DIY Dust Collection (On the cheap)

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Project by WoodSimplyMade posted 10-08-2010 02:57 AM 11534 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got a new Porter Cable Table Saw and I have been making ALOT of sawdust. They way the it is built it forces all of the saw dust out of a dust port out of the back of the saw. Sawdust was getting over everything. Needed a cheap solution to capture the dust. I don’t have enough money for a full on dust collecting vaccum system and my roll around shop vac doesnt fit the outlet.

So I have had empty 5 gallon paint container laying around, intended to be turned into a cyclone for my shop vac and never got to it. So after putting the two items together I made a bucket to capture all the dust.

Using a hole saw I cut a 2.5” hole in the bucket and it is such a tight fit it supports itself on the 2.5” outlet of the saw. The cover on the bucket prevent dust flying out and it captures everything coming out. Just slide of to empty and slide back on the collect!

Hope this helps some other people having the same problem and a limited budget.


-- Mike, Florida,

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#1 posted 10-08-2010 03:46 AM


-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#2 posted 10-08-2010 05:30 AM

Ingenius. but… the ultra fine dust still inters your breathing space.

-- Abe Low, Fine furniture, Sacramento, CA

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#3 posted 10-08-2010 11:07 AM

awww living large… cool device… don’t panic about “ultra fine dust” just do like Bill Clinton and “don’t inhale…” ;)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#4 posted 10-08-2010 02:12 PM

Ultra fine dust will be taken care of down the road with a vaccum system.

Right now though the large particles arent getting all over my other tables and equipment.

-- Mike, Florida,

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#5 posted 10-08-2010 05:34 PM

maybe you could get an oneida DIY dust ciclone (, and attach it to your vacuum. that should do the trick. Or if you want you could visit and do it yourself…


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#6 posted 10-08-2010 05:40 PM

Part of being a good woodworker,I think, is being ingenious and figuring out how to do various things. You did great, well done.

-- Life is good.

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#7 posted 10-08-2010 06:27 PM

Good idea, my jointer spews chips all over the floor. I’m going to try your idea to make for easy cleanup.

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#8 posted 10-08-2010 06:30 PM

Let me know how it works!!

Thanks Howie, I agree with you. You have to be an avid problem solver to be a woodworker, nothing ever goes smoothly without having to reanalyze or adjust to make it right.

-- Mike, Florida,

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#9 posted 10-08-2010 06:30 PM

When in need a resourceful man will find the means. Good work.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 10-08-2010 07:06 PM

That’s great. I have the same saw and will be doing the same, ala mikeswodshop.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#11 posted 10-08-2010 08:13 PM

Spunwood, I absolutely love this saw, I just wish i had got it sooner!!

-- Mike, Florida,

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#12 posted 10-08-2010 11:29 PM

Dito on the suggestion of taking a look at billpentz site. Aside from the cyclone info there is enough data to make one really concerned about the airborne dust, ESPECIALLY if one works with the two extreemes, MDF or exotic species. Also, although not exotic, any wood that is treated or naturally rot or bug resistant may need special care, depending on exposure level and individual sensitivity.
BUT, don’t get an ulcer. ;-)

-- Abe Low, Fine furniture, Sacramento, CA

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#13 posted 03-23-2011 03:17 AM

I like! also this makes me want to post my dust collection system for my table saw. It is a trash bag under the saw

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