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Project by MikeDe posted 02-22-2011 08:23 PM 5540 views 59 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Sanding/Drilling Dust collecting Box for drill presses will eliminate all the sanding dust,
and I mean all the dust, when used with a 4-inch line from a dust collector,
or even the hose from a Shop Vac.
It also works well with Forstner and Spade bits that also create a lot of dust.
I made the 18×15 x 5 ½ -inch box from ¾-inch plywood with some hardwood
glued to the top edge where the dado is. The hardwood can take more abuse
than the plywood when placing the top on and off.
It has an 8-inch square box in the center that also has a hardwood edge
and a 4-inch hose connector that goes out the side of the unit.
The Formica covered ½ -inch MDF top has a 7-inch square hole cut in it,
which allows the use of the 3/16” thick oak inserts that have various
size holes in them to fit the sanding drums.
When not in use, there is room to store the sanding drums under the top.
The two ¾-inch thick cleats hold the box in place when on the drill press table,
which makes removal easy when needed.

16 comments so far

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#1 posted 02-22-2011 08:29 PM

nice! just might build one for myself.

-- >> my shop teacher used to say "do the best at everything you make for your mom because you're going to see it for the rest of your life!" <<

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#2 posted 02-22-2011 10:09 PM

Excellent ideas! Must add to my project list.
Thanks for the ideas and detailed pix.

-- Chuck near Nashville - “All you are unable to give possesses you” (Andre Gide)

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#3 posted 02-22-2011 10:30 PM

well done. I was trying to figure out if something like this would work… you’ve encouraged me to go ahead and give it a try.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#4 posted 02-22-2011 11:16 PM

The only caveat here is the fact that drill press chucks are not designed to withstand side loads.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#5 posted 02-23-2011 12:06 AM

Really nice, such a fine idea.
We had this talk several times about the side loads on drill press, and I think the conclusion is that if you don’t use it full time, and without extreme pressure it’s not a problem, most of the bearings have plenty of strengths for that. If you are nervous, call the maker of the drill press, and ask. I do it and plenty here are doing it, and no one ever reported that it was a problem. (I like to live dangerous, and I am not a drill press engineer).
Best thoughts,

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

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#6 posted 02-23-2011 12:12 AM

oh wow! intelligent, efficient,well made sollution. you don’t want to see the the bailing wire/shop vac rig i had.
thanks for posting yours.

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#7 posted 02-23-2011 12:40 AM

I love it when a “slap your hand against your forehead” sort of solution is not only smart and effective, but looks THAT darned good, too !

Really nice !

My DP backs up to my shop window .. where .. one of those twin-screw, in-the-window fans sits, on exhaust, and blows much of the stuff right outside.

Perfect solution … unless there’s ever a spark ;-)

-- -- Neil

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 02-23-2011 12:45 AM

Nice job on this.

Very well thought out.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 02-23-2011 01:04 AM

very nice drill press sanding table and collector

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#10 posted 02-23-2011 01:27 AM

I need to make a variation of this for my oscillating spindle sander.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#11 posted 02-23-2011 02:36 AM

There you go again! Showing us a shop accessory/necessity that I can only hope to emulate. I must say your work IS impressive and inspiring. Keep up the good/great work and please keep spoon feeding me motivation.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#12 posted 02-23-2011 03:26 AM

Fantastic ideas here …the on-board storage is really cool : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 02-23-2011 05:09 AM

Very smart and well made. It’s on my favorite list. Tks for sharing.

-- Paul, Plantagenet, Ontario

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#14 posted 02-23-2011 06:44 AM

This is a great idea. You definitely put a lot of thought into the project.

-- Even if we don't know how, we can still try.

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#15 posted 02-23-2011 05:50 PM

That’s an awesome dust collector / drill press table / drill bit cabinet. ;-)

Brilliant idea. Adding to favorites.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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