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Watched every how to on the internet, then decided to do it myyyy wayyyy.
I had a Air Research turbo housing laying around and it was time to make use out of it. It was vortex time and this was my start.
It needed grinding to open the small end of the inlet, then I needed to get rid of the large gap on the perimeter of the unit. I did that by cutting the bottom of a stainless steel steamer/strainer thingy. Perfect fit to the turbo's radius. JBweld and a few rivets got it done did. Here's before and after, or after and before. Gap is gone and now the air spins.
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and I like that Estwing fine adjustment tool...
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Now I needed a cone. Looked for cone shapes everywhere... Pitchers, trash cans.... Nothing close in width height or diameter could be found anywhere. Traffic cones wouldn't work. I didn't want to build an ugly support for those even tho the taper looks right, or right enough.
So instead of $1 pans I bought for the project at the thrift stores, I had to shell out almost $25 for sheet metal from the True Value hardware store. Major hit as everything else was nickels and dimes.
I cut a section from another cheap bunt pan I found and it's exactly the same diameter as the turbo housing.... and has a rolled edge, so the coupling on the turbo and the pan will be coupled together with a long hose clamp.
I searched the internet once more to learn how to make a cone out of the sheet metal. The diameter of the top of the cone needed to end up fitting the bunt pan-turbo connection. I made a cone out of poster board and it fit... so I
duplicated the layout on the sheet metal. The seam was riveted together, then the cone was riveted to the section of the bunt pan rim I cut off.
Here's the cone and turbo as it will look when completed. It's mounted on some really nice 11 ply free plywood.
This contraption will set stop my old 16 gallon shop vac tank.
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Bought it in '87
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My Frank Sinatra part is using a 3 inch return pipe instead of trusting the cleaner air will come straight back up the center of the vortex.
So anyway, the dust spirals down the cone and enters the tank and is forced to the outside of the tank rather than just dropping out. It exits the cone into the tank and hits another $1 cake pan, which forces the dust outwards.
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looking good...

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It didn't function bad, but more was needed. Instead of flinging outwards, I figured it needed to continue to spiral outwards once it entered into the tank.
I had some Plexiglass, so I cut some strips, heated them then bent them over a form. I cut them to final length then glued them onto the plywood.
I also reduced the pan to plywood gap to the 1" thickness of the Plexiglass strips, forcing the air/dust to swirl.
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I decided since the dust will be swirling around the outside of the tank, some sort of baffle would be needed to continue slowing the dust. I inverted a small plastic bucket and suspended it with 4 wooden dowels so air would move under the bucket. It was just suspended 2 inches from the bottom.
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Time for a test. I cleaned the Frank tank and the shop vac tank to better see the dust flow on the sides of the tanks. Static attraction on the plastic might be as helpful as what's in the bottom or in the filter.
Not too bad but I think I need the top of that small bucket way higher so that it fits almost inside the aluminum cake pan, which is the "cleaner air"intake.
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I sanded 1/4 inch of particle board in a one foot by three foot area to make the dust. Clarke edger and 16 grit paper did just fine.
I didn't make this for sucking up paper towels an wood chips from an axe. Just for dust so I don't have to clean my filter so often when grinding concrete or floor patch, or lumps and bumps in floors. I install flooring and once in a while this will come in handy. Needs some refinements and maybe a sort of pre-filter in the Frank tank. I have made a pre filter before using those cheap loosely knit terry cloth shop towels. Just got to hot glue a few towels together and wrap them around the air intake loosely..... Kind of like draperies. Just have to open the lid and tap em once in a while to shake off the dust.
So not quite done yet, but it will work.
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