Introduction: Movable Tool/Vacuum/Sound Reduction Cart

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This is a movable cart that I made that will reduce the sound from my shop vac. It will reduce the sound 7-8 decibels. I use this shop vac to suck up the saw dust when I'm using my power tools. Every power tool I have I add a hose and an area where I can attach the shop vac to, so that it will keep the table free and clear of dust so that you can see your lines and what you are working on.

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Equipment Used:
  1.     Skill Saw
  2.     Drill
  3.     Pencil
  4.     Caulk Line
  5.     Measuring Tape
  6.     Box Cutter
  7.     Staple Gun

Materials Needed:
  1.     1 - 4'x8' Plywood
  2.     2 - 2"x4"x8' Lumber
  3.     Insulation
  4.     Padding
  5.     Carpet
  6.     4 - Casters
  7.     Screws
  8.     4 - 3/8" Lag Bolts
  9.     Tubing
  10.     Garbage Disposal Tail Piece
  11.     Zip Ties

Step 1: Building the Bottom Box

First you'll need to measure and mark out your walls to cut them out. You will need the front wall to measure 36" by 25 3/4". Next you will need to measure out the two side walls 22" by 32 3/4". Also you need to measure out the bottom of the box that will measure 22" by 32 1/2". Now there is still an angled wall behind the front wall that measures 23 1/2" by 32 1/2". Once all of the walls are cut out then you will need to cut out the 2"x4" to hold the walls together. You will need to cut out four 2"x4"x32", four 2"x4"x31 1/2" and four 2"x4"x15".

   On the right side of the wall that measures 22"x32 3/4" you will need to cut out a hole for your shop vac to come out the side. Also measure where the shop vac intake holes are and cut that out on the side of the wall, but make these holes slightly bigger than the shop vac holes to allow maximum air flow. Next take the second wall that is measured the same and measure out where the exhaust will be venting out and make those holes slightly bigger.

   Take the bottom plywood of the box and screw four of the  2"x4" to the edges. Next take both side walls and attach two 2"x4"x32" and line them up with the top of the walls and screw them together. There should be a gap from the bottom of the 2"x4"s and the bottom of the plywood. Now screw the side walls to the bottom plywood. Take one of the 2"x4"x31 1/2" and measure 8" down from the front of the side walls. This is where the top of the 2"x4" will be screwed to on both sides. Next repeat this step on the back side. Now take the front wall and mount it to the front of the box. Next take the 23 1/2 by 32 1/2 plywood and cut out two notches for the bottom that measure 1 3/4" high by 3 1/2" long. Next cut out two top corner notches that measure 1 3/4" high by 3 1/2" long. After you are done slide this piece against the front wall at an angle and screw it in.

Step 2: Finishing the Box

   Put the insulation in between the front wall and the angled wall. Next staple padding on the inside walls and bottom floor. Next staple carpet over all of the padding. Now cut one piece of plywood 34 1/2" by 22 1/2" and mount it down on the front wall and the 2"x4"s. This will be the shelf to store stuff. Now cut another plywood 36" by 22" and mount it to the top of the side walls. This will be the top of the machine. Once you have assembled the box then lay it onto the side and mount the 4 casters to the bottom of the box. Now you are done with the box.

Step 3: Vacuum Suction

   Use your four 3/8" lag bolts and mount your band saw onto the box with them. Now you will need to zip tie the 5/8" ID tube to the band saw and arch it all of the way around the machine "Follow the picture". Now attach it to the garbage disposal tail piece pipe and attach the tail piece pipe to the machine. Next attach the 1 1/2" pool tubing to one end of the tail pipe and zip tie it to underneath the band saw table to suck up the saw dust that will collect from underneath it. Now you are all done with this instructable. Attach the Shop vac and let it run. You will notice about 7-8 decibel's less in the sound of your shop vac. The sound should be more manageable now. As well as you will have less saw dust on your work table.

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