Dust Collector and Air Compressor Closet

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Project by MayflowerDescendant posted 10-20-2010 05:53 AM 9614 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first dust collector I purchased was the Delta 50-775 (1 HP, 650 CFM). It’s a great little machine that I still have / use today. However, once I commited myself to building out / equipping a full workshop, I was looking for a little more capacity in terms of horsepower and suction / CFM. However, that means a dust collector with a bigger footprint (taking up more valuable floor space) and a significant increase in the noise level of the shop. Similarly, air tools require a good size compressor (big enough that it isn’t running constantly, but noisy enough when it does run). I came to the conclusion that these two noisy and space-hogging tools needed their own home. Hence, I built a dedicated dust collector and air compressor closet on the outside wall of my garage.

The first picture shows the closet, alongside my house. It has double doors for easy access, is fully insulated, vapour barriered, and lined with 1/2-inch ply. It features a number of 110 and 220V outlets inside, and a 110V GFI outlet outside. There is adequate venting under the eaves and a dedicated vent on the side (see white grill).

The second picture shows my Grizzly (G1029) Dust Collector (2 HP, 1550 CFM, 12-inch heavy-gauge impeller, 6-inch intake). The burgundy unit you see on the floor next to the motor / base is the receiving unit for the remote control that I clip to my shop apron and utilize from inside the shop. This unit (The Long Ranger III) is available through Grizzly (220V only). The piping (and air compressor hose) comes into the shop via a hole I opened in the wall, framed with diamond plate on both sides.

The third picture shows that no free space goes wasted. I built shelving above the dust collector for all those power tool carrying cases we keep (for some reason) and on the side wall, a ledge that I rest my Delta benchtop downdraft unit on.

The fourth picture shows the left hand side of the closet – floor to roof shelving in behind the air compressor to store my various heaters, a fire extinguisher, assorted shop supplies.

The fifth picture shows the air compressor. Could be bigger, yes, but I found that this Sears Craftsman unit (2HP, 12 Gallon) is more than adequate for my woodworking air tools.

The sixth picture is the view from the street. I would say that it pretty much blends in with the rest of the house.

My objectives in building this unit were: (1) to regain valuable floor space, (2) reduce both the noise in my shop as well as the noise emanating from my shop, (3) provide a secure, dry, yet ventilated area for these tools and related storage, and (4) not to be an eye-sore on my house, as viewed from the street. I’m definitely satisfied with the result.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#1 posted 10-20-2010 06:09 AM

First, I absolutely love it. It’s one thing to stick the noisy bits outside, but … you built them a comfy place to live, and did it right !

Second, ... forgive my ignorance (genetic), but … what’s the Delta unit on the wall ??

Pretty sure I’ve got the same compressor. It’s relatively quiet, happily. Love my Long Rangers, too. Bulletproof.

Another silly question: with a remote-located DC, how do you know when the bag/separator are getting full—decreased performance ??

Nice job. Really slick look.

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 10-20-2010 06:18 AM

Good job !!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 10-20-2010 07:18 AM

Guys … Thanks for the nice comments.

Neil … Re. The Delta unit on the wall … In 2003 / 2004, Delta came out with a portable, benchtop, downdraft unit (Product No. AP075). A great little device – reinforced plastic (yet solid) base with rubber feet, 4-inch hose connection, a good size metal top with slots and a tacky coating to prevent your work from sliding around. Works well for small projects / parts. Bad news – Have not seen them around for some time. I hit the Delta website and could not find, including a search by product number. I would ask your local Delta dealer or rep. Given you have the part number, they should be able to give you an answer as to whether it still exists or not. Perhaps they can track one down or you are able to find one online. Wasn’t cheap – around $125 but (like everything) you weigh the time it would take to build one (materials would be fairly minimal) versus spending the time building something I really want to build.

Re. How do I know when the bag is getting full … I don’t do so much woodworking that this is a problem. Meaning, I am in the closet frequently enough to check it out “manually.” On my other, smaller Delta unit, I do noticed a degradation in suction as the bag fills up.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 10-20-2010 07:23 AM

All … Forgot to mention … Subsequent to taking these pictures, I have added the eavestrough and a downspout ;)

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#5 posted 10-20-2010 07:36 AM

Thanks for that info. I saw a LOT of “discontinued,” but will check around. There’s ALWAYS a “buy vs. build” decision on things like this, but … that one sure looks handy, and like it’s a good size.

I guess, from the pic, I was thinking it was some air filtration unit ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 10-20-2010 10:18 AM

I like the idea of the dust collector outside but what about the negative air press that it creates in the garage? I wouldn’t be able to do it because of the natural gas heater in the garage and i would be worried about pulling exhaust gases back into the garage due to the neg. pressure. Make sense?????

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#7 posted 10-20-2010 02:23 PM

Great idea. It blends into your house perfectly!

Also, you suck for having such nice looking grass. ;-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#8 posted 10-20-2010 04:11 PM

Great idea if it fits your setup. I guess you have no heating or AC in your shop though. With the winter we have here in Canada this would not work unless you add a return back into the shop. Maybe put in some HEPA filters to capture the fine dust.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#9 posted 10-20-2010 04:52 PM

Great way of creating more room in your shop and isolating the annoying noise of the compressor!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#10 posted 10-20-2010 08:51 PM

I don’t really know what to say more, you definately won the challenge! Thanks for sharing :)

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#11 posted 10-20-2010 09:05 PM

Swayze / Rex …. No problems with air flow / returns, etc. ... make it a point to ensure lots of fresh air in the shop – love to work with the garage door open (weather permitting), at a minimum, open a window or side door (with a retractable screen – keep the bugs out at night that are attracted by all the shop lighting). Ambient air cleaner and daily cleanup keeps the fine dust / airborne stuff under control. Additional heating / air conditioning – not a big need / deal on the West Coast – very temperate climate. I might run a small electric fan heater 5 times a year, just to take the chill off (on the coldest of days) or to “support” better conditions for gluing / drying of finishes.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#12 posted 11-12-2010 03:47 PM

Great solution.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#13 posted 03-12-2015 11:45 PM

Been thinking about doing the same. I have a Delta 50-850, 1.5hp, 1200cfm DC, and it’s little brother 1hp DC. I like the little one in the shop and it’s not very loud, but would like to move the big boy outside. Thanks for the great ideas. Also stealing your generator shed ideas for my horizontal compressor. Will be nice to reclaim some garage floor space and get the noise makers outside.

-- Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands. 1Thessolonians4:11

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