Dust Deputy / Shop Vac Cart

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Project by DadoDog posted 12-18-2015 01:17 AM 49649 views 74 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my take on a Dust Deputy/Shop Vac cart that was inspired by the excellent design by The2CarGarageShop on this site (, which is different from most other vac carts in that it has a usable work surface, and no bucket. Instead of a bucket, the dust from the Deputy falls into a airtight section of the cabinet, which is accessed through a hinged door. Rubber weatherstripping maintains a seal, and a window sash lock keeps the door closed tight. Inside I’ve got a clear plastic bin which is very lightweight and slides out for quick and easy emptying. This bin is actually a plastic file container that you can pick up at places like Staples, or wherever you find office supplies. No door for the shop vac compartment yet; I may add this to dampen some of the noise. So far it’s worked well. The suction is fantastic and virtually no debris ends up in the shop vac. I used 2” ABS pipe and one rubber flex fitting for the plumbing.

I made this cart the same height as my table saw, the idea being that it will serve double duty as an outfeed table.

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#1 posted 12-18-2015 01:46 AM

I like it, Nice set up. Should serve you well.

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

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#2 posted 12-18-2015 07:39 AM

Very good idea. Thanks for sharing.

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#3 posted 12-18-2015 09:49 AM

Very clever & well built.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#4 posted 12-18-2015 01:15 PM

Well built cabinet and dust collector cart.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#5 posted 12-18-2015 01:36 PM

I believe there will be a Dust Deputy under the tree for me this year so a cart of some sort will be in my future as well. Thanks for the idea.

-- "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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#6 posted 12-18-2015 01:56 PM

I like how compact that is and everyone can use another work surface. But how much of a pain is it to access the filter on the vac?

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#7 posted 12-18-2015 02:28 PM

This is a great addition to your shop. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 12-18-2015 04:36 PM

I like the plumbing on this – I may have to “shamelessly reapply” to my own DD and Shop Vac setup

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#9 posted 12-18-2015 07:49 PM

My dust deputy/shop vac is on a cart and uses the bucket but I think I like this design better. Great idea to double as an outfeed table. Have to add it to my ever-growing list of projects. Thanks for sharing!

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#10 posted 12-18-2015 10:42 PM

I also like this system. Might not want to enclose the vac. I enclosed a shop vac years ago for my scroll saw and did not have enough air flow and burned up the motor. It did quiet the vac, but was it worth it?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#11 posted 12-19-2015 12:22 AM

Thank you for posting this project. This gives me some ideas on a vacuum cart I am currently building.

-- KRK

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#12 posted 12-19-2015 03:08 AM

I would also worry about the airflow to the motor.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#13 posted 10-14-2016 05:30 PM

very cool, just got a dust deputy and been looking at plans for a vac cart, hadnt even occurred to me to add a work surface to it

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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