In the January 2021 monthly meeting, Enhanced Show-n-Tell presentations, Joel LaFerriere presented his custom ShopVac Dust Collector. I was impressed as were others by the sounds of it. I ordered all the parts on Joel’s list including the DeWalt ROS (random orbital sander) hose adapter DWV9000.
I’ve long wanted to do a much better job of trapping the fine dust escaping in volumes with just the dust bag. The DWV9000 coupled to a 1.5″ hose and then a ShopVac was just the right combination of superior vacuum at the sanding surface and lighter manual hose handling. I was able to work on an eight foot natural edge table and surface for hours without fatigue. I did have to manage the umbilical vacuum hose and power cord, but that tradeoff was well worth the reduced dust.
In a later post I’ll review Joel’s custom ShopVac Dust Collector project as my shop built version.