Building a Small Cyclone Dust Collector

May 11, 2017



Dust collection is very important in my apartment workshop.  Just down the hall is the bedroom & bathroom so nu dust can escape this room!  For this build I was inspired by many other dust collector videos on Youtube.  This is not my original design but it is unique to my shop vac.  If you happen to have the same shop vac and want to build your own, you can download the Sketchup model I made below.  This is not a detailed set of plans, just a model.


 Completed 3D Sketchup model of dust collector


Download the Model:

The 3D Sketchup model can be downloaded from my downloads page here: Downloads


Watch the video below for a detailed view on how I built this dust collector.


Materials and purchased components (Affiliate Links):

  • Shop Vac 3HP 6 Gallon

  • 3/4" plywood for rings & base

  • 1/2" plywood for inlet

  • 1x2 pine lumber

  • 1/4" dowels

  • Scrap oak for latches

  • Scrap plastic for latches

  • 2" ABS drain pipe

  • 1/16" poly-carbonate (24"x48")

  • Sikasil Sealant

  • Construction Adhesive

  • Foam Gasket

  • Screws, Glue & Paint




UPDATE April 12th 2019: Watch the video below to see how the dust collector is hold up 2 years later.







See the pages below for viewer submitted builds based off my dust collector design.  If you've built your own and would like to share please contact me!







Robert's Cyclone Dust Collector












Jay's Cyclone Dust Collector





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