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Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #104: The Ultimate Space-Saving Dust Cyclone Separator Cart

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Blog entry by technoslick posted 07-18-2019 01:28 AM 835 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The Dungeon Workshop continues to be a war zone, but progress is being had, albeit s-l-o-w-l-y. This evening I finished one of two identical dust control builds, based on this YouTube video:

The Ultimate Space-Saving Dust Cyclone Separator Cart | Dustopper & Ridgid Vac Cart
https://youtu.be/WyBuRjO54NM

I liked the space-saving design of John’s design. Floor space is at a premium and I need a portable system, one at each end of the workshop. This is what the first unit looks like:

John’s dimensions were incomplete. To find center for the hole, I drew a diagonal line from corner to corner. At the center point, I drew an 11-1/8” circle with a compass. This was the diameter needed to made sure my bucket fit snugly in the hole. I measured 3” from each corner along each size, then took a square at that point and extended 3” into the plywood. Where adjacent sides intersected is where the holes were drilled for the bolt caps—this was done before the corners were rounded. If measured correctly, the holes should be 24” from each other, which is the same distance between the centers of the casters.

The PVC caps from my local Big Box were highly domed, so I went with oversized (3/8” x 1-1/2”) bolts to secure them to the underside of the plywood top.

Once assembled, I rolled it around on the Dungeon’s uneven floor to check for stability. Quite stable, I was happy to see. However, when I tugged on the separator inlet hose to move the unit forward the back of the bucket would lift out of the plywood holder. Adding a slide bolt took care of this, but I think I will add a pair of handles to the plywood on this unit and probably make cut out hand holds in the second unit.

I’ll start on the second unit tomorrow: the same Rigid model vacuum and HomeDepot DustStopper separator. I will add another post if I do make any changes in the build.



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#1 posted 07-18-2019 02:36 AM

I like it! I like it!!
Let the hose hang down and be tied to a leg by the Ridgid sign and it won’t be top heavy and tip over.

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#2 posted 07-18-2019 03:08 AM


I like it! I like it!!
Let the hose hang down and be tied to a leg by the Ridgid sign and it won t be top heavy and tip over.

- htl

I may have not explained well. I wasn’t referring to the hose you see in the picture, which is between the separator outlet and vacuum inlet. The separator inlet hose runs from the separator to the machinery or suction tool at the end of the hose. It’s missing in the picture. The cart is quite stable on its wheels. It never once tried to tip over. By the way, the hose you see in the picture is provided with the separator, and it’s a stretch to make the connection between the two elbows. If the hose separates from one of the elbows in use, I’ll have to cut an inch or two off from the leg poles to shorten the distance. I plan on doing this in the second build.

Thanks for commenting!

Of course, one shouldn’t be tugging on the inlet hose to move it the cart around the shop, right? ;)

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#3 posted 07-18-2019 01:06 PM

Excellent !!!!

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#4 posted 07-18-2019 01:33 PM



Excellent !!!!

- Redoak49

Thanks!

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#5 posted 07-18-2019 01:57 PM

I made one based on John’s plans, too, but I like yours better.

The Duststopper is perfect for this application, the Dust Deputy not so much. And my old vacuum is pretty tall, too, making for a much higher cart even though the footprint is about the same. It isn’t too tippy, though. I also added holes to hold the attachments.

(Ignore the messy garage, we’re in the middle of landscaping and I’m trying to work in there with all our yard stuff crammed in there, too.)

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#6 posted 07-18-2019 02:54 PM



I made one based on John s plans, too, but I like yours better.

Thanks!


The Duststopper is perfect for this application, the Dust Deputy not so much.

I agree. I have a DustDeputy attached to a 2.5 gal. Lowe’s bucket. Tipsy on the floor—always finding it on its side when I look back in use. Shortly after I got it, it accidentally rolled off the workbench while working to attach it—broke at the top seams. It’s a fragile plastic, to be sure.


And my old vacuum is pretty tall, too, making for a much higher cart even though the footprint is about the same. It isn t too tippy, though. I also added holes to hold the attachments.


I like the squat profile of the Rigid vac. Pretty hard to tip over even under abuse.

Yes, the DustDeputy does add unwanted height, but you made it work well in your setup. I found it interesting the way you ran the vac out/DD inlet hose through the plywood top. It’s unfortunate this won’t work with the fat Rigid vac.

I decided against holes for attachments. I may come to regret this later on. I can make caddies for the left and right sides if I decide I want them on the cart.


(Ignore the messy garage, we re in the middle of landscaping and I m trying to work in there with all our yard stuff crammed in there, too.)

- SoCalBonnie

Heh. No complaints from me. I can barely get around the Dungeon as it is now, and I have very little benchtop space to work on. Cleaning and rearranging is like playing with a sliding piece puzzle. :/

Thanks for comments and posting yours!

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#7 posted 07-18-2019 05:30 PM

Clever use of the pvc and fittings fro the legs Paul.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#8 posted 07-18-2019 07:04 PM



Clever use of the pvc and fittings fro the legs Paul.

- luv2learn

Most definitely, Lee. The minimalist appearance and footprint caught my eye the first time I watched the video, and I knew I had to a couple for the workshop. I’ve already used the first unit shown here and it works well enough. The second one will be done shortly.

I hope you have been keeping busy. Playing, of course. :)

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#9 posted 07-28-2019 04:15 PM

An FYI: I found it necessary to secure the PVC to the vac’s black plastic caster base. The PVC ends would pop out at on slightest lift off the plywood top. Two undersized opposing holes were drilled and sheet metal screws inserted through the caster base and into the PVC. Worked well.

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