Affordable Dust Collection for the Home Workshop

Affordable Dust Collection for the Home Workshop


Having a method for dust extraction in the shop is important, but if you have a small shop or work out of your garage it doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. Read more here ►►

RIGID 4 GALLON WET/DRY VAC. Mine is slightly different, purchased at Home Depot. Don’t get anything less than 5 horsepower ►

THE DUST DEPUTY cyclone is much more affordable than my Clear Vue. I’ve used both and there isn’t any real difference in quality.►
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  1. David Pietranczyk on August 31, 2023 at 6:39 pm

    Scrolled through a fair amount of comments and I don’t see this question so I’ll ask.. how would you use this in practice? Do you leave the shop vac running the entire time? Do you turn it and the saw on and off each time you make a cut? Please explain. Thanks.

  2. The Miller Family Experience on August 31, 2023 at 6:39 pm

    Hey Steve!! New subscriber here and considering you weekend project series to do with my kids. I was wondering how much debris ends up in the small vacuum? I love this setup and just hesitant to go with the smaller vac. I know the cyclone claims to separate 99% of the dust but just wanted to verify this with someone who uses a smaller vac. Thanks a lot!!

  3. Woodworks by Grampies on August 31, 2023 at 6:40 pm

    Hola! 🖐I hope you and yours are doing well sir. I have seen many of your videos and I do not know how I had not come across this particular one. I just ordered a cyclone, it should arrive in the next few days and of course I’m doing some "research" on how specifically I’m going to set up. This set up is definitely really, really good. Thanks for sharing your ideas. Take care and have a good one, Adios! 👊

  4. CtrlAltDebug on August 31, 2023 at 6:41 pm

    Why not remove the filter and blow the dust outside?

  5. Trevor Franks on August 31, 2023 at 6:42 pm

    does the cyclone jam up if little corner cutoffs of plywood or something like that get sucked up?

  6. Ian Hodgson on August 31, 2023 at 6:46 pm

    Thanks Steve…

  7. Thomas Sciurba on August 31, 2023 at 6:50 pm

    I built a dust separator out of a 10 gallon metal drum from the car dealership I worked at. It has a thien baffle made from a piece of plywood suspended from threaded rods. The inlet outlet was a couple of pieces of PVC. Put that and my old shop vac on a cart like you did. It is amazingly efficient, the shop vac sees virtually no dust. Probably have $15 or $20 plus some scrap wood invested but it was a major game changer.

  8. Nicolas Treat on August 31, 2023 at 6:52 pm

    Hi Steve, question for you. How do you use this shop vac/cyclone combo to collect dust on a table saw where you have both a 2.5” port and a 1.5” port for the saw blade guard? If you don’t use a blade guard, what would you recommend?

  9. Carl Flemmig on August 31, 2023 at 6:55 pm

    Steve, I have to ask this because saw dust is a big problem for me. I need to do something. All I have is a little old craftsmen 2 and a haft horse power 6 gallon shop vac. Needless to ask it doesn’t do the job. So I’d like to know is that little rigid shop vac working out for you. I’d like to get one with a dust stopper from home Depot. Thanks Carl a 79 year old new bee.

  10. F. Chung on August 31, 2023 at 6:58 pm

    How easy is it to change the filter and the vacuum bag in this set up? It looked pretty tight. Asking as I have the same Rigid model.

  11. Theckno Decker on August 31, 2023 at 6:58 pm

    Thanks for the video, I just built myself such a cart. It works really well.

  12. Trevor Franks on August 31, 2023 at 6:59 pm

    So far I’ve just been using my lungs and nose hair to filter dust. I wouldn’t recommend it.

  13. Kathryn Newton on August 31, 2023 at 7:00 pm

    Love it Steve! Just bought a new shop vac too and already have a Oneida that I’ve not used yet.

  14. Hue Janus on August 31, 2023 at 7:01 pm

    A couple of years ago i had to router about 2000’ of mahogany edging for a job. Figuring my dust collection system, broom and pan, would be overwhelmed, i decided to make a quick, portable router table and do it in the back yard. I waited for a nice breezy day and let her rip, with the wind at my back. When i was done most of my back yard and the surrounding trees look like they were sprayed with purply, red blood. Rain the next day cleaned all that. Best dust collection/disposal system ever.

  15. Celcionice on August 31, 2023 at 7:02 pm

    Does this work with smaller particles of dust?

  16. fausto castaneda on August 31, 2023 at 7:04 pm

    A Great Little Shop Vac

  17. eltham treehugger on August 31, 2023 at 7:04 pm

    Good job, I would have kept the handle to the cyclone to make carrying easier when disposing waste

  18. Michael Cassidy on August 31, 2023 at 7:04 pm

    Wondering if you are still using this set up & if so, how has it worked out for you? Love the compact size and portability! Thank you

  19. Master Toolman on August 31, 2023 at 7:05 pm

    When someone is promoting a product I switch off.

  20. kilx81 on August 31, 2023 at 7:06 pm

    Double bucket
    Large bucket with no filter for the bulk then a second smaller bucket with a more efficient cyclone for the fine particles saving the filter on the vacuum unit much longer without change or cleaning.

    Also build as a tower to save floorspace.

  21. Aetherwave on August 31, 2023 at 7:07 pm

    @Steve Ramsey I also use, in conjunction with a cyclonic separator, an inline fan mounted above my cutting area. I use a piece of black filtration foam for air cleaner units, and then roll it up (twice) into a cone shape and glue the edge with super glue and activator spray. It slips right onto the intake side, does a great job of cleaning the air for extremely cheap, and the inline fans are super efficient – 0.8A at max speed, 120v. I picked up the black foam at Lowes for $5 a piece, made up a few cones, and they are washable and reusable – just spray them off with the garden hose from inside out. I’d tested the airflow reduction using air filters, pads, etc. – but they always created a large reduction in air volume movement. The cone shape is similar to the intake for a turbo, providing 360 degree pickup and increased surface area so it doesn’t reduce airflow at all. Placing the same foam directly on the intake, but laying flat reduces the airflow by nearly 70%. I roll the foam twice to make the filters, giving it better particulate filtration, and it still doesn’t slow it down. I use the Vivosun D4 4" fan, it has 195CFM of airflow and it’s only $30. I run the exhaust side through a flex hose to the other side of the work area, so I get cool air while working and it provides directional air movement for the pickup. I wipe down the blades every couple of months, and swap filters every couple of days. Just an idea 🙂

  22. Mutekisephiroth on August 31, 2023 at 7:09 pm

    What about static? I had a very shocking experience the other day from my dust collection setup similar to the one in this vid

  23. Jarred Church on August 31, 2023 at 7:10 pm

    What is the cyclone you used as a replacement? Your link goes to the original one.

  24. Gary Newton-Browne on August 31, 2023 at 7:12 pm

    Just noticed this is a 5HP machine. Jeez. Try and get one of those today! Nearly £1000! (UK money)

  25. Master Toolman on August 31, 2023 at 7:12 pm

    Looks like a Coffin or is everything big in the USA.

  26. Mark Twain on August 31, 2023 at 7:15 pm

    I always find the most intelligent and logical (not over the top) solutions on your channel. Liked and subscribed!

  27. Jaime Baca on August 31, 2023 at 7:15 pm

    Gotta rock that raiders cap more often! 🙌🙌🙌

  28. Aetherwave on August 31, 2023 at 7:15 pm

    That pair of radio headphones 🤣😂 ah man that brings back memories. You Have great energy Steve, thanks for sharing. Hope you’re well 😊

  29. this is a social experiment on August 31, 2023 at 7:16 pm

    I love that I was able to get my hands on that exact same vacuum model and didn’t have to modify the plans at all. I added a small block with a hole on the outside of the cart walls to secure the first hose and used 3 pieces of scrap plywood to build a small cable square that serves as a reel to store the excess cable. I can’t live without this cart now.

  30. Kevin Duffy on August 31, 2023 at 7:16 pm

    Steve how can the vacuum you suggest be 5hp. The voltage of 110v and current in the specification of 9 Ampere make it just 990W.

  31. ali topan on August 31, 2023 at 7:17 pm

    this ramsey for wood, another ramsey for food

  32. Jared Shoemaker on August 31, 2023 at 7:17 pm

    Absolutely love the old Ford truck. I’ve owned a few of them. Take care, be safe, and have fun regardless.

  33. Gramp’s Outdoor Adventures dale stockman on August 31, 2023 at 7:18 pm

    Thanks Steve, I am quickly realizing that I need to manage the dust in my garage workshop but I am also on a pretty tight budget. It looks like this may be a good first step. Thank you for sharing. I am enjoying your videos.

  34. Ryan Obrador on August 31, 2023 at 7:20 pm

    Give me advice to inspires you,,,from phillipines

  35. Brent Scott on August 31, 2023 at 7:20 pm

    Really late for this one, sorry. I used a 50 gallon plastic drum and an olde shopvac. Took the old inlet and mounted it lower on the side, mounted the motor on top on the opposite side of the intake. Basically a Shop-Vac on steroids. Put the rollers from the original on the bottom of the barrel for, well, rolling it around. Worked well until the motor burnt out. It was a VERY old unit and howled and screamed like a tortured cat right from the beginning. Did get 3 minutes out of it. Will keep my eyes open for a better unit this winter. Really enjoy your channel.

  36. Daniel Feuermann on August 31, 2023 at 7:22 pm

    aren’t todays vacuum cleaner already combined with cyclones? such as Dyson cleaners? would that not eliminate the need for the cyclone addition?

  37. Lane Ferrin on August 31, 2023 at 7:22 pm

    If you are caught in a cyclone, lying low will get you drowned! Cyclones are tornadoes over bodies of water!

  38. Joyce Mercer on August 31, 2023 at 7:23 pm


  39. Kevin Costelloe on August 31, 2023 at 7:24 pm

    For someone with limited shop space, horizontal build is a little self defeating. Don’t you think??

  40. Christopher Dekonstrukt on August 31, 2023 at 7:25 pm

    5 hp is 746W x 5 = 3730W. Most wall outlets are rated at 15A so 120V x 15A = 1800W. Wouldn’t that trip the breaker? How do they rate these things, anyway? I bought that same vacuum and a Dust Deputy and now have to upgrade to dedicated outlets in the garage and back bedroom which I use as my shops.

  41. David Baldwin on August 31, 2023 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks Steve, your design/plans were just what I was looking for. I got the 4 gallon Ridgid vac and built your exit set up from your plans and used a Home Depot "Duststopper" for the top of the 5 gallon bucket instead of the taller cyclone. Your plans were perfect and the project turned out great. thank you so much

  42. tzenophile on August 31, 2023 at 7:30 pm

    So why not just have a fan and a hole in the wall?

  43. M B on August 31, 2023 at 7:32 pm

    Where can I buy a very flexible hose for vacuum dust collectors. 1.5” to 2” size is ok.

  44. Artjoms Pugacovs on August 31, 2023 at 7:32 pm

    I need dust collector. Would hard fan with filters work? My laptop mining rig clogs up few times a year.

  45. Contessa Adella on August 31, 2023 at 7:33 pm

    Look at that cart construction. 3/4” baltic birch ply throughout….again! In America, DiY suppliers must give 8’x4’ sheets of that stuff away as scrap, because all woodworking channels use it as the go to for everything from a pencil case and up. In UK a full sheet of 3/4” construction ply, not even your baltic birch, retails around 70 USD, and quality ply a hundred bucks. I’m envious,!!!

  46. Mark K on August 31, 2023 at 7:35 pm

    Another excellent video, thank you.

  47. Karen N on August 31, 2023 at 7:35 pm

    Provided/confirmed my email to get the plans, but instead- got no plans- but a link to a paid class and the wrong plans.

  48. Tony L on August 31, 2023 at 7:36 pm

    Hello Steve… nice and helpful videos. In relation to wood dust collection… what do you do with the wood dust collection? Do you dump it in the garbage can? Do you recycle? Thanks!

  49. Nelson Hickman on August 31, 2023 at 7:36 pm

    6:05 Just a heads up for those watching in 2023. The casters on the current version of the cyclone separator in the video have bolts that are only 3/4" long, so you need to use 1/2" plywood for the bottom, or use other casters

  50. Thomas Bridges on August 31, 2023 at 7:37 pm

    I like it Think it will do the job just fine. I’m next

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