Home made Dust Collector

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Project by Ed posted 12-04-2013 02:41 AM 24261 views 9 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is cool I was wanting to make a dust collector for my shop. I was breathing in too much dust plus I was seeing it building up faster then I can clean it. I did a lot of research on Lumberjocks and found great ideas ( this is why I love this site). Well any ways my dad and I were hanging around the shop talking about the dust collector after I built the Kerg jig storage unit. I needed a bigger shop vac because the one I have is way too small and wouldn’t work to well for a dust collector. Well the next day when I came home from work and opened my garage door( my shop). What did I see? Was a 6.5 hp 16 gallon Ridgid shop vac still in the box and on the box it said Merry Christmas on it. So today we spent time in the shop and built this dust collector and I will tell you this. It works great. Its not every day that a 43 year old man gets to feel like a kid at Christmas time.

12/8. I upgraded to a 20 gallon barrel , because I found when ripping stock the 5 gallon filled fast. I sealed the lid with weather stripping so I wouldn’t lose any vacuum. I ran a test with this set up and it works like a champ.

-- Ed Cutler Rock Hill SC- My day to day life goes away when my tools come to life.

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#1 posted 12-04-2013 03:23 AM

Neat idea. Can you post more pictures or description on the cone.



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#2 posted 12-04-2013 04:42 AM

Its a 36” safety cone but make sure it’s not the soft one. The first one I tried was too soft and it was sucked into itself. I cut the top of the cone so there is a 4” OD. At the bottom I cut a 10” round piece of .5” pine and put a hole in the middle that fits the end of the vac hose.

-- Ed Cutler Rock Hill SC- My day to day life goes away when my tools come to life.

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#3 posted 12-04-2013 11:44 AM

Ed …what is the bottom” box” of the dust collection ???
Oh nice job and your lungs will thank you

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 12-04-2013 02:46 PM

Nice dust collection system, Ed!!
You’ll soon find you will need a bigger barrel on the bottom of that cone because they work so well!!

Thanks for sharing!!..............Jim

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

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#5 posted 12-04-2013 03:10 PM

Great dust collection system, after I read Todd Clippinger’s review on the dust deputy, I picked up 6hp
14 gal Rigid and bought the Dust Deputy. They work great together and that Rigid scroll technology makes
it way quieter than the old small Shop Vac I have. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 83 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 12-04-2013 03:55 PM

Congrats. It looks like a good shop vacuum and your custom made part looks great too. Now I know where all those traffic cones are disappearing to (joke).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 12-04-2013 05:57 PM

Nice job- who’da thunk?? Happy holidays:)

-- Once harm is done, even a fool understands it.

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#8 posted 12-04-2013 07:45 PM

Great idea. But in order to improve performance further, I would suggest moving the hose connected to the side of the cone off center. The point of the dust deputy is to create a vortex of air so that larger particles slow down and drop to the bottom.

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#9 posted 12-04-2013 08:20 PM

Great idea!

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#10 posted 12-04-2013 11:18 PM

The small barrel is a 5 gallons and the only reason I went small is because I did not know if it would work. I want to change over to a 30 gallon barrel now I know it will work.

Stefang the cone is from my work it was coming apart at the top and had to be replaced. So instead of throwing it in the trash I found a better use for it.

Thanks to all for reading and looking. Thanks for the suggestion too I learn something new from all of you guys and girls everyday.

-- Ed Cutler Rock Hill SC- My day to day life goes away when my tools come to life.

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#11 posted 12-05-2013 05:16 PM

Thank you so much for posting this. I have been wondering if a traffic cone would work for years. You’re my new hero.

-- Mike Funke

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#12 posted 12-06-2013 12:54 PM

Nice job and a very nice gesture from your dad.

From the pictures it should work as a vortex anyway as pic 4 shows that the suction is pulling from the side due to the extra attachment you have on the inside of the cone. Not sure if it will be as strong as the dust deputy but you say it’s working and given the cost of the dust deputy I think it’s a fine job.

I’m hopefully going to build myself a thien top hat over the holidays, will need to mention to my dad that my vac could do with more juice :-)

-- Charlie

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#13 posted 12-08-2013 03:35 AM

Thanks Charlie.

It does as a vortex I can tell how the dust is collecting in the barrel. I just picked up a 20 gallon barrel because the 5 gallon fills up to fast when ripping stock. I was looking at the thien set up I just picked this one to build. Make sure you post pictures, and say it works.

You never know you might get a surprise like I did….LOL

-- Ed Cutler Rock Hill SC- My day to day life goes away when my tools come to life.

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