Introduction: DIY Cyclone Dust Collector

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What i like about cyclone collector system is that you never lose suction, and 97% of dust/debris goes in the bucket so you don't have to clean the shopvac filter every time you empty the bucket. I designed mine with 2 clamps so it's fast and easy to empty the bucket. Also, i added a led light system so you can easily see when the bucket is full. I designed my cart vertically, it take less space in my small woodshop.

I tried to build this dust collector with materials i had on hand at the lowest possible cost. I had to buy the plastic cyclone dust collector, and with my low budget i opted for the china version. You can choose the original Oneida here : or the china knockoff on Ebay/Ali ( I do not want to start the debate between the original version and the knockoff version, you choose the one you prefer. ? ).


Picture of MATERIALS :
  • - Plywood 5/8 ( i used leftovers )
  • - Cyclone dust collector
  • - 5 Gallon bucket ( 18.92L )
  • - Piano hinge ( Hardware store )
  • - 2 small toggle clamp ( Ebay or Ali )
  • - 4 casters ( i choosed 2 fixed and 2 swivels )
  • - Spray paint ( black and chrome spraypaint leftovers )

Central Vacuum System ( Hardware Store for theses parts ) :

  • - 2" vacuum pipe
  • - 2" 90° Sweep Elbow (2x)
  • - 2" 90° Short Elbow (1x)
  • - 2" pipe clamp (3x)
  • - 2" Coupling
  • - Joint Cement
  • - 2" rubber coupling with clamps

Step 2: Sketch Up Model

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I've made a "sketch up" model of my project. I'm a beginner with "sketchup" and i forgot to "group" my pieces but still you can explore and see all dimensions in 3d.


Picture of LET'S BUILD IT

Start by assembling all the wood parts. Before installing the middle shelf, i put the foam tube around the bucket, because when the toggle clamps will be in use, you will need to have a tight seal between the 5gal bucket and the top shelf for the system to work.

Step 4: Adding the Cyclone Adapter

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Now you will need to make the hole for the cyclonic adapter. You can use an hole-saw or your jigsaw, no need to be perfect here the hole won't be visible.

Step 5: Assembling Vacuum Pipes

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Now let's assemble and glue the pipes. Im using central vacuum pipes because of the low price. You can find theses part at your local hardware store.

Step 6: Let's Add Some Colors

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I had some spray paint leftovers so i decided to add some colors to my dust collector.

Step 7: Install All Parts

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Now let's screw the cyclonic adapter in place, add the toggle clamps and the casters.

Step 8: LED Light System

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I'm adding a LED light system so it will be easy to see when the bucket is full of sawdust. These are automotive lights ,they are waterproof so dustproof.

Step 9: LED System Test

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Step 10: Final Result.

Yay!! After so many hours, my cyclone dust collector cart is done! Im so happy with the result, and it works!!! You can see it in action here : DUST COLLECTOR IN ACTION. Dust collectors are so useful for workshops, also you save time because almost all the debris goes in the bucket, so you don't have to empty your shopvac so often.

The good thing is you never lose suction power, because your filter stay clean. The way i builded mine make emptying the bucket so easy. With the led system, you know exactly when you need to empty it.

Thanks for reading my instructable. If you like my project please give a like and share with your friend. Thanks for all your support it's always very appreciated.

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7575ben (author)2017-11-06

Great design and Instructable. I built one and am having a small problem. Mine will sometimes pull sawdust all the way from the bucket down into the shop vac used for suction. Not 100% of the time just once in a while. Any ideas where I missed something? Thanks

galerdude (author)2017-11-01

This is perfect! Thanks for sharing!!!

dpatzer made it! (author)2017-10-04

This is a great design, SEB thank you. I built this with only minor modifications to meet my needs. I used an LED flashlight on an inset lens in the top as I am always looking for a flashlight in the shop. Thanks again.

DonS89 (author)2017-08-04

Great instructable! Can you please provide a source for the LED lights?

DonS89 (author)DonS892017-08-13

I found it! Those look to be 12 volt "rock lights" for off-roaders to put under vehicles to light the way. Only a little over $1 each.

DavidB302 (author)2017-08-02

Clever & simple design, nice use of tools, nice video!

It's exactly what I've been wanting to make for my shop (but didn't know it) - thanks!

jimwi made it! (author)2017-07-29

Nice job and very innovative .

I made one with a small traffic cone 20lt bucket and hot glue gun.

Works great. I had a small problem with the bucket collapsing under vacuum .

I fixed it by lining the inside with a sheet of tin to make a false wall.

Thanks for shearing. JIM

decultured (author)jimwi2017-08-01

That is so incredibly creative, I love it!

Treknology (author)2017-08-01

Love it! I have a Rainbow vacuum cleaner which uses a water trap instead of a filter. When one goes on a massive cleaning rampage, this can turn into mud. I've been thinking about something similar for a while. Now you've inspired me to build it.

Verga (author)2017-07-31

Genius. Great video and instructable. Very straight forward and simple design and constrution. I loved the use of the pipe insulation for the seal.

VancoD (author)2017-07-31

I built mine using one of these as the base:

They routinely go on sale for $7.50 - and you literally can't buy the wood and the wheels for that much.

AA040371 (author)2017-07-30

I like it! I see the cord coming from the back to the extension cord which presumably powers the vacuum, but how is the power connected to the LEDs?

valveman (author)2017-07-30

Nice and compact. Plus portable. What more do you need. Great build.

pierrot207 (author)2017-07-30


Great job, and really smart idea to include a LED system ! One question : can you feel a difference of suction (or airflow) between your shop vac alone and shop vac + cyclone system ???



next_project (author)2017-07-28

very cool, i like the led light especially! Great job.

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