| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

Dust collection adapters shop vac to PVC made fast on the table saw

what’s up guys in this video I’m going
to show you how you can make these adapters so that you can switch from
your shop vac to 2 inch PVC pipe I use a lot of shop vacs for dust collection so
being able to switch into the PVC has been a huge help here in my shop
although I could see a lot of other benefits besides just dust collection
for being able to use 2 inch PVC with your shop vac
now in order to make these adapters first we’re gonna have to make a jig so
I’m going to show you how to make that jig but after you have the jig these
things cost about 10 cent and they only take about 15 seconds to make on the
table saw so lots of good reasons to do it let’s get right into it you’re gonna
want to start off with a block I’m gonna be using a 2 X 10 but you could
probably use any kind of 2X material you could even double up a couple pieces
of 3/4 plywood one edge needs to be perfectly straight so to get this I’m
going to screw a short piece of plywood on and run it through the table saw now
that I have that straight edge right in the center of the straight cut trace a
circle using a short piece of two-inch pipe and the pipe needs to be flush the
outside of the pipe with the backside of that straight cut now you’re gonna want to cut a hole a
perfect circle this can be done with many different types of saws (or drill) I’m going
to be using a jigsaw here just because I figured most people would have a jigsaw
and to show that it could be done with a jigsaw as long as you take your time and
just sneak up on that circle once you end up with a nice tight fit like this
you’ve got it now it’s gonna be so tight that it’s not going to spin and you need
to be able to spin the pipe so here I’m just gonna sand it a little bit until
eventually I’m able to spin the pipe within this circle now you can open up
the sides of the circle cut a couple of short clamping blocks pre-drill some
holes into these blocks and attach one to either side of the
back of the jig make sure that the screws you use are long enough so you
get a good secure attachment to the bottom board and that’s it the jig is
complete now it’s time to cut these down these blanks to two and a half inches
and they need to be really square so I’m going to use the miter saw you could
probably use a different saw but I think the miter saw is probably the
easiest and most accurate way to cut these so I’ll go ahead and cut a bunch of
these up and we’ll go from there now I’m over here the table saw and what I want
to do is reference the center of the blade up here on my fence or even on the
top of the fence either way it doesn’t have to be exact but it’s got to be
pretty close and then what I want to do is get the blade up to 1 and 1/4 ” the
inside diameter of vacuum fitting is about two and a quarter the outside
diameter of the 2-inch PVC pipe is two and 3/8″ so we’re going to need to reduce
the pipe by an eighth of an inch and we’re gonna do that by removing a
sixteenth” all the way around so we need to set the fence on the table saw at two
and five sixteenths” depending on what kind of table saw you’re working on this
is gonna be different but basically I know the blade is up an inch and a
quarter so what I’m gonna do is count how many revolutions it’s going to take
to spin the blade back down so one two three four five six seven eight nine ten
it takes 10 revolutions to get my blade down an inch and a quarter so it’s going
to take 10 revolutions to get my blade up to my finished height so what I’m
going to do is set my jig over the center mark and I’m going to clamp it on and now that I have it clamped on I can
turn my saw on and run it up ten revolutions okay here I’m just gonna show you one
two three four five six seven eight nine ten so here’s the blade all the way up
to an inch and a quarter I’m gonna run that back down we’re ready to start it’s
gonna be a tight fit that’s what you want it’s gonna spin in there and each
time you want to raise the blade one revolution you also want to make sure that you’re
applying pressure to the pipe each time that you raise the blade and it’s a little too tight I’m gonna
run the blade back down I’m gonna pull the fence over just a little bit and
give that a go once you get them pretty close gonna hit
em a little bit with some sandpaper mostly just to knock the fuzz off and
smooth them up a little bit but after you have a nice tight fit like you want
got the jig dialed in you can go into production make as many of them as you
want my hand is starting to cramp up usually people are only going to need
like one or two so doing this by hand is probably fine but if this works this
should definitely enhance the production a little bit just give me one sec that work perfect perfect
look at that thing just look at that look how beautiful that is
oh my goodness look at that I just put the “P” in production


Slow and Expensive

May 5, 2019, 3:58 am Reply

Let me know if you liked the dolly zoom shot at the end? First time doing one. It took several tries but I thought it turned out pretty cool. 🙂

Ragnar Már Nikulásson

Jul 7, 2019, 6:09 pm Reply

cutting plastic dulls your blades quite quickly.

Istvan Nagy

Jul 7, 2019, 10:59 pm Reply

Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!!!

joseph nickolick

Jul 7, 2019, 1:03 am Reply

also put the I in I MAGI NATION…….. the collective.of problem prevention….einstein said inteeligent folk solve problems
genius prevents them…….thumbs up

aldebaran alter

Jul 7, 2019, 5:22 am Reply

Come on my friend, there is one terrible machine called "LATHE", go get one and you will make milions of things… anyhow my thump is sure "UP", just for your inventiveness and creativeness… and MOST for your patience.
Keep "turning".


Jul 7, 2019, 9:45 pm Reply

you did use Mirka sandpaper….thats not not made in usa…


Jul 7, 2019, 1:47 pm Reply

Don't have all the stuff you do, and this was a great idea…I would like to purchase a couple – please make them available. Have a great SHOP day!

J. Stribling

Jul 7, 2019, 8:16 pm Reply

Slow and Expensive = Great Quality (just the way I like it)

Peter Pocock

Jul 7, 2019, 11:57 am Reply

This is a fine example of lateral thinking if you don't own a lathe.
Well done.

Michael R

Jul 7, 2019, 4:14 am Reply

Why spend all that money having a separate Shop-Vac at each machine? Why not just buy one dust collector and make it a central system?

Terry Vance

Jul 7, 2019, 3:14 pm Reply

I like the idea of the shop vacs for dust collection. How do you empty them and keep the filters from clogging?

Charles Smith

Aug 8, 2019, 2:07 am Reply

That was great I did it like you said and came out perfectly after sanding them

Greg’s Garage

Aug 8, 2019, 3:25 am Reply

Great trick man! Thanks for sharing.

Alan Jones

Aug 8, 2019, 12:45 am Reply

My vet calls my exuberant goldendoodle (dog) a "hambone" for his exhibitionism. Why did this come up?

On a serious note: REALLY good videography and very professional editing.


Aug 8, 2019, 12:10 am Reply

New sub here! Wanna just make me a couple and save me the trouble of making the jig? I’ll give you a dollar lol

Randell Jones

Aug 8, 2019, 8:35 am Reply

Shop Vac fittings are tapered to give a seal when they are seated. Tilt the blade 1* and do everything else the same. They won't pull out or vibrate out when in use and the little twist at the end makes it secure.Good video and Good Luck!

Family Prepper

Aug 8, 2019, 12:08 am Reply

Great Idea, and very well presented. I loved it

3G Craftsman

Aug 8, 2019, 3:14 am Reply

Nice job! Seems like a lot of jig work for a couple of adapters. Can you just sell me one? ?

Patrick L

Aug 8, 2019, 2:50 pm Reply

Definitely agree with the use of PVC fittings as alternative to the over priced vacuum fitting. I have to say though that this is the most intricate alternative to a lathe I've ever seen. The PVC turns/machines very nicely with basic tools.

Mr. Measure Twice

Aug 8, 2019, 10:17 pm Reply

Good stuff!! You gained a subscriber from this video – never seen any of your other stuff, but this told me all I needed to know about your madness to your methods… 😉

Chris Graham

Aug 8, 2019, 12:22 am Reply

Once you have the jig clamped in position and the fence is aligned to give you perfect dimensions on your fitting you could add a simple feature. I noticed that the jig's base overhangs the miter slot of the tablesaw top. Slide a wooden slot runner into the slot under the jig base and temporarily affix the runner to the jig base at each end with a dab of CA glue to secure it's place. Now remove the clamps, lift the gig, turn it over and more permanently affix the runner to the jig base with countersunk screws and some more CA glue. Now your spacing from the blade is fixed so just drop the jig's runner into the miter slot and slide the fence up tight on the other side for perfect alignment. No more need for measuring, no clamps required and no fiddling with the fence adjustment.

zero umashi

Aug 8, 2019, 9:30 pm Reply

PVC molds with heat.
You probably could have saved time by just making a split half way through the fitting. Then used a torch or heat gun to heat it, and then tapered the fitting.

Johnny K

Aug 8, 2019, 1:14 am Reply

Holy crap! Talk about making work for yourself!! How about using an ID bit and put the pvc on a lathe. 2 seconds and you’re finished!!

Insidious DrNine

Aug 8, 2019, 5:12 am Reply

Cool idea, can't help but think a belt sander could take a 1/16 off pretty quick too.

Crusade For Life

Aug 8, 2019, 3:20 am Reply

Good video


Aug 8, 2019, 1:32 pm Reply

Very clever project! It occurs to me is that one could leave the pipe twice the length so that you can handle it from above the height of your fence as you rotate it. Then cut it down afterwards.


Aug 8, 2019, 8:03 am Reply

Sweet! I want to build a long pipe with a bend at the end to clear out our drains without a ladder. Think it's possible? Those kits cost 200 or so online

Lech Straczynski

Aug 8, 2019, 6:35 pm Reply

Brilliant, idea, clear instructions, great video job! Thank you!


Aug 8, 2019, 3:05 pm Reply

When carpenters do machine work…

Mountain Man63

Aug 8, 2019, 3:50 pm Reply

Very nice. Luv your idea to incorporate the cordless drill to speed up the process!!


Aug 8, 2019, 3:29 am Reply

With the amount of piping you seem to be doing maybe you can answer this… Is there an off the shelf option for a swiveling PVC elbow? I want to make a boom arm for my overhead dust collection and rather than buying a tonne of hose I'd rather just use PVC. But the boom arm needs to swing!

Thomas Moersch

Aug 8, 2019, 1:56 am Reply

Brilliant! Thanks, Tony! I can't wait to get started. The YouTube algorithm suggested this video. It must have known about my interest in dust collection. I subscribed to your channel.

Salvador Reynoso

Aug 8, 2019, 1:05 am Reply


casy casy

Aug 8, 2019, 11:26 am Reply

very cool great video .you just got one more subscriber

Andrew Buehler

Aug 8, 2019, 12:42 pm Reply

You should sell them, I'd buy a few. Easier than having to make jig and such.

Tuck Porter

Aug 8, 2019, 10:13 am Reply

Well that was a fantastic creative video on how to make a 2" inch PVC pipe fit your shop vac! Now I have to scour Youtube for DIY Shop Dust Collection Setups! I thought I had to go thru life hooking up my vacuum cleaner to each one of my shop equipment that throws up dust and debris. Thanks for enlightening me to the next level of dust free efficiency!


Aug 8, 2019, 3:17 am Reply

Bravo! When I saw what you were doing I thought, “that would be easier on a lathe (but not everyone has one laying around ?), and presto, you make a lathe-like tool !!
Nice cap by the way; it looks good on ya.


Aug 8, 2019, 4:07 am Reply

A Laythe would be a better option…:)


Aug 8, 2019, 9:46 am Reply

I have an idea. 5 each on eBay. I will take 2

Noland Rutledge

Aug 8, 2019, 4:27 pm Reply

You’re a freaking genius.

Paul Castro

Aug 8, 2019, 2:37 am Reply

Brilliant idea!! I'm grateful you shared it. Some companies will lose some $ after this jig goes around the world.

Darryl Lix

Aug 8, 2019, 12:36 pm Reply



Aug 8, 2019, 9:17 pm Reply

I love the channel name and the ingenuity. Subscribed!

Christopher Ingrassia

Aug 8, 2019, 5:16 am Reply

I'll pay you $5 to mail me one.

Frank Pritchett

Aug 8, 2019, 12:12 pm Reply

That rocks! Isn’t it fun getting off on tangents in the shop and creating new things until you forget about what you started on in the first place?
The dolly zoom is AWESOME! Jaws still my favorite movie. Why don’t filmmakers continue to follow this example?

index Poulsbo

Sep 9, 2019, 3:37 am Reply

I'll try it soon, thanks


Sep 9, 2019, 1:08 am Reply

Why didn't you just use a heat gun?

Aye Captain

Sep 9, 2019, 8:24 pm Reply


jonny shoestring

Sep 9, 2019, 11:55 pm Reply

Like the drill touch, get a better finish and obviously, it's a lot quicker.
Nice, one for the save box?

Donald Dawson

Sep 9, 2019, 12:47 pm Reply

Great idea

Friends Worship Center Columbus

Sep 9, 2019, 3:27 pm Reply

What a FANTASTIC idea. Gotta try this myself.

steve walker

Sep 9, 2019, 5:53 pm Reply

I’ve watched this video twice it’s a need a deer the pipe looks like it’s schedule 40 did you try to schedule 22 inch pipe just a thought

Joe Balch

Sep 9, 2019, 6:08 pm Reply

Very clever man, great ideas and looks fairly simple to make. Thanks


Sep 9, 2019, 2:37 am Reply

9/07/2019 great Job, Very good idea.++++++++E!!!!.

Turkey Creek Knives

Sep 9, 2019, 4:14 am Reply

Nice I have a lathe so I chuck it up and trim but great way to do this if no lathe is handy

Turkey Creek Knives

Sep 9, 2019, 4:16 am Reply

Like the drill always say man can work hard or smart I’d rather work smart nice work

Lyle Feucht

Sep 9, 2019, 4:53 pm Reply

Awesome idea! Thanks for the great tip(s)!

Paul Hanak

Sep 9, 2019, 1:56 am Reply

Jig it up!! Thats so cool. I normally have good luck with a heat gun though and then just shoving it onto or into whatever I am trying to connect and letting it cool. Ever tried that? What's the advantage to this setup instead? You may have converted me though!

cj lures

Sep 9, 2019, 11:23 am Reply

use a lathe much faster

John Wisniewski

Sep 9, 2019, 8:47 pm Reply

Well…look at that! Great idea!

Ed Zappen

Sep 9, 2019, 1:33 pm Reply

Pretty cool idea if you don't have a lathe. Thanks

Tommy .Gibbons

Sep 9, 2019, 10:20 am Reply

What else… kickass!, I love this tool. As soon as I get around to it, I’m getting back into finishing my workshop. Thanks my friend.

Jim Burns

Sep 9, 2019, 2:21 pm Reply

Thanks for sharing. I needed to do just what you showed here but only had 2 x 4 scraps and did not have a band saw to cut that nice u-shaped opening. So I stacked two 2×4's together fastened with screws, cut in half and the cut 45 degree on each. See this photo. https://photos.app.goo.gl/cCuey2ctVzzQAvZ97 I used a longer piece of pipe that I could modify both ends and cut in half.

Supa Trending Daily

Sep 9, 2019, 12:24 am Reply

A 1-1/2" PVC fitting hub fits into a 1-7/8" Ridgid shop vac. I use a 1-1/2" male tubular trap adapter to fit my central vac hose. I can now use my central vac anywhere lol. Maybe this can help some people.

(Fitting that goes into vac: 1-1/2" Schedule 40 PVC hub x hub long sweep elbow or 90°)

(Fitting I use to connect my central vac hose: 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" PVC trap adapter)

You can buy a street long sweep elbow and a male trap adapter or and hub x hub elbow with a female trap adapter and some pipe. Remember when gluing PVC for a dry vacuum system you don't need to use primer. Only the glue. Remember to not add too much. If you see glue pouring out into your fitting you have used too much and it could cause a clog. You also want all of you cuts square and clean to prevent clogs. Any questions about PVC? I'm a plumber, happy to help.

Shawn Liu

Sep 9, 2019, 12:54 am Reply

Perfect craftsmanship! I used to have a lot of troubles when trying to fit home depot pipes using cutting approaches, until I got a cheap 3D printer. It prints precisely accurate adapters with different angles, different sizes, and with flanges. It can also make flexible parts with elastic filaments. That said, it is so entertaining to watch what you are doing.

Tee Jay

Sep 9, 2019, 12:50 pm Reply

This is a great tip video!
While watching this video I was already seeing a "better way" by cutting them to 5" and doing both ends and then cutting them in half to length. This way I'd have more to grip (above the fence) while turning.
But then… you whipped out the cordless drill idea and BOOM! Mind blown! Clearly, I didn't know who I was dealing with – lol. What a game changer. Genius idea brother!

Doug Butler

Sep 9, 2019, 7:58 am Reply

That's a new one thanks

Konnex ions

Sep 9, 2019, 7:11 pm Reply

This guy's voice is so cool…

Phil Wood

Sep 9, 2019, 3:31 pm Reply

Definitely a slick and ingenious jig. Could see other applications. Another way would be to drill out a die of the proper diameter, dip one end of the blank into boiling water, softening it enough to press into the die. Not saying it’s a better way, just an alternate method. As they say there’s more than one way to skin a cat, although it never ends well for the cat. Count me a subscriber.

Phil Wood

Sep 9, 2019, 3:39 pm Reply

If you make the blank longer initially, you could attach a pipe cap to your drill to spin the blank Maybe rig a stand to hold the drill in place.

Mondo Gecko

Sep 9, 2019, 6:58 am Reply

ring idid.. I fucking love your shirt

Al Breit

Sep 9, 2019, 2:41 am Reply

This is fricken awesom, you rocked it

Mark H.

Sep 9, 2019, 5:30 am Reply

I like you style! You made me smile at the end, when your were saying “make it rain! I’m following you because I like your style and killer positive attitude and I look forward to seeing you more ?

Cary Anderson

Oct 10, 2019, 6:26 pm Reply

There's just some things that appeal to me because of simplicity…but being effective at getting a job done. You have created a simplistic idea well worth the little effort it produces. Thank you for sharing this with us!!!

Frank Musolino

Oct 10, 2019, 7:26 pm Reply

Thanks alot, hate to admit that. I' ve struggled w/this fitting problem…but you shareing your method is fantastic. Thanks again ?

brian rettkowski

Oct 10, 2019, 1:33 am Reply

U sell these?Would like a few

dc-solace ozplayed

Oct 10, 2019, 5:05 am Reply

I really wish I had seen this video yesterday! I spent over 3 hours between Home Depot, Rona and Lowe's trying to find something that would fit my ridgid shop vac and my dewalt table saw. Ended up paying over $25 for flexible couplings, when I could have bought a pvc pipe and made this jig! Well, at least I know now. Thanks, you are awesome!

Charles Pelton

Oct 10, 2019, 3:00 pm Reply

Nicely done ? I do believe that I'll be copying that. I love jigs

Randy Wells

Oct 10, 2019, 11:16 am Reply

Using a2 ft piece long is easier just cut to length after turning each piece unless you use the drill method

Richard Tullius

Oct 10, 2019, 6:27 am Reply

Thank you… I have messed with this for years, I now have a small metal lathe that I think might work well… not having to build the jig.

KD2RDH Larry

Oct 10, 2019, 2:17 pm Reply

How have I not seen your channel before today. You remind me of myself except you have a YouTube channel and a good personality and good ideas. Other than that practically the same person.

Joseph Brauer

Oct 10, 2019, 4:44 pm Reply

Brilliant ! ! ! well done . Thanks for sharing that

Larry O’Connor

Oct 10, 2019, 4:59 pm Reply

I've watched two of your videos so far. Great tips. But a question. Still organizing my shop and using shop vacs, rolling them around the shop.What size shop vacuums(Gal), are you using in your shop? Have you made a video on installing these? Again great info. Keep up the great work.

Edy Moss

Oct 10, 2019, 12:17 am Reply

Fantastic, just simply fantastic, thanks

Jim Jacques

Oct 10, 2019, 1:06 pm Reply

I made my connectors by heating PVC pipe with my heat gun and forcing the softened pipe over a wooden circle. This can create both Male and female fittings and is quick and easy after the jig is created.

Michel Ringuette

Oct 10, 2019, 3:18 am Reply



Oct 10, 2019, 12:42 pm Reply

Well done. Smiling all the way! Good close-up.

Marcy RP

Oct 10, 2019, 4:41 am Reply

Okay, I'm impressed, but… as a newbie who is still terrified of a table saw, I realize projects like this are definitely for the more skilled among us! When I watch you guys who know what you're doing, it opens up different avenues of tool usage that I wouldn't have considered and helps me see the possibilities. Still not going to use a table saw, but…. LOL Thanks for sharing your skills!

Tommy .Gibbons

Oct 10, 2019, 1:08 am Reply

I been trying to get this done for 10 yrs. now. It reached the level of a short story. Trifling. Haven’t been able to stay put long enough to put a shop together. Maybe this year- 2020. Your stuff is cool. Over used word for sure, except for you. Thanks, yah I subbed.

Sylvain Grégoire

Oct 10, 2019, 2:31 pm Reply

Great idea but with one shopvac at eatch tool ? i’ll get my self or do my self a cyclone vac system . Less expensive ????


Oct 10, 2019, 4:33 pm Reply

I built the jig. When I went to raise the blade for the first time to set the blade at the right height and the blade was really hard to raise. I took it apart looked at everything. It all seemed right. Tried it again and same thing. It was trying to raise the wood up as if it was binding and the blade would not raise. For sake of not having it all self destruct or sending out a projectile or ruin the saw or blade I had to abandon the project not ever knowing exactly why it failed. Took me 3 hours and it was a bust. Oh well…. Thanks for taking the time to post it.

Dan Man

Oct 10, 2019, 9:20 am Reply

I like your style brother, keep makin' it rain.

Junior Holt

Oct 10, 2019, 6:15 am Reply

Thanks for the video, I'm currently setting up my shop and this is a huge help for dust collection.

Julien L. Beaudoin

Oct 10, 2019, 5:17 pm Reply

like your video, have you tried angling the blade a few degrees to get a tapered fit?

Ben Press

Oct 10, 2019, 11:09 pm Reply

It looks like you have a shop vac for each tool. Why? Why not one big one with vac tubes to each one?


Oct 10, 2019, 4:38 am Reply

Izzy Swan you grew beard

adam adams

Oct 10, 2019, 5:17 pm Reply

It never ceases to amaze me seeing the imagination some of you guys have, very impressive.

Alan Griffiths

Oct 10, 2019, 12:27 am Reply

Why oh why do I never get ideas like these?

bruce sannino

Oct 10, 2019, 12:19 pm Reply

Good video. Not a lot of time watching the star turn a screwdriver, no dramatic music, no pithy insights just the facts. The whole thing seems well worth the effort. I'll be making ten or so all at one go and have them on hand. Well done.

Curious though. What's with all the shop-vacs hanging from the ceiling. I've accumulated four of them myself. They're a lot of aggravation taking up floor space, hoses under foot and AC cords strung around. I've thought about hanging them from the ceiling over specific tools. But then I'd have to climb a ladder to empty them and, to clean or change filters the mess would be overhead and close to my face when servicing the individual vacuum. If you've figured out a better way please bring it on.

Once again, a really good video, good production and good content. Thanks

Ian Gates

Oct 10, 2019, 12:06 am Reply

idk i probly would have put a block in the pipe facened with small screws , put it on the drill press and just sanded with belt sander.

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