Making a Shop Vac Cart

This cart is very easy to create and doesn't’t need many tools to complete it. One thing I can’t stress enough is buy good wheels. If you buy good wheels you'll quickly forget the price and won’t think of the wheels but if you skimp you will curse every time you use them.  I'm basing the cart after the one shown in Shop Notes. You can purchase the plans at  I use the same plans but different dimensions.

shop vac and bucket on woodI first started with the cheapest ¾” plywood I could find. It still cost $26.50. I can’t believe how much wood has gone up.

I set the vacuum and bucket on the plywood to see how much space I needed. I have a Fein 9-11-55 Turbo 8 Amp 6-Gallon 1.11-Horsepower Wet/Dry Vacuum with Auto-Start. Since this is the first “shop-vac” I've owned I can’t compare it to anything else. I do like it. I'm told it's much quieter than other vacuums. The only down side to this vacuum is the size of hose. It’s very small and it’s hard to fine the right attachments to use to connect to the various tools.

I was using a Home Depot bucket but I was looking at the Oneida Molded DIY Dust Deputy Cyclone. When using the cyclone the company recommends the bucket be at least 90mil thick otherwise the container may collapse when in use. The Home Depot buckets are only 70 mil thick.

So based on the bucket and vacuum the dimensions are 17” wide; 33” long. I want to design something in-between the vacuum and bucket to hold the vacuum hose, electrical code, and the hose on the bucket. I left about 4 ½ inches between the two. As for the bucket I divided the 17” in-half and found the middle of the board. I estimated the center of the bucket with the center of the board. When the bucket is centered on the board there should be equal measurement on each side of the bucket. I drew a circle around the bucket to mark it’s placement on the board.




As for the vacuum I marked off  1 ½ inches on both sides and the end of the board. This board is going to be the top board but we need another ¾” plywood board for the bottom. So first I cut two boards each 17” x 33”. I decided to do these cuts with my jigsaw.




I'm using a great straight edge clamping tool made by The cordless jigsaw is made by Bosch. The other tool I use all the time and absolutely love is my Bilsom Hi-visibility earphones with radio. I have an old pair by WorkTunes and these can't even compare. I found the cheapest price at a store called.


bosch jig saw and straight edge

bilson earphones












the cut boardsThe top and bottom boards cut.







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