I put my shopvac into a 24" base kitchen cabinet 3 years ago. Lined all 6
inside surfaces with carpet,left 'flaps' at the front to get access. Also
left a 3" wide slot at the back for pipe access and air exhaust.
Simple,effective , no problems to date. Nice being able to talk when the
things sucking up debris and dust all day long.....
All depends what you use it for, and what the run duty cycle is. In a
typical woodworking shop, then it would be fine. If you're spraying
or sanding with it though, you'll overheat it.
You can certainly put it in "a cabinet" without trouble, just allow
adequate airflow. Best design I've seen was a "box within a box".
The inner box had no sides and was just a framework with a lid and 6"
high side walls at top and bottom. Outside this, about 2" bigger was a
set of four sides that didn't reach quite to ground level or the top
of the lid. All inner faces were covered with sond absorbing foam
(try a boatyard). It was pretty simple to make, yet the vent area was
something like 2" x the perimeter length (that's pretty big) and there
were no paths for noise emerging through the vents without at least
two foam-damped reflections.
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