Introduction: Drill Press Hose Mount

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I wanted a way to quickly mount the hose of my Shop-Vac to my drill press so I could have it suck up dust while I was drilling. I thought of this quick and simple solution. It took less than 15 minutes to build.

And after I used it a few times it broke. So I developed an alternate stategy which I've added to this Instructable. I'll refer to this alternate method as Version 2 in all subsequent steps.

After I used Version 2 for nine months the plastic clamp shattered. Inspired by this partial success I made Version 3 which is based on a metal clamp.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

You'll need to following materials to build this mount:

Version 1

* A plastic spring clamp
* A hose clamp
* A rivet

Version 2

* A plastic spring clamp
* A hose clamp
* A small screw with lock washer and nut

Version 3

* A metal spring clamp
* A hose clamp
* A small screw with lock washer and nut

You'll need the following tools:

* Markers
* A drill and drill bit
* A rivet gun
* Files
* A metal punch
* Ballpean hammer
* Flat head screw driver
* Clamps

For Version 2 you'll need a Phillips head screw driver and drill bit sizer as well.

Version 3 requires a Phillips head screw driver, drill bit sizer, a large spring clamp, and a pair of bent needle nose pliers.

Step 2: Marking & Drilling the Spring Clamp

To make the mount you need to attach the hose clamp to the spring clamp with a pop rivet. This means you'll need holes in both clamps for the rivet to pass through. Mark a spot on each clamp where you want the rivet to pass through.

When you've made your mark use a drill with a bit that corresponds to the diameter of your rivet (1/8" in my case) to drill a hole in the spring clamp. The hose clamp is a little trickier so we'll talk about that in the next step.

For Version 2 & Version 3 you would use a bit that corresponds to the size of the screw that will hold the clamps together. Use a drill bit sizer to determine the diameter of the screw.

Version 3 requires you to drill through a metal clamp. To prevent the drill bit from walking use a metal punch and ballpeen hammer to dent the clamp. Then drill the hole.

Step 3: Drilling the Hose Clamp

Drilling a metal hose clamp is a little trickier than plastic. To keep the drill bit from walking use a metal punch and ballpean hammer to make a small dent on the mark you made in the last step.

With that done use a flat head screw driver to open the hose clamp completely. Next clamp the opened hose clamp to a surface that you can drill on. I used the deck of my drill press, but a piece of scrap wood would work too. I just held it there by hand beacuase my shop is unheated and I was in a rush. Luckily I was wearing gloves so when it spun it didn't cut me. Don't be dumb like me. Clamp it down!!!

Use files to clean scrap metal from the hole until the rivet (screw if building Version 2) passes through the clamp easily.

This step remains the same for Versions 2 & 3.

Step 4: Rivet (Version 1) or Screw (Version 2 & Version 3)

Version 1

Pass the rivet through the hole of the hose clamp and then into the spring clamp. Make sure the hose clamp is aligned perpendicular to the opening of the spring clamp jaws. Hold the clamps in this orientation with your hand and use the pop rivet gun to expand the rivet.

Version 2

Clamp your spring clamp on the edge of your work bench and then apply a larger clamp to the handle. This will give you more room to work when joining the hose clamp and spring clamp together. Now slide the spring clamp off the work bench so it is held open. Pass your screw through the hose clamp and the spring clamp. With that done hold the nut onto the end of the screw and tighten the screw into the nut using a screw driver. As you feel the connection tightening make sure the hose clamp is oriented properly. Continue to tighten the screw until it no longer moves.

Version 3

Pass the screw with the lock washer through the hose clamp. Then feed this through the metal spring clamp. Use a large spring clamp to hold the metal spring clamp open so the the shaft of the screw is exposed. Thread the nut onto the end of the screw and move it down until the nut is agianst the metal clamp. Hold the nut in place with bent needle nose pliers and tighten with a screw driver.

With the spring and hose clamps successfully joined close the hose clamp around the hose of your Shop-Vac and clamp it to the deck of your drill press. Exact positioning will depend on what you're drilling and how it is secured.