Drill press shop vac holder

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Project by pfleming posted 03-19-2016 09:41 PM 1556 views 3 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

They say that necessity is the mother of all inventions, and today was a prime example. I spent part of last weekend, and this weekend, cleaning, rearranging, and enclosing the bathroom in the shop. As I was about to use my drill press today, I really didn’t want to make another mess on the floor, so I figured I could use my little 5 gallon shop vac as a dedicated drill press chip collector. Fine dust will clog the filter in a minute, but it should be fine for drill press chips, and I don’t use it for anything else anyway. The problem is, the hose is so small and flexible that it was difficult to clamp it to the drill press without practically collapsing the hose…...that’s when the hose holder was born :0) I’ve seen something like this before, but not sure where. I simply took a scrap piece of 2×4”, measured the diameter of my shop vac hose (not the solid part, but the flexible hose part), mine was 1 1/2”, then I used a hole saw to bore a hole in the 2×4” the same size as the hose diameter. I cut the 2×4” off just below the hole, and made a cut through the center of the hole with my band saw. I drilled the holes to connect the two pieces after I cut them in half, but it probably would have been easier to drill them before I cut it. The fence on my drill press is 3/4” thick, so I cut a scrap piece of 1/4” and 1/2” ply, that I happened to have on hand, the same width, and about twice the length, of the 2×4” with the hole in it (while it’s standing upright). This will give you a ledge sticking out from under the 2×4” to clamp or, in my case, I drilled a 1/4” hole in it so I could add a bolt and knob to secure it in the t-track on my drill press table. This thing works like a charm. I didn’t tighten the screws all the way down because I wanted to be able to move the hose back and forth in the clamp without loosening the screws every time, depending on where I have my fence located on the table. Hope this helps someone else who may be fighting for a cleaner shop environment.

-- Patrick, Mississippi

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