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.
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.
From Positive Woodworking #293
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