Dust Collector ARM




Introduction: Dust Collector ARM

Hi everyone!

Here's a new add-on i made for my dust collector cart , and it's awesome. While i can plug the hose directly into my miter saw and my table saw, i can't do this for my band saw and my drill press. So .. the idea came to me to build an extendable arm! I hope you enjoy this project, share photos with me if you build one.

Step 1: Materials

Here is the list of what you need to make this project.

  • 1 x ABS pipe ( 1½ x 6' )
  • 2 x ABS elbow ( Male to Female )
  • 2 x ABS elbow ( Female to Female )
  • 1 x ABS reducer ( 1½ to 1¼ )
  • 3 x 8-32 screw x 5/8 long + washer and locknut
  • ABS glue

Step 2: Assemble All Parts

Now, before we go further, assemble all the parts together so you can see what the final result will be. You can adjust the length of the pipes at this step. I made it a way i can use my shopvac accessories so i can add lengths as i want.

Step 3: Ohoh .. We Need to Fix That!

As you can see, if you try to rotate the elbow of the arm, it will just fall apart. So we have to find a way so that the elbow does not disassemble each time you rotate it. You can't add glue everywhere otherwise your arm will now move anymore.

Step 4: Make a Groove

Best way i found was to make a groove with my band saw then with a file on the male end of one of the elbow, and add a screw through the female end of the other elbow.

Step 5: Secure Everything Together

Now, assemble both elbows together, then drill through the female to female elbow, and insert the screw. Secure everything with a washer and a locknut. Repeat the process so you have 2 functional rotating elbows.

Step 6: Add Some Glue

Now assemble all the parts and add some glue, but not everythere. Only where you see red circles.

Step 7: Swivel Base

Now, you want to make a swivel base, it will be easier to place the arm to the machine you want. So let's make another groove on the pipe, then drill and add a screw like we did for the 2 elbows.

Step 8: Attach the Arm to the Cart

Now, it's time to attach the arm to the dust collector cart , i made a small square piece from scrap plywood so the pipe will be flush underneath. I didn't know if abs glue would stick to wood, so i used some gorilla glue to bond the arm to the cart, and it's very effective ! I added a screw but it was not necessary. Now , let's enjoy. Watch my video on youtube for more details, and to see the result of the project. Thanks for watching, if you like this, please subscribe for more , and share your comments with me!!

Step 9: Voila!

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    Question 1 year ago on Step 9

    Would PVC work just as well as ABS? I don't care about the color. Also, did you add any kind of lubricant to the moving pieces to make it easier to adjust?


    1 year ago

    I'm having a heck of a time finding everything in ABS format. Would standard PVC pipe work in this application? Also, there is a part pictured that isn't listed in your parts list (top line of pictured and 3rd from the right) so it would be great if you could add that to the instructions. Thanks in advance as I'm looking forward to replicating this in my shop!


    4 years ago on Step 9

    Thanks, I need to build something for my lathe and mill, at the moment just a jury rig. Using a fogless mister with oil I am running through a Thein collector with a couple of layers of fine mesh across the bottom chamber a few inches of the base which allows the oil to drain overnight for tapping off and reuse.


    4 years ago

    simple but very impressive-well done


    4 years ago on Step 9

    Genius! Not trying to upstage you but, I'm going to go one step further and add a shutoff valve that will allow me to switch between the arm and a regular hand-guided vacuum tube. Again, thanks for the idea and I love the paint job...looks really retro!