In designing and outfitting WOOD Magazine's Idea Shop 3 basement 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 1/2" 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 of 3/4" birch plywood. In addition the project requires one piece of 20x57 1/2" 30-gauge sheet metal for the cylinder, another measuring 20x57 1/2" for the three cone segments, and a third measuring 15 1/2x19" 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 (shown above right) and the downloadable plan are 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 for using different blower sizes (1-3 H.P.), allowing you a CFM range from 350 to 1200.
NOTE: This plan is available as both a downloadable plan and a Mail-Direct Plan
as offered below. To download, view, and print the plan on your computer, you'll
. If ordering the Downloadable Acrobat Plan, click here for
on downloading. Or, for a few dollars more, the Mail-Direct Plan (a pre-printed,
full-color copy) is shipped directly to you via First Class Mail. You should have
the Mail-Direct Plan within 7-10 days of ordering. For faster shipment of the
Mail-Direct Plan we offer 2-3 day Priority Mail at an additional cost.