Build this Sawdust Collection System

This is the TKW's last word on dust collection.

What you're about to see here will amaze you perhaps even stupefy you or maybe even leave you dumbfounded. Indeed, My Spiffy ShopVac ™ is something you lonely dust collection souls have been searching for. You don't need any fancy tools, extensive piping or sections of flexible hoses sticking out from everywhere like Medusa. In fact, for about $6.78 you can make my DC system and live happily ever after.

If you run into a situation where the barrel collapses from the vacuum pressure then the wall is too thin. You can combat this occurrence by adding wood strips to the outside of the barrel, screwing them from inside the barrel into the strips on the outside.

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  1. Will Andy from Yorkshire, England please email me…

  2. +Scott Varenaย You can find them at food places such as bakeries, delis and industrial plants.

  3. +Joe Johns
    I tried calling food places such as bakeries delis. They didn’t know what I was talking about. One gal called me crazy and another person just hung up on me. Couldn’t find any “industrial plants”ย (whatever that means) in my neck o’ the woods. Perhaps you could be more specific. EXACTLY where did you buy your cardboard bin?

  4. +Learner-Learns That’s just it…I didn’t buy mine, I get them free from places like I mentioned. You can buy them online… is one –

  5. +Learner-Learns Try 55 gal drums made from plastic or metal, they are posted on sale in most want ad classified sections..a large metal or plastic Garbage Can can be used also, modification of ideas creates more ideas

  6. Thanks!

  7. ‘well explained
    I’ve got all the stuff necessary and as I was using my wood lathe yesterday it is still bright in my mind I need something like this
    thanks for posting this

  8. A tinkerer that drink’s Hamm’s beer could only build a dust collector like this!

  9. Wow, Joe! You just saved me a pile of money. Going to hit Craigslist in the morning and find me a drum. Thank you for posting this.

  10. well made video, I’ve watched a bunch of these, seems yours is less efficient !

  11. looks great simple , cost effective – good job …Thanks

  12. Excellent video. Thanks. I would rather see you drinking a different brand of beer though. Maybe Miller Lite? I am going to try to build one of these. I have limited space though so I will make mine a bit smaller.

  13. I made a dust collector just like this but used a 5 gallon bucket and it works very well and only took me 20 minutes to build using stuff I had in my garage. I like this design it’s not overly complicated and super easy to make and it works very well!

  14. you are out of camera all time

  15. very good construction on dust drum gives me the assurance I gan do that ,thank you!๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ‘ป

  16. I liked it.
    It looks like a very effective system. It should be able to pick up small pieces of wood, without them jamming in the inlet, as it would in the vac itself.
    I think I would like to try and fit the inlet pipe to the lid, so that I could line the barrel with a garbage bag, to make emptying a bit less unpleasant.
    [In theory, it should be possible to pass the wood block over the table saw at an angle, and cut the semi-circular groove for the pipe, in one pass, though I’ve not done it myself, yet.]
    Thanks for posting.

  17. Great video. But, you had me at the sight of the Hamms beer can. My grandfather’s only choice for beer. I have a metal can at home the same dimensions as the one you use here(the cardboard can, that is), so now I have a good project to use that one with. Thanks for taking your time to make this video and share your knowledge. Mike

  18. Thanks Joe thanks for the great idea as I have probably watched 30 videos on this and you my friend are the only one with the measurements and angles so there is no doubt in my mind that you are the man who designed this system. It’s time to put together a material list and get er done as this will extend the life of my shop vacs by several years ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Well, hey Ron! I’m happy to be of service to you and anyone in this regard. Have fun building it and certainly take time to report back on how it works for ya.

  20. Hey JJ, I just made one using a Rough neck plastic trash can. I had to reinforce the lid and sides . It works just like you said. I don’t care what the other guys say about you I think you’re great..Love the Hamms bear one of my favorites!๐Ÿ‘

  21. I have the same style collector with a 30 gallon metal trash can..It’s works exactly the same. I was shocked at how efficient it was and how little reached the shop vac…. Shop vacs are very inefficient at what they can hold because of the filter displacement…Even with a 20 gallon shop vac once the dust gets to within 3 inches of the filter it clogs up very rapidly and in reality can only hold at best about 5 gallons of dust before the suction falls off….I really needed this for my planer in a big way…By the way,,as an adder,,pantyhose,,cut the legs off and slip them over the vac filter,,helps a lot.

  22. This is great!!! Thanks Joe. I subbed on this vid alone. I’ll check out any others and get back to you. WOW.

  23. No matter how hard you try you can’t beat a cyclone with a tapered cone. For Shop vacs they are as low as $10.00 Ebay , AliExpress or Banggood has them . Suning brand and they work better then the Oneida DD which sells for $50.00 Oneida sells a larger cyclone the Super DD, about $180. That fits the 2HP Harbor Freight DC and both have 5″ fittings.

  24. Joe: Will the shape of this drum work?
    EAGLE 1601MB 30 Gallon Blue Lab Pack w/Metal Lever-Lock Ring found at

  25. Hey Larry, I went to that site and seen the drum. From what I could see (not knowing the measurement of the fat part down from the top) it looks like it would work but I would put the inlet pipe below the fat part of the drum. In my mind the ridge of the fat part would cause turbulence in the air flow.

  26. Great Job Joe! if I ever need one, I’ll build yours!

  27. detailed specifically very well explained, good job man thanks.

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