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How to Make a Vortex Dust Collector?

Have you ever been to a woodshop or a woodworking place? If you have, you will know that there are two types of woodshops.

  • The first one is as clean as it gets; it’s like everything in that hasp is waxed.
  • The second one is where you can’t breathe without masks and wood particles floating across the room, and that’s precisely what happens.

But here is a question: what is the difference between these two studios?

If you are a carpenter, you know that if you expose yourself to sawdust, it will damage your lungs and, eventually, your overall health.

But what is the solution to why some studios have clean air, and the others are dust flying in your face?

The reason is a Vortex Dust collector or a cyclone collector.

Most likely, you are confused about what a Vortex dust collector is, don’t worry. We will elaborate.

You will read:

  • What is a Vortex dust collector?
  • How to make a DIY vortex dust collector?
  • Different kinds of cyclones.

Let’s get started on the article, go to work, and make sure you have your paper, your pen, and most importantly, your equipment prepared.


What is a Vortex dust collector?

If you have ever driven past a big factory or a workshop, you notice substantial metal cones coming out of the buildings.

When there is manufacturing work going on in some sites, there will be dust in the air, and the innovation on how you can move these dust particles is by using a gadget called a cyclone dust collector or a vortex dust collector.

These devices are a practical way of getting the dust out of the construction site; it has the responsibility to use vacuumed power and air to such the dust particles into its tube and lad it outside of the indoor shops.

The area in the workshops has to be cleared out on a regular basis and cleaned, and the employment of whirlpool or vortex dust is the most effective method for accomplishing these tasks.

The only problem was that these collectors were way too big to be used in a small sake like a carpentry workshop. So modern problems require modern solutions.

The patent of this device was redesigned by a carpenter that had a similar issue, this new patent allowed individuals to use the dust collector in much smaller places.

This patent is way smaller and can fit in any place, yet there is a slight difficulty left; you have to build it yourself.

Now that you know what a vortex dust collector is, it’s time to learn how to make one.

Let’s go.

How to make a DIY vortex dust collector?

If you know what you are doing, you will craft it yourself and don’t want to spend hefty cash on the dust collector.

This instruction is for those who know how to use woodworking tools, so be careful and use protective gear.


Follow these ten steps closely, and in the end, you will have a brand-new Vortex dust collector:

Step 1:

Do you have the material to craft your collector? If not, let us list the items that you are going to need:

  • 2 inches rubber coupling besides clamps
  • 2 inches of clamp pipe
  • 2 inches of short 90 degrees elbow
  • four casters
  • two toggle clamps(small)
  • 2 inches of vacuum pipe
  • five or more gallon buckets
  • plywood
  • piano hinge
  • sweep elbow

Step 2:

You have to complete this portion independently, but we propose that you arrange your device vertically.

When making anything, regardless of whether it is made of metal or wood, you have to draw up the plan first.

Step 3:

Use the wood parts we put aside (plywood) and assemble them according to your earlier sketches. Keep in mind that the spot you intend to put the gallons has to be sealed shut.

Step 4:

The hole. In this step, you have to pay attention to the cyclone or vortex adapter and craft a hole for this adaptation, do not worry if your home is not perfect. It won’t be visible anyway.

Step 5:

The next step is one of the most important ones, and you have to install the vacuum pipes you prepared earlier; make sure that you seal the sides of your tube for more security.

Step 6:

If you feel creative, take that paint spray in your closet, spray it all over your gadget, and make it beautiful.

Step 7:

Install the adapter for your vortex dust collector, and then add the clamps that we mention to the caster.

Step 8:

This step is optional, meaning if you don’t do it, it is acceptable, and it will not affect the gadget’s working process.

You can add an LED light inside the containers to see when they get complete rather than cheering every time you think they might be full.

Step 9:

Test the LED light and make sure that you choose the type that won’t heat up that much because it would be a fire disaster waiting to happen.

Step 10:

Test the whole contraption on some sawdust and see if it works properly.

Well done, you are now a proud owner of a Vortex dust collector that you made with your bare hands.

Now that you know how to make a Vortex dust collector, it’s time to see the different types of cyclone dust collectors.


Different kinds of Vortex dust collectors.

You are familiar with some types of vortex dust collectors because we just made one from scratch, yet there are other types that we will compare to the one we currently have in mind.

Extractor vs. Container

There are two types of vortex dust collectors, but there is no need to explain each because the names are self-explanatory; soles get to the comparison:

Extractor Container
Removes the dust from the premises. Contains the collected dust.
Mostly is suitable for industrial use. Suitable for factories and small workshops.
It takes much more space. Takes the minimum space.

As you see from the chart above, the extractor is primarily used in factories that cannot contain the dust collected. The only solution is to remove it immediately rather than prevent it like the one we just crafted in this article.

But if you have a woodworking studio, the container is the best option for you, and it’s economic and small scale-wise.

Now you are a vortex dust collector master. Know everything about making a it.

We shall conclude the article here and get a conclusion.



If you are a carpenter, indeed, at some point, you need to vent the area that you are working in, and the best way to do this task is to use a cyclone or vortex dust collector.

They are pretty expensive, so we offered the exact instructions to make your vortex dust cleaner at your woodshop.

We compared two types of collectors to each other to see which one is more suitable for your needs.

We appreciate you reading this article until the last word, and if you have any additional questions or opinions regarding how to make a vortex dust collector, please share your thoughts in the comment section below. We will answer as soon as possible.


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