Shop Vacuum Station

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Project by Sandra posted 02-04-2013 04:20 AM 8284 views 30 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I modified the plans from ShopNotes to build this for my garage/shop.

The station is made of 3/4” ply on 3” casters. The centre holds the vacuum wand, broom and dustpan. The other accessories fit right onto the base of my Ridgid vacuum. The handle at the top makes it easy to wheel around. The hose that came with the dust deputy is too short, so I’ll be shopping for a longer hose and a variety of connectors so that I can easily connect to my bandsaw, table saw, router table and CMS.

The cut-outs were a bit of a challenge and were done with my jigsaw. While I had this half done before my bandsaw arrived, I still got to use my new Rikon 10-325 for some of the cuts.

While my shop will always be ‘under development’, everything is now mobile. My goal for my next project is to make something NOT shop related.


-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#1 posted 02-04-2013 04:27 AM

That looks like it will serve the purpose quite well!

You even got to use your new Rikon 10-325!!! Yee-Haa!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 02-04-2013 04:47 AM

Oh I like that. I have thought about getting a dust deputy as well. I have a Sears 1HP roll around that has a bag that works just fine, but sometimes I would like to just leave it in the area of where my planer, bandsaw and joiner are located and a set up like you have for cleaning the shop. Nice having a few more tools isn’t it

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 02-04-2013 04:50 AM

Good job. Just keep plugging along.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 02-04-2013 06:46 AM

Nice job…I need to get organized better here. Hey any completed project is a win in my book! Right now my idea of dust control is to get the leaf blower out at the end of the day :-)

-- Once in a man's life you should have a good dog, a good horse and a good woman. The trick is to get them all together at the same time

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#5 posted 02-04-2013 02:28 PM

Great job!

-- Matt

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#6 posted 02-04-2013 04:20 PM

Nice work! I just finished building one of those about 3 weeks ago. It’s a HUGE improvement over attaching the Dust Deputy to the Shop Vac as Oneida instructs.

-- Paul Lyons

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#7 posted 02-05-2013 12:46 AM

Nice modification of the original plan.

-- Byung Soo Kim, Seoul, S.Korea

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#8 posted 02-05-2013 04:43 PM

Great thinking and build on it. Very nice, useful and handy project in the shop. Way to go!


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#9 posted 02-20-2013 12:32 AM

This has definitely been on my list of “things to build” Sandra. I’m currently doing the woodworker’s dance while trying to move both the Dust Deputy and my Ridgid vac around my shop at the same time. :)

Thanks for sharing Sandra!!


-- If at first you don't succeed...DO NOT try skydiving.

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#10 posted 02-20-2013 12:39 AM

Funny you should mention it today Dale, because I was happily using my cart today and discovered a design flaw in my modifications. The original plan has a hinged lid that fits over the top of the dust deputy. For some reason, my DD seemed higher than the one in the plans, so I ditched the lid altogether.

Today, I found out what the lid is for. The Dust Deputy works great, but it is top heavy. A few times, it tipped off the cart. All my fittings held, and it was only an inconvenience, but I’m going to have to find a way to keep that Dust Deputy in place.

If you do build one – keep the lid!


-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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