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Project by Dougbkmo3 posted 06-01-2019 09:39 PM 648 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my version of a vacuum cart for my dust deputy. I practiced doing some joints by hand.





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Popsnsons

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#1 posted 06-01-2019 10:04 PM

Nice…makes things compact and stable. I really need to add dust collection to my small work space.

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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Dougbkmo3

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#2 posted 06-01-2019 10:55 PM

Thanks, it has two layers of 3/4 melamine covered MDF in the bottom for weight, with the center of the top one cut out to accept the vacuum.

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therealSteveN

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#3 posted 06-01-2019 11:36 PM



I practiced doing some joints by hand.

- Dougbkmo3

Nothing wrong with that. As they say, practice makes perfect. Nice portable dust solution.

-- Think safe, be safe

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metolius

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#4 posted 06-01-2019 11:45 PM

Shop furniture is a great joinery practice.
I really like the small footprint used by this. It looks very easy to scoot around where you need it.

-- derek / oregon

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Dougbkmo3

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#5 posted 06-02-2019 01:42 AM



Shop furniture is a great joinery practice.
I really like the small footprint used by this. It looks very easy to scoot around where you need it.

- metolius


It really is easy to move. I had to have a small footprint due to limited space. The ones where the bucket sits on the same level as the vacuum are just too big.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#6 posted 06-02-2019 03:37 AM

Neat build D’bk’3, certainly addresses the proverbial limited space conundrum.

I believe a DD (equivalent or shopmade) is a must in all workshops.
(Tongue in cheek), You may need to add more melamine ballast as with use, the efficiency of the DD will channel any additional weight into the potential topish heavy DD and very little offset weight miserly distributed to the vac’s collector.

The only issue I have found with DDs is that depending on the power of your “sucker” the lid is prone to collapsing or at list distorting to an unsightly level. I sought solution by a 6mm MDF reinforcement under the lid,

which wasn’t 100% satisfactory so I put one on the top,

Haven’t tried to see if the top one alone would have solved the problem or it required both but if you experiment try the top first with the bottom as a backup as the top doesn’t need allowance for the ribbing.

If I may play the devil’s advocate, for anyone contemplating this type of “skyscraper” design, please consider larger wheels… while I haven’t done the maths, larger wheels will up the centre of gravity a tad, however, it may provide slicker unobtrusive movement accross a typical workshop floor better manuverability.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Dougbkmo3

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#7 posted 06-02-2019 03:54 AM

You may need to add more melamine ballast as with use, the efficiency of the DD will channel any additional weight into the potential topish heavy DD and very little offset weight miserly distributed to the vac s collector.

- LittleBlackDuck


It actually is very stable and not top heavy at all. I also used 2×2 to set the melamine on, so there is a little additional weight there too. The DD is directly over the vac and they are centered in the cart. I have had it full without any issues. I put a plywood support on the inside of the lid on my DD when I first got it. I thought I might have to support the DD on the top like I saw on some other designs, but so far so good.

As for the wheels, I guess I could have gone bigger, but I didn’t want to get it too tall for fear of tipping when I was planning it out. Now that I have used it for a while, I don’t think the next size up would cause any issues in stability. I have some decent cracks in the concrete floor of my garage and this work fine for that.

Thanks for the input, it could help someone else that might consider such a build. I am rather new at this stuff, but research things pretty well before I try it.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#8 posted 06-02-2019 05:35 AM


..... It actually is very stable and not top heavy at all…..
- Dougbkmo3

Duly noted. My stability concern was regarding dragging the dusty around the workshop by the hose while you were sucking…, however, if it stands (pun intended) the test, I need say no more.

Thanks for the input, it could help someone else that might consider such a build. I am rather new at this stuff, but research things pretty well before I try it.
- Dougbkmo3

Unfortunately I belong to that over populated genus of woodworkers that cuts first and then measures.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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mafe

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#9 posted 06-02-2019 09:43 AM

Super cool.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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splintergroup

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#10 posted 06-02-2019 02:19 PM

These are among my favorite shop projects to peruse. I have the DD/shopvac system jammed under my TS extension and it’s a royal PITA. The ideas LJers come up with are a true inspiration to finally get busy and solve my problem.

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SteveMI

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#11 posted 06-12-2019 07:41 PM

I have a kluged up similar one, but yours makes two improvements; easy access to the bucket for dumping and place for the hose and accessories. This went into my favorites and will be beginning of my new design.
Steve.

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