Stack­able dust sep­a­ra­tor saves floor space

WOOD - - SHOP TIPS - —Ed Piché, Troy, Mich.

By con­nect­ing a dust sep­a­ra­tor to my shop vac­uum, the vac’s fil­ter stays cleaner be­cause dust set­tles out in the sep­a­ra­tor be­fore it reaches the vac­uum. Also, the sep­a­ra­tor holds more dust and emp­ties eas­ier.

The setup shown here—made from 3∕4" ply­wood and 2×4 scraps—works with many Crafts­man and Ridgid vacs that have out­board caster hous­ings with cir­cu­lar grooves for hold­ing 21∕4" noz­zles and wands. The sep­a­ra­tor plat­form rests on legs se­cured in the caster hous­ings with short pieces of 2" PVC pipe cou­plers. Tenons cut on the ends of the 2×4s, us­ing a 21∕2" hole­saw, fit into the cou­plers—af­ter a bit of rasp work. I off­set the tenons by plac­ing the hole­saw’s pilot bit just in­side the edge of the 2×4 and used a hand­saw to cut the tenon shoul­ders. The off­set tenons move the legs away from the vac­uum tank.

The caster hous­ings pre­vi­ously pro­vided stor­age for vac ac­ces­sories, so I glued blocks mea­sur­ing 21∕4" di­ag­o­nally to the sep­a­ra­tor plat­form for the vac ac­ces­sories—now they’re eas­ier to reach! My Dust Right sep­a­ra­tor (rock­ler.com) has five cast­ers, so I drilled five holes in the plat­form to ac­cept them. Gus­sets cut at an an­gle hold the ta­pered sep­a­ra­tor tank in place. The wands rest on Z-clips screwed to one leg, and are se­cured by a bungee cord held in place with a ca­ble loop screwed to the back of the leg.

Ca­ble loop ¼" 2" PVC pipe cou­pler 2¼" Z-clip for hold­ing ex­ten­sions Dust sep­a­ra­tor Gus­set

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