Bates

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#14 posted 01-17-2019 08:55 PM

Nice design…quite similar to the one I’m currently building. What is the diameter and length of the orange hose? Are you pleased with its flexibility? Did you purchase it separately? If so, would you please share the source? Thanks again!

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#15 posted 01-17-2019 10:44 PM

Just in case Kurt doesn’t respond soon, the hose looks like mine which is a Ridgid from Home Depot. It was advertised on the container as heavy-duty and it has served me well for about five years now.

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