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Dust collection on the CHEAP - ideas?

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First of all, I do not have a dedicated shop. I have a small workshop in the basement of my home.

I am in need of a way to collect dust and get it out of the house so that it doesn't infiltrate into other rooms. (Namely my wife's office which is directly above as she works from home) This shop doesn't get daily use. It is just the occasional project here and there. I have been using an old central vac unit, but it has died and there are no motor replacements available that I can find. (It was a 1950's unit)

I just dont' think I can swing a full fledged dust collection system right now. I do have a big 'ol shop vac with suction and blower ports. I'm thinking of just removing the filter and connecting the blower port to a PVC pipe that exhausts to the exterior of the home. That way anything I suck up will exit the home with any larger pieces/chunks getting trapped in the shopvac.

Any thoughts on why this would be a bad idea? Or other inexpensive ideas?

At least until I can come across a good used system for a good price.

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So, the shop vac looks like it will work quite well. I just need to add a second cyclonic barrel to collect most of the debris before it gets to the shop vac.

Thanks for the link to the google search Chagrin! The obvious is such a great thing!
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