wood stand to hold 30 gal trash bags to empty shop vac into

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Project by DaleMaley posted 08-26-2020 08:24 PM 1589 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I use a Sears shop vacuum to clean up my shop for the last 20 years.

When it gets full I have to do the following:

1. Get new plastic trash bag
2. Bend down
3. Remove filter cannister and beat against inside of bag and my leg
4. Re-assemble the filter cannister
5. Try to wrap the bag around part of the shop vac, lift it, and try to shake into bag
6. Re-install top of shop vac

I usually end up spilling quite a bit of sawdust.

After years of telling myself, “I should make a simple stand to hold the trash bag”...........I finally did it today.

I was going to use 4 clothes pins to hold the bag edges, but I lucked out and the bag just fits the OD of my new stand. I will install later if I find out I need them later.

Just used common pine 1×4’s and Kreg Pocket screws to build it in less than 1 hour.

Why didn’t I do this 150 trash bags ago??


-- Dale, Illinois,

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 08-26-2020 11:56 PM

Nice practical bag holder opener!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 08-27-2020 05:32 PM

Smart. Every time I empty mine I wish I had something like this!

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#3 posted 08-27-2020 05:49 PM

Smart. Every time I empty mine I wish I had something like this!

- jamsomito

It took me less than 1 hour to make and 3 boards, 8 foot long, plain 1×4 pine… the Kreg pocket screws… go ahead and build one :)


-- Dale, Illinois,

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#4 posted 08-27-2020 05:55 PM

The height you made that you could build a removable top with a lip that sits just inside the frame and have yourself something to sit on when youre not dumping saw dust.

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#5 posted 08-27-2020 06:36 PM

I too use a Shopvac. I’d suggest making a homemade cyclone and putting a Craftsman HEPA bag in the shopvac. Then you only have to empty the bag once every year or two depending on your usage. It will capture all of the fine (no-seeum) dust that gets past the cyclone. When I empty my bag it is packed so tightly that it is like a bag of sand. I just take the 5 gal. cyclone bucket outside and dump it in a tall kitchen bag to avoid the dust created when emptying it. I hot glued a clear plastic window on it so I know when it’s full. The filter is always clean as no dust gets past the bag so no more cleaning the dusty filter. I’ve had the same filter in there for 3 years and it’s still clean.

My Shopvac is in a carpet padding lined 3/4” plywood box with baffles and casters with other tools on top. You can barely hear it when it’s running.

Crude but effective.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#6 posted 08-28-2020 12:15 PM

Sort of a second on the stuff from Andy, with a few differences on my side, might be worth your trouble… I also have a DD knockoff cyclone but i mounted it on top of a metal 30 gal trash can with a DIY wood top. I had to add a wood ring inside to keep it from crushing inward when the vac gets clogged, but it works great. More capacity and easier to dump. Plus, use a size “G” bag inside the vac too like Andy noted, and your pleated filter will never get dirty. But I’m actually a little cheaper even. Cut one end of the bag and then fold-and-tape it closed again. Instead of just tossing the bag when it is full, you can remove the tape and staples, dump out all the really fine stuff from the bag, shake it out good, then reinstall the tape and staples, PRESTO reusable bag! The carpet box is an awesome idea though, would be nice to cut down on the noise as long as the vac had enough air inside so it can breathe.

-- Most of my tools are older than I am

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#7 posted 08-28-2020 04:25 PM

If you decide to go the padded cabinet route here are the vids I watched to build it.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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