Frankenvac is my solution to dust collection for my tiny shop. Made
from about $35 worth of parts, it combines a chip separator with a tool
selector. More information here:
Interesting idea - did you do anything to help seal the lid to the
rubbermaid container? It seems like the lids to those generally aren't
Glad it's working for you - I'll definitely have to keep that in mind.
That is a good Q. I shopped-around for a container where the top
sealed to the bottom. Some other brands and some Rubbermaid models
actually have tops that provide some level of venting. While you can
probably use some sort of weatherstripping, I suggest you just avoid
those designs altogether and opt for an air-tight design.
Nice job. Looks like the perfect solution for home shop on a budget, I
may upgrade my trash can cyclone using some of your ideas. Too bad I
can't sell it since you have reserved your commercial rights.
Thanks for posting this.
I have looked at your web page and everything is clear except the snorkel.
Could you either give me a more detailed explanation of its construction
and location or some more pictures of it from different aspects?
I would really appreciate it.
Sorry about that. The snorkel is simply a piece of 3/4" plywood that
is the same length and width as the flange of the "universal dust
port." I used a straight router bit to create a slot in it that is
5/8" deep by maybe 2" wide (leaving 1/8" on the face and perhaps 3/4"
of material around the sides and bottom). I left enough material on
each side to pass the machine screws that hold both it and the
universal dust port on the container. The slot is only open on the
top. The bottom and both sides are closed.
If that isn't good enough I can try to make a drawing or something.
The idea is that the snorkel keeps the vac sucking from the very top of
the container. Nothing fancy going on here.
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