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Drill-press desk with mud assortment

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Synopsis: This shopmade drill-press desk has a built-in mud field beneath the work floor. Slots within the floor enable mud to get sucked down into the field and out the dust-collection hose. Workpieces bigger than the desk profit from the suction, too, because it holds them in place, after which simply collects the chips afterward.

Just a few years in the past, after years of working wooden with out mud assortment, I lastly connected all my stationary machines to a mud collector—all besides my drill press. I searched on-line however couldn’t discover merchandise or articles that addressed drill press mud assortment. I’d seen some plastic fittings that individuals use on the tip of their 4-in. flex hose to attempt to catch some chips, however that didn’t seem to be an important resolution.

I made a decision to make my very own drill-press desk, one with a built-in mud field beneath the work floor. I designed it with two slots by means of the work floor, so chips get sucked down into the mud field and out the dust-collection hose. Once I drill narrower workpieces, the chips go proper down the slots as I’m drilling. Once I drill plywood and different massive items that cowl the slots, the vacuum power acts like a clamp, serving to maintain the workpiece in place whereas I drill. (It was a contented accident—I want I may say I meant it.) In that case the chips keep on the panel, and once I’m carried out drilling I simply slide the workpiece out from below the bit, tilt it up, and the mess disappears down the slots.

Dry assembly. He screws on the top without glue so he’ll be able to remove it in the future to access the dust box and dust hose if need be.

As I thought of my drilling course of, I remembered that I virtually at all times have a sacrificial backer board beneath the workpiece to make sure a clear, splinter-free exit on the holes I bore. That works properly, however I noticed that on my new desk the backer board would cowl the vacuum slots. To deal with that difficulty, I made a decision to construct a slender sacrificial backer strip into the highest of my new desk. I minimize a shallow dovetailed keyway down the middle of the highest from entrance to again, and I fitted it with a dovetailed hardwood strip. Now when one part of the backer strip has been drilled too many instances, I slide the strip partway in or out—or pull it out and switch it finish for finish—to current a contemporary part.

Along with slicing the vacuum slots and the dovetailed keyway within the prime, I dadoed it for T-tracks to just accept my drill-press fence. 

Drill Press Table with Dust sprd imageFrom Positive Woodworking #293

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