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Hello everyone, I'm Ashley and in this Instructable I'm sharing how to build a dust collection cart for the Ridgid shop vacuum and Dustopper (a cyclone dust separator for a 5 gallon bucket). This is a weekend DIY project that can be built from a single sheet of plywood.

Let's get started with the build!

The following are some of the tools and supplies I gathered to build my dust collection cart (affiliate links):

The 36″ hose that came with the Dustopper is a few inches too short so I used the hose that came with my Ridgid vacuum.

I also use a Bosch vacuum hose for my orbital sander. It’s a nice hose and I recommend it. It needs an adapter to connect to the Dustopper.

My dust collection cart is largely inspired by the dust carts built by John of John Builds It and Matt of MWA Woodworks. I merged my favorite features between the two carts into this one.

Step 1: Cut parts according to cut list

Picture of Cut parts according to cut list
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Break down the sheet of plywood into the following parts:

  • 23 1/2″ x 40″ (Sides) x 2
  • 24″ x 22″ (Base)
  • 24″ x 14″ (Top Shelf)
  • 4″ x 24″ (Braces) x 3
  • 4″ x 22″ (Caster Supports) x 2

JeffreyH824 months ago
Nicely done!
CaptClaude5 months ago
You have done the universe a service by pointing out that previously unknown tool, the Duststopper. It's cheap enough to get one to try and decide how to adapt your idea for a cart. I say adapt because where my Shop vac lives (and i LOVE the eyes) is under the right wing of my table saw and I can't stack like you have. But I can do something else...
I've tried other cyclone add-ons and had very mixed success -- mostly because they did not adapt to the top of the bucket well. This was designed to go on the bucket and that's huge.
Thank you for doing this. Well done you.
Old Shooter5 months ago
Very cool. Might have to try this one. I have built one that uses the Dust Devil type of collector but by the time I have everything stacked (Vacuum, waste bucket, dust devil) and the hose coming out of the vac to the top of my collector I have a monstrosity that is around 6' high. Yours is a lot more compact. Thanks for sharing.
valveman5 months ago
Very nicely done Ashley. A great space saver and it's portable. It is great to see women getting involved in woodworking and building projects.
EdM635 months ago
great design, and nice video!
notbad5 months ago
+1 for the googly eyes!
JerseyHat5 months ago
That's a good design and a compact but complete instructable. Well done combination of the video, dimensioned plans (in 3D: nice touch) and photos. Dust collection is way more important than most woodworkers realize, and this package makes it effective, convenient for a small shop and inexpensive.
Makerneer5 months ago
The eyes on the vacuum are awesome!
bakichmg5 months ago
Nicely done. Good job. Best part is the eyes on the vac. Nice touch!! Thanks for sharing!!
handmadewithashley (author)  bakichmg5 months ago
thank you! :)