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How to make an easy and versatile dust collector

If you like to build a lot of stuff just like we do your workshop must be filled with dust from the various machines and tools that you use. We understand how frustrating this can be. Not everyone has the patience to sit and clean up their whole workshop just after they’ve made a DIY project. If you relate to this problem, we’ve got a solution for you. Today we’re going to show you how to make a dust collector which works with just the click of a button. Read more to find out how it is made.

 

Products needed for this DIY project:

1.      Dust deputy cyclone

2. 5-gallon bucket

3.      Hose

4.      T-pipe

5.      Blast gate

6.      Hose clamps

7.      Bolts, screws and nuts

8.      Switch

9.      Wires

10.   Drill

11.   Woodcutter

 

Let’s get started with our DIY project!

 

Step 1:

First, you need to take the lid of the bucket and attach it to the dust deputy cyclone. For this, you need to mark the location of the holes at the base of the dust deputy cyclone on the lid of the bucket. Once that’s done you need to use a drill to make the holes. You also need to make a hole in the center of all these other holes. Then, with the help of some bolts and washers, connect the duty deputy cyclone and the bucket. Make sure that the screws are secure and not left loose.

Step 2:

Then, take some insulation tape and wrap it around the input of the cyclone to make it big enough for the coupling to fit on it. After that is done, connect the hose to the coupling. Repeat these steps for the input at the top of the duty deputy cyclone too.

Step 3:

If you have multiple machines in different locations in your workshops, this step will be very useful as we will now be making a connector. Take a T-pipe and connect a hose to one of its holes. Connect the second and third hole of the T-pipe to the two hoses coming out of the duty deputy cyclone. With the help of a bracket, screw in the T- pipe onto the wall in a convenient location. You can use as many T-pipes as you have machines; just use a hose to connect two T-pipes.

Step 4:

Every tool is going to have a blast gate in front of it so that it can manually be opened and closed when dust needs to be collected from a particular machine. We will be using a similar method used in the previous step for this. Connect the blast gate to a hose and connect the whole contraption to the wall using a bracket and some screws. One thing you must keep in mind is that you don’t have to fit the brackets of the blast gates as close to the wall as you did with the T-pipes.

Step 5:

For the dust that would have fallen on the floor, you could also make a small sweep with some wood. Simply screw together three pieces of wood in a triangular manner with one open end. Make sure that the top of this structure has a hole in it that will be connected to a blast gate which will, in turn, be connected to a hose similar to the previous step. Simply bring the dust close to this sweep and your dust collector machine will suck it right in.

Step 6:

We now need to make a switch to turn our dust collection system on and off. We will first be making a remote receptacle that will be connected to a switch and a plug point located centrally in the workshop. For connecting the wires of the receptacle, simply connect the white wires to the silver screws, the black wires to the gold screws, and then finally connect the ground wires to the green screw. A similar process needs to be followed to make the necessary connection to the switch. Now all that is left to do is to mount all these parts to a convenient location in your workshop. Plug it in and watch the magic happen!

Your easy and versatile dust collector is now complete! Now you never have to worry about cleaning up after spending hours building a great project! With just the click of a button, this dust collector will pick up all the dust from your workspace and collect it in a bucket so that it’s easy to dispose of. Enjoy your latest creation!

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