15 Comments

  1. LorrieJ
    October 28, 2016 @ 8:59 pm

    First- Thank you! I hate lugging around my huge shop vac! For several years I have cut up old pantyhose and wrapped them around the filter. This cuts down on how often I have to change the filter and I never lose suction.

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  2. JeffC
    October 31, 2016 @ 10:49 am

    Nice post! I’m going to do a similar setup with my shop vac. I do have a suggestion to get around your cleat system for holding in the bucket…how about bolting down a second 5 gallon bucket to the base to hold the cyclone bucket? It should make emptying out both the cyclone and shop vac less a chore.

  3. The secret Memo
    October 31, 2016 @ 2:57 pm

    As another memo with a small garage/shop, I have also done a couple of things for dust. First I purchased the same small shop vac like yours but it is exclusively for the work bench so I always have one there. And I, too, have the cyclone type add on for my other shop vac for the purpose of keeping the filter cleaner longer. I highly recommend getting one of these as they are a great bang for the buck. Another thing I found is if you remove the rubber squeegee part from the wet/dry attachment it picks up a much wider path of dust so you get done sooner. Not useful for larger pieces but effective none the less. The big thing I did, though, was to paint the shop floor with that grey cement floor paint with the black and white flakes in it. This did 2 major things. First, it’s grey and saw dust is brown so you can see where you need to sweep. But the part I like most is all the guys that come over and WOW at my painted floor and tell me how cool I am.

  4. Phillip Williams
    November 1, 2016 @ 1:04 pm

    I “plumbed” my shop with overhead 3″ PVC pipe using several home made blast gates and 3″ flexible hose running to each of the major tools. I rigged two old shop vacs together in parallel to apply vacuum to the Dust Deputy mounted on a 5 gal bucket. Works great and was cheap to do. The shop has never been cleaner!

    • Parley D Kennelly
      February 13, 2018 @ 1:23 pm

      double the suction. great idea.

  5. Joshus
    November 3, 2016 @ 4:39 pm

    First off great design. I will need to modify because I have a bigger vac but the concept will remain the same. Second, I have been wanting to make my own designs on the computer, along with a program that tells me how much material I will need. Do you have any recommendations?

  6. Andrew
    November 6, 2016 @ 6:33 am

    Why not add a pram handle, helps maneuverability and gives somewhere to hang hoses, fittings and powercord

  7. Jeffery Grimsley
    December 12, 2016 @ 1:11 pm

    Just an idea for an upgrade. The upper cross brace, that has to be removed to change the filter, a slot could be cut out of one side of the box an put the other side of the cross brace on a hinge so it can be raised and lowered instead of complete removal. You will probably need a slightly longer cross brace for this.

  8. KeithD
    January 13, 2017 @ 6:11 am

    I found a 10 gallon “bucket” To put my Dust Deputy on. I have it on a small 3 wheeled garden cart.

  9. Steve Earp
    January 26, 2017 @ 10:14 pm

    Wow! How ironic. I was just looking at the similar Shop-Vac vacuums at Lowe’s and was thinking those would make great vacuums for a Dust Deputy. And here you have done the same thing. Glad it worked. Less risk for me. I think I will build mine vertically, as another vlogger, Jay Bates, has done

  10. Bob Stricker
    February 2, 2017 @ 3:15 pm

    Great idea. Can it handle the volume of sawdust/chips that my Jointer and Planer produce?

    • Owen Russell
      February 2, 2017 @ 3:29 pm

      My 12 gallon shop vac and my homemade chip separator work extremely well hooked up to my router table, pretty well with my table saw and miter saw but it’s no match for the larger chunks of wood thrown off by my joiner/planer. The good part is those larger chunks hit the ground pretty fast and don’t travel far.

  11. Owen Russell
    February 2, 2017 @ 3:17 pm

    Being retired and a cheapskate I made my own cyclone chip separator out of two 5 gallon buckets, a square piece of 1/2 ” plywood for a baffle and some plumbing fittings. I’ve dumped many gallons of saw dust out of the lower bucket and the inside of my 12 gallon shop vac is dust free. My set-up is stationary but I do like the idea of mounting the two units on a cart and making them mobile.

  12. jack Anderson
    May 13, 2018 @ 9:57 am

    i use a leaf blower for mine i started out with an electric one and than got a gas