Drill Press table with dust collection

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Forum topic by Medickep posted 10-29-2014 04:46 PM 4398 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-29-2014 04:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resource drill press table drill press dust collection

I was wondering if anyone had any good ideas for a drill press table with DC that I good borrow/steal. I purchased the HF one for real cheap, knowing I wouldn’t have it forever. It came with enough hardware that would of exceeded the cost of the table somewhere else.

I wanted to setup some dust collection for it and thought I had a great idea by cutting an opening in the fence and attaching a dust shoot, similar to the one on my router fence. I realized my idea wasn’t so bright when I discovered the shoot hit the main bar of my table top drill press when the press was over the top of the fence (doah!!)

The table moves a little, even when I wrench it down and now some of the screws underneath are popping out, so a redo is needed!

Any help is appreciated!


-- Keith

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#1 posted 10-29-2014 05:10 PM

good you found that problem,I was about to do that to mine!

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#2 posted 10-29-2014 05:16 PM

I have a similar table made for my Grizzly drill press, and mine doesn’t have DC at all either, so that’s my perspective. What sort of things are you doing with your drill press? For the standard cuts one would make with that, I’m not sure heavy duty dust collection is necessary. I just let the shavings fall where they may and vacuum up afterwards. Of course, I do understand the desire to be tidy and clean where you can, so more power to you for trying. If it were me, I’d maybe think about having some sort of adjustable attachment, similar to the little blower hoses on some scroll saws, but instead of blowing it would suck ;) Best of luck with this, and let us know if you find something that works for you!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#3 posted 10-29-2014 05:22 PM

I’ve seen lots of solutions on the woodmagazine website. Here’s one that looked really simple.

Another involves clamping an adjustable PVC nozzle to the column. I couldn’t find that one though.

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#4 posted 10-29-2014 06:04 PM

Here’s my drill press w/ a drawer and dust collection I made about 12 years ago….I built a box to sit on top of the table (my table is round…), and bolted it to the table….it has a small drawer to hold wrenches, auger bits, drills, etc.The drawer is one half of the box, and the back half is dust collection….I cut a 2 1/2” hole in the side, and the hose fits inside to collect the chips and dust…..Used a reducer and hooked it up to my dust collector…..The top is laminated (as you can see in the pictures) with T-Tracks, and a hole for the chips and dust to fall in and get collected by suction of the d.c…....It works pretty well, and you have no impedence…Just turn it on, rake the debree in the hole, and you’re good to go…Very little clean-up…..

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#5 posted 10-29-2014 06:15 PM

I don’t have a great solution, but it works well enough. I have a duct coming down behind the drill press. I attached to it that rigid flex hose (how’s that for an oxmoron), the kind that keeps it’s shape. I then snake it around until it is coming horizontal in from of the fence right up to the bit. I often hold it in place with my little/ring finger on my left hand. If it doesn’t get it all at first, I just move it around after the cut to get the rest. It’s not as automatic as my other machines, but in the end does the job.

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#6 posted 10-29-2014 06:51 PM

I don’t have a dp table, but I have dc at the dp. I hook up a 4” dc hose and position the flex hose where needed.

I use this with a 4” coupler and a bracket made from leftover plywood. It is available in 2 & 1/2” hose.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#7 posted 10-29-2014 07:57 PM

Thanks for all of the replies!!


I do let it go everywhere now and I get annoyed when the dust flies around the machine, behind it as well as on the stuff underneath it. Might not be necessary for this tool, but half the stuff I’ve done could be said the same!


I believe I saw yours and was going to copy it before I was drawn by the cheapest of the HF….But we all know the saying.

The one down fall is that mine is not that tall so I would have to make a much smaller scale one. Do you find the one hole adequate for collecting the dust?

Thanks again everyone!

-- Keith

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#8 posted 10-29-2014 09:37 PM

Here ya go, Keith.

My table has worked great for me. The dust collection is for sanding operations. I will need to do something about dust collection while I am drilling or boring.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#9 posted 10-29-2014 11:06 PM

I came across this blog on the Steel City website a while back and was interested in trying it myself:

Honestly, I have no idea how well it might work as I haven’t done it myself, but it’s a pretty good writeup on what he did so you might be able to extract some useful information out of it. The author is claiming around 95% efficiency after the redesigns; sounds pretty good to me.

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#10 posted 10-30-2014 01:48 AM

Keith…..You asked about the hole in my table, and do I find it big enough…..Yes, as it’s 2 1/2” in diameter….Hard to tell in the pixs, but it handles the d.c. pretty good, and with the hose tied into the d.c, it ’s really got the suction when all other gates are closed…..Good luck with whatever you decide to build…..

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#11 posted 10-30-2014 04:08 PM

hairy, I kick around a idea like yours where I got hung up is how do you keep the hose near the drilling?

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#12 posted 01-11-2015 11:54 PM

All right this is an old topic created by me, so I’m hoping there are some subscribers still out there. I finally ordered a Rigid 15” drill press, so I’m already racking my brain on a design similar to Ricks’.

I was wondering if anyone could give me a good reason for having the T track span the entire width of the table. I can see maybe having it for extra clamps, but I can imagine ever having the fence pass the point where the drill press lowers, closer to the user.


-- Keith

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#13 posted 01-28-2015 05:38 PM

Thanks to everyone for the help and suggestion!! Here’s the link to my completed project!! I love this site!

-- Keith

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