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    Shop Vacuum Thien separator ---Now Finished with more pictures.

    I made a 5 gallon Thien separator for my shop vacuum and it works great from initial testing, However it wants to tip over all the time and I was wondering if anyone else had built one of these what their solution was to this. I suspect I will have to add an expanded base or attach it to the shop vac someway. But looking for proven solutions. Room(or lack of it) is a big issue.

    For the picture police...
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    That should do a great job of keeping the 'stuff' out of the vac!

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    shorten the hose from the vac to the bucket and make the vac and bucket on one platform. the extra surface area will keep it upright and stop your troubles and still have the benefits of cleaner vac area.
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    I put my bucket on top of the vac. Same footprint, more power.

    Here are a couple pics and a thread. http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...light=vaczilla
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    Now that I've made room for it, I should go ahead and do a vertical mount for my setup. Would be much more convenient that trying to unroute it from behind the bench legs when it's being used for something other than the router table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    shorten the hose from the vac to the bucket and make the vac and bucket on one platform. the extra surface area will keep it upright and stop your troubles and still have the benefits of cleaner vac area.
    That's essentially what I did with my setup. My separator bucket is very top-heavy, so I put it inside another bucket that has been screwed to the mobile platform. I just use bungee cords to hold the vac itself in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    That's essentially what I did with my setup. My separator bucket is very top-heavy, so I put it inside another bucket that has been screwed to the mobile platform. I just use bungee cords to hold the vac itself in place.

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    So I need a bigger bucket to put my bucket in?

    Never enough buckets!


    Also have my HF 2 HP dust collector I have yet to assemble...It is in the cardboard box to the right.
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    your shop is too clean,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Baer View Post
    your shop is too clean,
    It's suppose to be clean, it's thread about a Shop Vac!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garry Foster View Post
    So I need a bigger bucket to put my bucket in?

    Never enough buckets!
    You can use another 5 gallon bucket...just slip the one with the separator into it. That way you can screw the lower bucket onto a platform (with wheels, if you want), and just lift out the separator bucket when it's time to dump it.
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