Drill press table and much more! #2: Making the vacuum hose holder (diy) blog

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Blog entry by mafe posted 08-20-2010 12:54 PM 30209 reads 11 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Making the vacuumhose holder!
This story are based on a real bench drillpress, all you see are reality, and all at your own risk…

So this is the result! Just to make it easier to understand where we are going.

First cut some scraps up in good sizes, and thickness… At least a little wider than your vacuumhose, you need two pieces.

Bore a hole that match the size of the hose in one, and a hole that match your drillpress colom in the other.

This is a hole!!!

This is some wonderful old tools to make holes… (got them on e-bay for 18$ with shipping).
Sorry this has nothing to do with the blog.

Make a cut in your plywood pieces, that goes from the side and all the way into the hole.

I found some rubber hose, to put on the edge, to make it hold better, but it was acually not needed…

And now a test set up!

Some rounding on the sander, and it looks fine.
The bit’s and pieces for next stop are, a threaded rod, and some selfholding nuts, and some wingnuts.

Now drill a hole through the block for the drillpress table colom, that fits the threaded rod, here it will be fine to use your drillpress table…
(that is if you made first part first ofcourse).

Drill a matching hole in the vacuum hose holder.

Cut of a piece of rod, that can go through both the holder, the two bolts and the hose mount (not like me on the picture, to forget first the hose mount and end up with a wonderful useless short thing!!!).

Cut the rod (sounds like a rap song).

Mount the selftightening bolt in one end.

Run it through and ad a washer.

And Viola! Here we go again…

Some final adjustments.

Time for treatment, I give it a little beeswax.

Mount it on the drillpress.
(I took of the motor).

And the wauuuu effect are there.

And now holes without dust.

I used it now a few times, and it works perfectly well – but I’m quite lazy, since I don’t have a fixed suction system in my shop, so I have to move the suction from machine to machine.
(this might be one of the next improvements).

You can see, my how to make the table blog drillpress table and much more! here.

Hope it can be to some inspiration,

Best of thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

10 comments so far

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#1 posted 08-20-2010 01:48 PM

Nice design. One thing that would make it easier to build, when you make the clamp for the post of the drill press (to avoid having to completely remove the top of your drill press) drill for a bolt hole on both sides of the hole for the post, make 2 bolts, then simply cut the clamp in half. Install your bolts and as they say,”Bob’s your uncle.”

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#2 posted 08-20-2010 02:38 PM

Just brilliant!

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#3 posted 08-20-2010 08:01 PM

Hi guys,
‘Bob is your uncle’! I laugh. But imagine all the threads I have to cut in pieces then…
Best thoughts and thank you,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#4 posted 08-20-2010 10:01 PM

Do you ever sleep Mads? Seems to me you are busy improving that shop of yours ALL the time!! ;^)

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#5 posted 08-21-2010 10:30 AM

Hey that is a great idea, It was only today that i put off using the drill press to sand something because of all the dust it would have made.

I might just have to do this.

-- Theresa,

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#6 posted 08-21-2010 03:41 PM

Hi Div and TJ,
Yes the never ending story… It’s just wonderful.
I’m glad TJ if you can use this, it will make me happy.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#7 posted 08-25-2010 02:14 PM

I can really appreciate a person who spends as much time making fixtures and items “for” the shop; to make it easier to work “in” the shop. Good work Mads. I, like Div wonder when you sleep. Seeing the roll of drills reminds me of a wonderful set of auger bits for a brace I bought awhile back. Still in original wooden storage box, all in excellent, (like new) condition. 1/4” to 1”.

Keep up the great work, you do inspire many of us.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#8 posted 08-26-2010 01:26 AM

Hi Dr Ken,
Thank you, and yes I love it! I’m not sure I’ll ever get down to woodworking…
Ahhh some one noticed those beautiful drills, for me this was really a bargain, and just the toolroll with this beautiful patina… Don’t get me started.
Best thoughts from your almost little brother,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#9 posted 04-05-2011 05:07 PM

That is a good addition to the drill press always trying to rig something up
Thank you David

-- David ; "BE SAFE BE HAPPY" Brockport , NY

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#10 posted 04-06-2011 06:22 PM

Thank you huntter2022.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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