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Not much to say except that I needed a place to put my Dust Deputy without sacrificing a bunch of floor space. So I used four 20-1/2" extension tubes for my vacuum, two chunks of tubafor, a free piece of plywood, and four wood screws to make a stand. It won't carry a TON of weight, but I should empty the Dust Deputy often enough that it shouldn't be a problem.

Thanks for looking!

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Nice, good thinking on design: functional & space saving, tubafores and all. ( or is it - tubafors, or tubafours?)
 

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Thanks. I believe it's tubafors, but I'm not an expert on construction-grade leftovers.
 

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Mission accomplished in a Grand Fashion, congratulations on a job well done.
 

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Good to see you going up in the world Dave.
now your not thinking of 2×4s are you?
 

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Creative solution Dave…nothing worse than dragging that stuff around the shop.
 

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I'm pretty sure I'm not, Rob. If I were, they would have a dimension that's two somethings, but they're not two inches or two centimeters in either dimension, so I think they're somehow related to the musical instrument, thus tubafors.

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Thanks, gents. It seemed like a simple enough idea. I'm sure I'll find some fatal flaw eventually, but for now it seems to work well and collect the dust from my bandsaw pretty effectively.
 

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Smart… Great thinking…Thanks for sharing
 

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Great space saving idea,
I,m always thinking of ways to achieve space saving.
Great stuff.
Regards
Anthony
 

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Save room, a cleaner shop = a win, win. Small jobs are the best.
 

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Thanks Joe, Anthony & Dave. And because it's just gravity holding the shelf on the extension tubes, if I need to take it apart for some reason, that'll be pretty easy, too.

One of the tubafors had a knot right where I needed to drill the hole. Not sure if powering through that knot with the expanding bit or finding the darned bit in the shop in the first place was the tougher part of the job. I do know I was glad to have the ten-inch sweep brace instead of just the six that used to be my only one.
 

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Nice, creative and it works. I call that a win.
 

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I've been thinking about doing the same thing for my shop built Thien baffle separator. I saw someone on YouTube do something very similar recently but they just used PVC pipe for the supports. I currently just have bungee cords holding my bucket to the top of my shop vac, though my vac has a flatter top than yours does. BTW, If you don't have your bucket screwed down to the plywood, you might want to use some bungee cords to hold it down. When you are pulling this around your shop by the hose, it is likely to get pulled off and pop open, followed by some swearing.
 

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Thanks, Nathan. It's probably not got to get moved much, so I haven't worried about strapping it down yet. Do have some 2-1/2" blast gates and tubing on order, though. But all the machines are within a couple feet of each other, so currently I just move the hose from bandsaw to sander and back.
 

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I have one of those and handy as they are, they are a bear to keep upright with the hoses hanging off. I like your idea, stack the vac with the cyclone. There are some nice setups made from plywood that carry it all, but I need to go vertical like you.

Betcha you've been saving those tubas just in case you were so inspired 8^)
 

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Yeah, the only problem in stacking them is that the hose included with the cyclone is only long enough to put them side-by-side, so you need to buy (or scrounge) a longer hose.

As for the tubas, yeah, they get used a lot as backers when I'm drilling holes with the bit & brace, so the biggest challenge was finding a couple with no holes in them in the wheelbarrow full of "good stuff." Reminds me, I'm going to need to get that emptied out before spring, since we've got some landscaping projects coming….
 

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I took a second look trying to decypher what the hell this "tubafor" everybody is talking about actually is.
I think I have got it, if its not the timber its maybe its the tubes of which there are four, if thats the case Dave thats a really sick pun/joke almost worse than mine, however text indicates otherwise, so I will have admit after a couple more reads and the attempting to self educated myself via google… a cat named dog? ... a mill? or possibly a musical instrument what gives!

I still do not have any better understanding, in fact I am more confused now.

Tubafor? Tubas, ( or is it - tubafors, or tubafours?)... Apart from a reference to a musical instrument I dont think its even a real word!
I will have to resort to asking you to expain please.
 

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They're 1.5"x3.5" construction lumber, Rob. Sorry. I was making a joke about how they're not 2×4, so that can't possibly be where tubafor came from.
 

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Perhaps you can substitute PVC pipe for your extension tubes if you ever need to use them in the future?
 

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I could, but I figure having the extension tubes sort of fixed in place is a feature. I always know where they are now.
 
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