30cm (12″) wide Dust Collection Cart with tools, parts and pipe storage

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Project by Cornelius posted 10-31-2020 10:58 PM 1512 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My shop is 10m² (1081ft²),

Few years ago I found out that the best spot to park a shop vac cart would be between the wall and the workbench…30cm wide that is (12”).

I was using on old Dyson, a tad wider than that.

I normally use plywood only for jigs, but I thought it would be convenient in this instance to fit the space and strength prerequisite.
I used a 5 EUR ashes vacuum container, a cheap cyclone and old vacuum pipes I found in a skip at the recycling centre.

The requirements were quite tough to meet :
As I work outside when I need more space, I wanted to have an inbuilt storage for the basic tools used at the table saw.
I wanted to be able to store all the vacuum parts on the cart, and I wanted if possible to store pipes glued together to be able to hoover my whole shop….

Well…I had to tear my hair out a bit, but I managed to tick all the boxes.

For the width, I had to take off the wheels and few bits and pieces of the vacuum cleaner.
Inside the cart I had to find the correct angle to tilt the device, as in the normal position, I could not fit the pipe in the space I had.

To fit the whole cart under my bench, I even had to cut a space for the workbench stretchers. As I wanted to accommodate the pipe storage, I had to make the whole thing quite high and at the end it passes only few millimetres under the front vice.

pipe storage;

I made a pressure valve for the ashes container and used a Kemo master slave switch to synch the vac to the tools (with a led).

pressure valve:

master/slave switch:

I have a switch to bypass the Kemo to be able to vacuum the shop and a normal plug to serve as an extension cable

As I have a cyclone in place and glued together two vacuum pipes, I have lost a bit of suction, but it certainly does the job and I am really happy with this appliance.

I use it mainly for the table saw and all the sanders.

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#1 posted 11-01-2020 03:04 AM

That is neat Corni... The DD improves efficiency 110%... also love your down to earth metric references… your techno mastery has me reaching for some vino.

Much as I’m a Dyson tragic, for the house, when SWMBO cracks the whip, you might find that Mr Dyson was not an avid woodworker… Hope you have a heavy duty sucker to back this little sucker up for the big machinery.

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

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#2 posted 11-02-2020 11:18 AM

Hi LittleBlackDuck, thank you, I am living in metric land and made the imperial references just for you!
I do have a chip extractor fro my planer thicknesser, this is used only for dust from the table saw, ROS and other sanders.

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#3 posted 11-02-2020 12:16 PM

What is the purpose of the pressure valve?

-- Dave, Tippecanoe County, IN --- Is there a corollary to Beranek.s Law that applies to dust collection?

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#4 posted 11-02-2020 12:53 PM

If something/wood chips are clogging the pipe, the suction will crunch the metal container under the cyclone.
The simple home made pressure valve will relieve the pressure and save the bucket.

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#5 posted 11-02-2020 07:11 PM

Great idea, I am still using a shop-vac and as you probably all ready know that doesn’t work to well.

-- John in Florida

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#6 posted 06-07-2021 12:44 AM

Very cool! Be careful though, evolve this design a few more generations and you’ll end up with a Dahlek.

-- Just getting started ...

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