Downloadable Woodworking Project Plan to Build Cyclone Dust Collector
In designing and outfitting WOOD Magazine's Idea Shop with a cyclone dust collector, we had several objectives in mind. We wanted a space-efficient unit with minimal noise, dust-free construction, and convenience of use.To meet those objectives we designed a unit using a 760 CFM, 1...
In designing and outfitting WOOD Magazine's Idea Shop with a cyclone dust collector, we had several objectives in mind. We wanted a space-efficient unit with minimal noise, dust-free construction, and convenience of use.
- To meet those objectives we designed a unit using a 760 CFM, 1 1/2in. horsepower, 62-82 decibel dust collector.
- This size blower is more than adequate for a small shop.
We built the entire wood framework from one 4x8 sheet of 3/4in. birch plywood. In addition the project requires:
- One piece of 20x57-1/2in. 30-gauge sheet metal for the cylinder
- Another measuring 20x57-1/2in. for the 3 cone segments
- A third measuring 15-1/2x19in. for the inlet.
- We used a cartridge-type air-filter (rated 99.9% efficient) to minimize dust emission.
- The total cost of our unit was right around $375 (including the blower) to build.
- Add another $64 for the remote switch.
The dust collector we built is for a collector with a 760 CFM, 1.5 horsepower blower.
- In the plan, we've included general information, but NOT the drawings or dimensions for using different blower sizes (1-3 H.P.), allowing you a CFM range from 350 to 1200.
- This plan was built and proven in the WOOD magazine shop by its editors and master craftsmen.
This is a downloadable plan. Instructions given to download after checkout.
Great Plans…However Pricing Needs to be updated
The plans are great. They are thorough and well illustrated, they even include some updates/add-ons from readers who have built the system over the years…Great Job WOOD Magazine. HOWEVER, it does not cost $375 to construct this unit. In 2022 prices I came up with around $750-$800. The blower alone from Penn State Industries is $360 (+$20 shipping). Granted I have not purchased everything nor have I built this unit. I only purchased the plans and did a cost analysis prior to deciding whether or not this was a worth while option vice purchasing an off the shelf unit. Some cost savings may be realized if you use materials you have on hand or can acquire things cheaper than I could at the local Home Depot and Lowes.
Cyclone dust collector
Although I had problems re: download, the plans for the collector finally came through with the great help from Woodcraft's help center. The lady who manned the phone was very, very helpful. I am more than satisfied with the downloaded plan.
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