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Forum topic by CharlesA posted 04-01-2015 02:16 PM 1573 views 0 times favorited 30 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CharlesA

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04-01-2015 02:16 PM

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I have a sturdy, homemade SYP workbench. I have not taken time to put in drawers because I want to take time to make things I like. So, I have a simple shelf that works pretty well, except for one thing: sawdust, shavings, and chips go through the dog holes and get over everything on the shelf. With my improved dust collection, the only surface covered with sawdust, etc. are the items on my shelf.

Absent building in drawers, anybody else had this problem and developed a solution?

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson


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mcg1990

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#1 posted 04-01-2015 02:32 PM

Make some little blocks that’ll slide in and sit flush with the table. When you need to remove them to use the doghole just drive a screw into it and lift it out holding the screw.

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#2 posted 04-01-2015 02:35 PM

Add a sloped shelf a couple of inches below the bottom of the workbench top. Let the sawdust and shavings fall through to the sloped shelf and then vacuum them up.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#3 posted 04-01-2015 02:40 PM

Had same first thought as WoodNSawdust…

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#4 posted 04-01-2015 02:42 PM

I do have drawers, and have the same issue. Did not build in a “dust cover”, and don’t have room to add one. Thought about various solutions like those above but haven’t came up with one I like – they all have drawbacks that are more trouble than the benefit provided, so I just keep cleaning out the chips. Good luck!

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#5 posted 04-01-2015 02:48 PM

I have the same bench with the same problem, only I added 2 drawers under the bench. So thinking fast I put a strip of duck tape on the under side of the holes. No saw dust in the drawers…but the damned holes fill up. Sigh!

-- Mark

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#6 posted 04-01-2015 03:04 PM

I suppose if one were building a bench, one could add 1-inch deep drawers just to catch the sawdust.

... or install pvc pipe with elbows going to a dust-collection port.

You’ve got me thinking. If I ever build a bench…

Actually, I have 2 cheap HF benches – and dust falls into the drawers all the time. I just live with it.

-Paul

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#7 posted 04-01-2015 03:20 PM

Charles, I’m finshing my bench and ran into the same problem. My plan was to do what WoodNSawdust said. A couple cleats screwed underneath, and then some 1/2” ply at an angle on them. That way, if I dropped anything through, I could retrieve it without losing it.

I’m anxious to see your bench. I’ve liked your other projects, so I’m assuming it’ll be good.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#8 posted 04-01-2015 03:36 PM

When I build my bench, I plan to add a cabinet underneath with about a 2 to 3 inch gap between the bottom of the top and the top of the cabinet. I hadn’t thought of angling it, but it would collect the dust and shavings that I could easily vacuum out. I may also store some long clamps there, too.

Here is an idea of what I am talking about:

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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#9 posted 04-01-2015 05:28 PM


I suppose if one were building a bench, one could add 1-inch deep drawers just to catch the sawdust.

... or install pvc pipe with elbows going to a dust-collection port.

-Paul

Paul’s got the idea. Except, a dedicated hose to each hole with a jumble of hoses and connections underneath. It could be featured by Veritas a year from today.

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bondogaposis

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#10 posted 04-01-2015 05:37 PM

Put dogs in every hole. Otherwise of course, you could use drip irrigation hose and run little dust ports to each dog hole, but that would be a little April foolish.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#11 posted 04-01-2015 05:39 PM

One end of my workbench i monuted a roll of paper, somewhat like the beds of a doctor’s office.The roll is about $11 at Lowes and last a pretty long time, when it gets dirty I cut it and pull out some more.

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#12 posted 04-01-2015 07:55 PM

I like the roll of paper idea.

Then you can make sketches on it etc.

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#13 posted 04-01-2015 09:50 PM

The problem with having a shelf or drawers only an inch below the bench top is that it’ll be a pain to reach under and pop up dogs if you want them. It also prevents you from using holdfasts.

It wouldn’t be a problem you only use dogs with a large head that don’t drop down under the bench surface and never intend to use holdfasts. In that case then don’t worry about it. But I can’t imagine not using holdfasts.

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#14 posted 04-02-2015 12:56 AM

I made my bench from scratch, I don’t have drawers, just a shelf and crap drops down all the time, not to mention getting blown from the side by the dehumidifier. I just use one of the old table cloths wifey tossed a couple yrs back.

-- I meant to do that!

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#15 posted 04-02-2015 02:09 AM



I like the roll of paper idea.

Then you can make sketches on it etc.
For sure I do it all the time, the roll is longer than my bench is wide so I cut on the miter and use the cut off from roll for glue ups to keep my clamps clean. Its brown paper and pretty thick too.

- Ocelot


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