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Remember Dr. Frankenstein when he had the mad look on his face and screamed, it's alive! Well, when I hit the switch and started sucking up dust I'm sure I had the same look on my face and was screaming it works! I found that Electrolux vac. in a flea market and it was marked 3 bucks. I asked them if I could plug it in to see if it worked or not. It did and had pretty darn good suction and the bag was half full. I tripped off to WM and got some new bags and pretty much forgot about it. Well one day sitting around in the shop I noticed that old water jug that has been there for ever, never Know when something like that will come in handy. Anyway I started studying on it and even did a test fit of the hose stuck into the opening. To my surprise the hose went in and was a nice tight fit, almost collapsed the jug when I fired up the vac, so the wheels in my head really started turning. The barrel I picked up from the local used barrel dealer for 5 bucks and a couple of fittings from Lowe's and I was off to the shop to see if it would all come together and work. It does a real good job with all but, the really fine dust, it's makes a few hot laps around the jug and then off to the filter bag. All in all I'd call it a success! The old Electrolux does a lot better than I had hoped for. I did hook up the Shop Vac just to see and man-o-man did the dust really make hot laps around inside the jug! I've already started thinking about a rebuild on it but really hate to, it works so good! I did add a couple of 45 degree elbows to direct the dust downward but, it's not as much fun to watch now!

All in all I've got about $13 in it with all the scraps I had around.

Thanks for taking a look at it!

The Monster Lives!!!

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this is quite interesting, thanks for sharing.
 

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Love to see people take advantage of what they have. Great bunch of thoughts that came together. My congratulations. It is fun to attempt off the wall stuff and then have it work.
 

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Hey.. if it works.. it works. Cool looking contraption. :)
 

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"Doctor you are a brilliant" Nice job
 

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Great idea and use of parts.
 

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Thanks guys!

I am planning to build a cart to make it all more mobile. Trouble is I don't have enough scraps around to build it and the cart will end up costing more then the monster.
 

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I love it!
It's good to see other people re-purposing assorted junk to make useful stuff. It has long been a favourite passtime of mine.
Just for fun, have a look at the DC I just put together. It should make you smile like yours did for me.
http://lumberjocks.com/shipwright/blog/76186
 

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Nice way to make a cyclone.
I saw one of those jugs the other day and should have picked it up.
I build a wood cyclone and it works great but it would be so much more fun if I could see it getting the job done.
 

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It's pronounced 'Fronkensteen'

Seriously, though. Love seeing when people make useful stuff out of things they were never meant for
 

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Great work re-purposing things! Very creative.
Added to my favorites!
 

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What a brilliant idea - water bottle! Never crossed my mind. Like it was made for this purpose!
 

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Again, Thank you all for the great comments and kind words !!

It was fun putting it all together! I just love taking stuff I have laying around, adding a few new things that I can pick up on the cheap and turning it into something useful. And hopefully light the fire in someone else to come up with their own version. This one was inspired by other LJ's version of a cyclone on the cheap. I've seen some made out of traffic cones and one made from a cardboard concrete form and htl's version made of wood, which I might add was total craftsmanship on his part! I don't think I could have build it the way he did. And then there is Paul's dust control Monster, Paul I wish I had the space for a system that large! Great job! All in all it was just a fun learning project!!

My wife "The Crazy Cat Lady" asked me today why I was so excited about making it into the daily top three and I had to think about the answer a little while. Well, what I came up with was, it's having others look at and approve of what you have done. I told her that this site makes me think of the old time General Store where all the men folk would gather around the cracker barrel and cuss and discuss what was going on and what they were working on.

Really this has no deep craftsmanship to it and really doesn't belong in the daily top three. There are much better projects then this, heck there's not even that much wood in it. I only posted it as a project so maybe someone else would be inspired to build one from junk they have on hand!

Anyway thanks again!
 

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Well Rod, congrats on the top three.
..... I thought my wife was "The Crazy Cat Lady".

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Really this has no deep craftsmanship to it and really doesn t belong in the daily top three. There are much better projects then this, heck there s not even that much wood in it. I only posted it as a project so maybe someone else would be inspired to build one from junk they have on hand!

- OldGuysRule
The fact that is ended up in the Top 3 is proof that it belong there. That happened because what you did interested enough people that they wanted to look at it. We are all glad you shared it and it definitely makes us think out of box more. Personally, I oogle more over things like this than seeing it's $10k counterpart. Seeing people get creative with "junk" just proves it doesn't take moeny to do this hobby - just problem solving skills
 

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From another "old guy" --you wouldn`t be related to Guy Martin of TT fame by any chance???
Your ways of thinking remind me of his positive and excited approach to everything he does.
RB
 

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No relation, that I know of anyway. Although I guess we are all related! The family of man!!

That's just the old hippie in me coming out.
 

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I have the same type water jug that I use to put all my loose change, but no longer use. I've been wanting to build a dust collector for some time. Now I know what to do with the water jug.
 

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Mike I'm glad I was able to give you an idea of what to use that jug for.

Go for it!
 

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Cool idea, How it working for you?
 
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