My kids gave me a new tool for father’s day that I hadn’t had the time to set up yet. It is a Dust Deputy. I had been looking for something that would help me to avoid cleaning out my shop-vac so often.
I didn’t get the full kit, just the cyclone piece, so I picked up a bucket, lid, and extra 2″ hose. The lid is rather flimsy so I will have to reinforce it. I don’t have a compass that is big enough so I grabbed a pair of dividers to determine the diameter of the inside of the lid.
I transferred the dimension over to a piece of half inch plywood.
With the circle drawn, I took it to the bandsaw to cut out.
The new support plate fit perfectly.
I cut out the center hole in the lid with a utility knife. I don’t have a hole saw large enough to drill out the center hole in the plywood so I traced the hole location from the lid and drilled out most of the hole with a 1″ forstner bit.
I smoothed out the opening with my large cabinet rasp. Next I centered the Dust Deputy on the lid and marked the mounting hole pattern with my dividers since they were handy.
With the lid centered over the plywood, I drilled the clearance holes for the bolts. When those were done, I flipped the plywood over and counterbored the back about an eighth inch deep. This was necessary because the bolts I have are a little short.
I ran some wood screws with washers through the outer perimeter of the lid to secure the plastic lid to the plywood better.
With the lid assembly complete, I put everything together and cleaned up my mess to test it out. It seems to tip over easily, so I will have to either weight down the base or strap the bucket to the shop-vac. Once I got the bucket to stay upright, I vacuumed up all the dust I could reach. As you can see from the last picture, it worked great. Hardly any particles made it past the bucket and into the vac or my filter.