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Project by EdsCustomWoodCrafts posted 01-09-2019 05:00 AM 1022 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So over the Christmas period I slowed down the project making in the shop and spent some time thinking about what my plans were for 2019 as far as the workshop was concerned.

I have been recently buying a lot of hardwoods from a local lumber merchant and I am tired of spending tons of money on them dressing the lumber. So my plans for 2019 are as follows

Shop Upgrades:
I need a dust collection system in the shop and that is where this project fits in but more on that later.

Much need tool upgrades:
I am also going to purchase a Dewalt thicknesser planer and a Ridgid jointer, but before I made these purchases I need a dust collection in place so as that my shop would be equiped for these tools.

THE DUST COLLECTION CART : Project

I decided to purchase the Rockler Dust Right System for a few reasons:
I have decided to get Rocklers Dust Right mainly because of the following reasons:

Its affordable under $300.00

Its compact because it mounts on the wall, the reviews on this dust collection system are really good and all the accessories for it are affordable and puts it in the budget of a woodworker hobbyist like myself.

I don’t need to spend a fortune and run 4” ducting pipe all over the shop as the expansible hose can be run to one tool at a time.

When I move out of this shop and into another it will not be a big ordeal in transferring it.

INSPIRATION & DESIGN

I came across this video on YouTube that provided me with the inspiration I needed to solve my issue.

As I usually do I made a 3D model on Sketchup and you can see it below:

My design can be broken into 3 main assemblies – The Base (needs to be mobile so I added 3”castors) – The Divider – The Sides
THE BASE & DIVIDE
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The construction of the base and the center divider is basically the same, using plywood and 2×4’s I made a sandwich and just screwed the plywood sheets to the 2×4’s. I later came back and filled the counter-sunk screw holes with putty or dowels.


Here is a picture of the base


This is an image showing the divider getting glued up


Here is the completed base with the castors attached

After both these assemblies were built the divider will sit on the base, and held in place with the sides screwed into the divider and base assemblies, I also added glue for some good measure.

THE SIDES:

The sides are made from plywood and I basically cut them into big triangles that I counter-sunked and glued and screwed the panels in place. I made them the shape of triangles so as to allow easy access to the cart base


Here is the side all marked out, I gang cut the 2 sides with a jigsaw and them added a round-over.


Here you can see the attached side, I came back later in the project and used wooden dowels to fill the holes

ATTACHING THE DIVIDER TO THE BASE

Since the divider is basically sitting on the base as there was no way to secure them as I didint have access to the underside of the divider, that is why the sides play an important structural role in the cart.

I also came across my first problem, I used my trusty right angled holders to keep the divider in place so as that I could screw the sides into the base and divider, but with the clamps in place I could not flush the sides up against these 2 assemblies as the clamps were in the way as seen below


Clamps in the way


Here you can see the clamps removed and the right angled holder screwed in place.

My remedy for this was to still use the right angled holders but I chose to screw them directly into the base and the divider, that way I could check for plum and then sitting the sides on some riser blocks I could glue and screw the sides in place, after I was done I just un-screwed the right angle holders and the cart was made, structurally anyway.


Cart made

Now that the Cart was fully assembled, I needed to take care of some sanding and I applied paint to the divider and polyurethane to base and sides.

After assembling my Dust Right


Dust Right Pre-assembly

I need to test the functionality of the dust collector mounted to the cart, so I mounted it and I have to say that I am glad I put so many 2×4’s in the divider as they act as wall studs and I can attach the dust collector Z bracket so as that it can hold the weight of the dc.


Dust collector attached for the first time.

FINISHING UP

All that I needed to do now was all aesthetic’s so I decided to paint the divider grey to match the powder coat on the dc, I also applied 3 coats of poly to the sides and paint and that was it.

All complete I cant wait to put this tool through its paces and finally hook up all my stationary tools to the dc, the DC is not extrmely powerful ate only 3/4 HP but I have used it and it definitely seems upto the task for my shop.

I did make” plans and they are available on my site for free for now and I also made a complete project blog as I was making the cart

Happy New Year Fellow LJ’S and have a great year making saw dust.. My time of being full time woodworker is soon going to be coming to close as I need to return to full time work and I will be reduced back to being a weekend warrior… not looking forward to that but as allways I will make the most of it.

Thanks for reading sorry it dragged on

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown” . Come check out my website for more about what I make and how at www.edscustomwoodcrafts.com





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Rayne

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#1 posted 01-09-2019 05:15 AM

I figured it was from Evan and Katelyn’s as I recently saw their video on this cart. lol. Great job on the copy and tweaks. Nothing wrong with being a weekend warrior as long as you’re still making, but I understand the sentiment.

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#2 posted 01-09-2019 11:30 AM

Nice buy and build!

Do yourself a favor and look into adding a cyclone or better yet build a thein baffle separator.

http://www.jpthien.com/cy.htm

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] / www.rhoadesclan.com

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FreddieMac

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#3 posted 01-09-2019 02:14 PM

Looks like a good and useful build. Excellent job.

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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#4 posted 01-09-2019 04:17 PM



Nice buy and build!

Do yourself a favor and look into adding a cyclone or better yet build a thein baffle separator.

http://www.jpthien.com/cy.htm

- KnotCurser

I was actually looking at this separator from Rockler
What do you think ?

https://www.rockler.com/dust-right-dust-separator

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown” . Come check out my website for more about what I make and how at www.edscustomwoodcrafts.com

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KnotCurser

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#5 posted 01-09-2019 04:41 PM

That one would work perfectly – nicely sized for you application as well. The “Deputy” brands work well too.

Once you add one of these you will hardly ever need to empty the bag on your collector, plus your suction will never trail off as long as you keep the cyclone at a decent level.

Good luck!

Cheers,

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] / www.rhoadesclan.com

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AM420

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#6 posted 01-09-2019 05:13 PM

Nice work. Another option is instead of adding a separator you could save up to eventually add the Dustright canister filter. It has 1 micron filtration instead of the 5 micron I think the stock bag has so it will get the kind of stuff that can get past the separator too, and it has an internal flapper to knock the dust off of the inside of the filter so you don’t have to pull it off all the time.

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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#7 posted 01-09-2019 05:15 PM



Nice work. Another option is instead of adding a separator you could save up to eventually add the Dustright canister filter. It has 1 micron filtration instead of the 5 micron I think the stock bag has so it will get the kind of stuff that can get past the separator too, and it has an internal flapper to knock the dust off of the inside of the filter so you don t have to pull it off all the time.

- AM420

Perhaps down the road I will take that option but it cost as much as the dc itself .. I think I will take the route of the separator for now as it’s on sale for $80

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown” . Come check out my website for more about what I make and how at www.edscustomwoodcrafts.com

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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#8 posted 01-09-2019 05:16 PM



That one would work perfectly – nicely sized for you application as well. The “Deputy” brands work well too.

Once you add one of these you will hardly ever need to empty the bag on your collector, plus your suction will never trail off as long as you keep the cyclone at a decent level.

Good luck!

Cheers,

-bob

- KnotCurser

Thanks bob

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown” . Come check out my website for more about what I make and how at www.edscustomwoodcrafts.com

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