Drum-Sander Dust Collector
Capture the dust that flies off a sanding drum before it ﬁlls your shop and lungs! All you need is your shop vacuum, a 3 x 2-in. PVC reducing coupling ($1.35) and a pot magnet ($4). Bolt the magnet to the coupling and put the coupling over the end of the vacuum hose. A 2-1/4 in. dia. shop vacuum hose ﬁts snugly inside the coupling’s smaller end without clamps or glue. Then just set the hose on the drill press’s metal table and let the shop vacuum eat your dust. You can use this setup on any power tool with a metal table.
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No-Slide Miter Fence
Reader Ed Dies has a smart idea: Press strips of stair tread safety tape on your table saw’s miter gauge fence. The tape’s rough surface keeps the board from sliding after you’ve lined it up for a cut. And both the adhesive and abrasive are tougher than self-stick sandpaper’s, so these no-slide strips should last the life of the miter fence.
The Well-Clamped Work Table
When you make a table for a portable workbench with a clamping top, bevel the edges of the auxillary table’s cleats at 10 degrees. Beveled cleats will keep it from popping up when you’re working.
And using two cleats on the outside, instead of one in the middle, lets you store the table flat between jobs.