Shop Vac cart

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Project by newbirdhunter posted 08-09-2013 03:00 PM 4967 views 12 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built a cart to house my shop vac and cyclone separator. As a new woodworker with unsteady hands, it was really, um, “educational” to be able to seriously use the jig-saw. I no longer fear it as much as I did when starting this effort.

The vac is an older Shop-Vac and it is married to a Rockler Dust Right Separator. Figured out I needed one so I added a cord manager after the fact which is working decently. Another lesson learned is to take more time really understanding the math involved when expanding the plan measurements to fit your vac/cyclone (I am horrible at math) so you can factor in a little “breathing” room. And yes, that is a wayward cut by the hole the cyclone sits in. Built from 3/4” plywood and finished with Varathane Light Walnut stain.

All in all, I would suggest folks try this as it was a lot of fun to build and is quite useful.

Plan can be found here.


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#1 posted 08-09-2013 05:54 PM

Nice job! I have a near identical shop vac and the rockler vortex so I’m adding this to my short list. :-)

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#2 posted 08-09-2013 07:18 PM

Nice work on that cart

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#3 posted 08-09-2013 08:52 PM

I’ve got the same set of plans sitting on my workbench. I’ve already bought the supplies and am going to brave the 105 degree heat this weekend to get started on it. I was planning on leaving mine raw but seeing your finish makes me think I should do something similar to mine as well.

-- Justin, Ft. Worth, TX

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Rick Dennington

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#4 posted 08-09-2013 10:31 PM

Slick…...That should do the trick for the dust…....I’ve got the vac…just don’t have the cyclone….

-- " At my age, happy hour is a 2 hour nap".....!!

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#5 posted 08-10-2013 02:44 AM

thanks for the kind words folks.

@nitewalker, for me this took care of the annoying tipping over that kept happening when i rolled the vac anywhere (the vortex would be dragged via the rigid connecting hose which sometimes didn’t give enough). life is much better now :-)

@woodshop101, i’m north of Plano so my garage has been sweltering too. i managed to crank this one out simply because of the tipping issue above.

@Rick, sign up for Rockler emails as the vortex goes on sale often.

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#6 posted 08-10-2013 06:23 AM

I like this and I m going replicate it for my shop vacation and seperator if that is OK with you!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#7 posted 08-10-2013 05:40 PM

@Oldnovice, be my guest. As i said, it was fun and i’m sure it will turn out to be quite useful.

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