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Project by DannyBoy posted 01-29-2010 03:14 PM 4861 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this in just one evening in the shop to help keep up with the dust. It is based on Thein's cover design. My only issue is that the baffle didn’t work (dust just collected under the “out” nozzle and got sucked into the vac).

Works good without the baffle. I have already toted out a can full of dust from the shop floor and tools. I really needed this to get a handle on things. Total cost of the unit as I built it was about $60. All parts bought at Lowes. A good tip is that the 2 1/2” vac hoses will match up with a 2” PVC. I don’t know why, but it works. So, you can use a rubber gasket coupler to bridge between PVC and dust hose.

The next step to this setup is to build a cart (like in shop notes this month) that the vac and collector can ride on. Currently, the can is just bungied to a furniture dolly.

~DB

-- He said wood...http://hickbyassociation.blogspot.com/





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Cory

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#1 posted 01-29-2010 04:12 PM

Nice work. I bought a mini cyclone lid from Oneida, but I’m regretting the small bin size (5 gallons). I’m going to have to build one of these.

I’m certainly no expert on the subject, but my understanding is that if the baffle didn’t work, then there are probably air leaks. Dbhost is an expert on the topic. Maybe he can chime in with some suggestions?

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#2 posted 01-29-2010 05:04 PM

That reminds me, I have to clean up my shop. Good job on the collector. If it works ok without the baffle why would you need one?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 01-29-2010 05:55 PM

I like it, dust collection really isn’t as complicated as people think, simple things like this make a HUGE difference.

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FatScratch

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#4 posted 01-29-2010 05:59 PM

I built one of these a couple of months ago with the baffle, they are awesome. For less than $15, I have a great chip separator. Great job.

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PurpLev

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#5 posted 01-29-2010 06:08 PM

looks great.

if you’re having issues with the baffle this might be caused by several issues:

1. inlet is not properly angled – this causes the chips entering the baffle to not fly in a cyclic motion down the can
2. baffle opening not large enough – chips flying in dont have enough room to go under the baffle and into the can.
3. shopvac not pulling hard enough – chipps entering the baffle dont have enough speed to continue down the can and get stuck above it.

I’d check that the shopvac is clean (filter and all) and has enough suction. then play around with the baffle. it really should make a big difference in the long run.

but anything is better than nothing at all :)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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rmac

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#6 posted 01-29-2010 06:32 PM

Another hint is that the “out” tube must extend below the lid by an inch or so. I have one built on a garbage can like yours and it works almost perfectly (with the baffle). Play around with it a little bit. It’s worth the effort.

One more hint is to install a wooden ring maybe an inch wide about halfway down on the inside of the garbage can. That will prevent the garbage can from collapsing from the suction of the shop vac.

—Russ

-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs. http://thesorteddetails.blogspot.com/

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SgtSnafu

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#7 posted 01-29-2010 09:28 PM

Well done.

I plan to build a smaller version using a round kitchen garbage can, will probably need to do the wooden ring like rmac suggested.. I’ll show everyone how it turns out once it is completed..

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#8 posted 01-29-2010 11:14 PM

I like the furniture dolly. Functional. I do believe a fuchia bungie cord would suit the decor a little better. Great job.

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Enthalpy

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#9 posted 01-29-2010 11:15 PM

I like the furniture dolly. Functional. I do believe a fuchia bungie cord would suit the decor a little better. Great job.

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Enthalpy

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#10 posted 01-29-2010 11:15 PM

OK..I hit the post Button 2 times….

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stefang

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#11 posted 01-30-2010 01:14 AM

I like your set-up. My shop vacuum is a metal drum type and I it has a3/4” recess on the bottom, so I just cut a round from a platter to fit into the recess and put wheels on it. That way I can move it around into some pretty tight spaces.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 01-30-2010 06:49 AM

Very neat. I have an old wheeled commercial trash can laying around that would be perfect.

-- Chris, South Carolina

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#13 posted 02-11-2010 08:31 AM

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