Double-Duty Dust Collector
This homemade box catches dust and provides power.
Carpentry is a dusty business. To make matters worse, many projects are done in occupied homes. So whether we carpenters set up in a client’s garage or on the front porch, or we create a “clean room” somewhere in the house, we have to be as conscientious and proactive as possible when it comes to dust.
There’s no question that capturing dust at the source safeguards the health of the workers, allows tools to run more efficiently, reduces cleanup time at the end of a job, and impresses the client. But switching a vacuum hose from one tool to another is about as efficient a solution as having just one extension cord for six separate tools. That constant need both to power our tools and to control the dust they create inspired this homemade vac box.
A combination of a cyclonic dust separator and electrical receptacles housed in…