|Project by tyvekboy||posted 393 days ago||4048 views||44 times favorited||15 comments|
Feb 7, 2013
I don’t know how many of you have bought or considering to buy a 2-1/2 inch flex form hose kit to use as a way to control the dust/chips on your drill press. The picture of it looks good but it doesn’t really give you a solution on how to set it up.
Here is my solution and I hope it helps you setup your dust collection on your drill press.
First you have to start by making some way to mount it to your drill press. I made a mounting clamp that is attached to the drill press column near the head of the drill press. I could add a description of how to make this but I’m going to assume you are like me and can look at a picture and figure it out. I glued two 3/4 inch pieces of plywood to get the thickness of my clamp and you may see why this is key layer.
HINT: Glue two pieces of plywood together. Drill 1/8 inch pilot holes through the glued up block (where bolts that will secure the column clamp to the drill press column will pass) after glue sets up before ripping lengthwise. This will aid in drilling matching holes later. Rough cut half of hole in each part and finish with template, router and flush trim bit. Counter sink and drill as required for clamp attachment bolts using the 1/8 inch pilot holes previously drilled. I used 3/8 inch threaded rods and threaded knobs to attach my column clamp to the drill press.
After the column clamp is made, you can then make the articulated arm which consist of pieces that I’ll call links and 1/2 hex head bolts 3-1/2 inch long, nuts and washers.
Start by making a template of a link like the one shown. It will be faster if you make more templates and make the links in batches of 4 or more. Each template will have two center holes about 4 inches apart thru which a #6×3/4 inch screw is used to fasten the template to a piece of 3/4 inch plywood. Rough cut on bandsaw just outside of the template and finish up with flush trim bit in router following the template. The area around the screw holes are 2 inches in diameter.
After removing the template, drill 1/2 inch hole and round over edges.
Make more links than you think you need. You’ll never know when you might need to make more of these articulated arms for your shop.
After enough links are made, start assembling the articulated arm with the nuts, bolts and washers as shown below. You’ll have to determine how long to make the articulated arm but since it is so modular, it’s easy to make it longer or shorter.
Choose one of the long arms of the column clamp and drill a 1/2 inch hole to secure one end of the articulated arm. Now you know why using two pieces of 3/4 inch plywood to make the column clamp is key. Also note the front of the clamp is shorter than the back of the clamp. That allows clearance for the lever handles to rotate.
Attach your articulated arm to the hole just drilled.
You now need to make a hose transition piece to put at the other end of the arm. This piece is shown below and consists of a shop vac hose splice clamped in position.
Attach the hose transition piece to the other end of the articulated arm.
The vaccum hose is attach on one end …
... and the other end gets the flex form hose.
If you don’t have a light built into your drill press, you can use the other arm of the column clamp to attach an articulated arm to which you can attach a light. If you already have a light, you can use the other arm to mount some sort of drill holder (articulated or not).
Happy drilling and I hope this sucks for you.
All comments and questions welcomed and encouraged.
Thanks for viewing.
-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA