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Project by tdv posted 06-21-2010 11:37 AM 2642 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the UK we’re a bit restricted for choice unlike the States I have seen these cyclone attachments many of you guys use of course they are not available here & to import one would make it so expensive so this is what I came up with I know it’s technically not woodwork. I made it out of 14 gauge aluminium & TIG welded it then sealed it with a construction adhesive mouted the flange on an MDF disc & sandwiched the plastic lid of a 10 litre tile cement bucket to it. I’m very pleased with the way it performs I literally get next to nothing on my vac filter now it all drops into the bucket. The 4 tags sticking out were to support the lid which I made removable in case of blockage but it lost too much suction through the joint so i sealed it on with a construction adhesive & that cured the problem. Thanks yet again LJ’s for the inspiration

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#1 posted 06-21-2010 12:23 PM

I think this is woodworking. It’s similar to making your own jigs.

It looks great, & if it works like you say it does, that’s the main thing.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 06-21-2010 01:18 PM

Sure it’s woodworking, making woodworking tools certainly qualifies. The best tools are the ones that you make yourself. The Cyclones a tool just like a workbench is. I salute your talent and ingenuity.

Incidentally, I lived in Europe for a while and you guys have access to things we don’t have too. It’s more a matter of trade offs instead of one place being better than the other. Often I find myself wishing I could move back. Suppose it’s a grass is always greener phenomenon.

-- There's no such thing as mistakes, just design changes.

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#3 posted 06-21-2010 03:24 PM

Not sure of the price/cost of the construction adhesive but what I use to seal the joints of my vacuum system is an adhesive backed foil tape. This stuff sticks to anything and make a superior seal. It’s the same stuff HVAC folks use to seal duct work. I have an Onida system and I believe it is superior to the just plain bag units for performance. Looks like you just made a smaller version of it. Spot on. Keep making chips.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#4 posted 06-21-2010 05:54 PM

Was that a HINT?

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#5 posted 06-21-2010 06:11 PM

not sure what you mean Jim , hint about what?

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#6 posted 06-21-2010 06:23 PM

Good build Trevor I good Idea and money saving too.


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#7 posted 06-21-2010 06:43 PM

This is really well made, especially the cone.
I had the sheet metal all laid out yesterday and was about to dive in and make one of these, then chickened out.
I ordered a dust deputy and will take the easy way for a change.
I am hoping to use it for control of lead paint chips and harmful dust while prepping the house for painting.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#8 posted 06-21-2010 07:17 PM

Good job Trevor.
That looks like it should do the trick!

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#9 posted 06-21-2010 07:44 PM

tdv – maluco’s post (I hope someone post the full dimensions of Oneida cyclone, so we all can make one in steel or aluminium at inexpensive price). Maybe I just don’t see the trees for the forest…...I need another cup of chai tea.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#10 posted 06-22-2010 12:42 AM

Excellent work. I think all of us appreciate what it takes to make something useful like you did here. BTW, there was a post a couple of days back of a cart that someone made that houses both their shopvac and their cyclone/bucket.

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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#11 posted 06-22-2010 02:07 AM

Another great project.

I have not done welding for 25 years, since I graduated from university.

how dificult was it to wel those thin pieces of sheet metal?

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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