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Steve Dwight sent me some photos of shop vac filter cleaner that is based on the one I made, but with a very inventive modification: Steve says: My original plan was to build one of the well known separators for my shop vac to use around the house. But whenever I drag the vac around it's getting hung up on air compressor lines, extension cords, saw horse legs, stuff that should be put away, etc. So there was no way I was going to drag around a shop vac, plus a bucket, plus twice as much hose. Your idea is way better. Our garbage day is Friday so Saturday morning I have a nice empty trash can to spin my dust into. Here's how I modified the spinner to work for me:
You can see the filter with the usual stuff; this one has much less drywall and concrete dust than usual.
The problem I had was that dust deep in the pleats of the filter wouldn't spin out, even with extended spin times or using the hammer action on my cordless. I could only get it so clean and that was it. Didn't quite cut it for me. I realized that what dislodged the leftover dust was running my thumb over the pleats like flipping through a book quickly to get to a certain page. So then I got the idea to have something rub along and flip the pleats as the filter is spinning. I needed to make sure it was something that wouldn't tear up the paper that the filter is made out of. The little red fingers you see in the picture are for a certain kind of weed-whipper. I bought a whole bag of the things a few years back at a garage sale for like 50 cents. My intention was to use them as markers in the garden so I know where the seeds are planted and not to pull the sprouts up thinking it's a weed. They work great for that as well.
The lid is 3/4 ply with a couple guides to keep everything centered and steady on the can. I put 3/4 ply squares on top and bottom of the spin shaft hole to act as a bearing and keep everything straight and lined up which worked great.
Anyway, it's really easy to line it all up. Once you start spinning the filter, you just rotate the shaft with the hand on it to engage the filter. I though about making a handle for that shaft but realized it wasn't necessary for a few reasons. It only takes at most 20 seconds for the fingers to finish the job! I wanted as few parts as possible to keep track of since the handle would need to be removed when I disassemble the unit. It's not hard at all to rotate and turn the shaft. The filter is as clean as you can get.
And that's it! The best part is that I don't have one of those bucket-separators and extra hose to drag around and trip over and take up space in the garage! Thanks man, I eagerly await your new projects and really hope you get around to finishing that pocket knife! I really like that one.
Thanks again for your site!
A very effective improvement on the idea, and I'm pretty sure I'll remake mine to work the same way. Thanks for sending the photos and description to me Steve.

Here's the video I made of the original filter cleaner that Steve based his on:

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Kyle sent me some photos of his homemade vise: Kyle says: I became inspired to try my hand at building a vise after seeing how much a store bought would cost. It is made from Oak I salvaged, the jaws are 10" wide, and it can open to 15". I attempted to build the neat quick adjusting nut, but I ended up just capturing a plain nut in the stationary jaw. I decided that I would add a popup bench dog and I also made thick plastic washers to use as thrust bearings on the screw. It was a fun project, and I use it on every project. The extra wide opening is great for gluing up panels. Very nice! The popup bench dog is an great addition and something I was thinking about adding to mine. Thanks Kyle for sending the photos, and good luck with your projects!

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