Drill Press Shield




About: I'm a computer nerd with a degree in Computer Science that enjoys making things in my spare time. Many of the things I build are multipurpose. Most of the time I don't think about making an instructable on s...

For a while now I have been using my drill press with a wire wheel brush to remove surface rust from old tools I found in my Aunt's attic along with other old tools i had been given from other family members. I got tired of having to clean the dust off of my tools on the peg board or workbench. I had an extra walker from when I built my work bench chair and I looked like a good base for making a shield for my drill press.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

Material List:

  • 1/8 inch particle board
  • walker
  • zip ties


  • Drill
  • 1/4 inch drill bit
  • Saber saw

Step 2: Sides

I started out by tracing the outside of the walker onto the particle board. I stopped just above the rubber feet on the bottom and at the top bar below the handle of the walker. I connected the lines at the bottom of the tracing and where I had some gaps from tracing around the walker. then I repeated the process for the other side. Don't forget to mark some places to drill holes for the zip ties to run through and go around the bars.

Step 3: Cutting and Drilling the Sides

I gonna tell you to use common sense when you cut the sides out for the shield. If you don't want to cut something then keep it away from the blade. If you don't want anything in your eyes then cover them with a see through material.

Follow the lines you drew on the board with the saber saw to cut the board out and then use the marks you made earlier to drill holes for the zip ties.

Step 4: Attaching the Sides

Now you are going to zip tie the sides to the walker and you are almost done.

Step 5: Top and Back

I have been hanging a towel on the front of the walker to block dust from getting out. Sometimes I will lay a towel across the top of the walker. This will probably be the my solution for the near future until I can find some more 1/8 inch board for the front of the walker. Also as an added bonus it works as a pretty good paint booth for small things to spray paint. All I do is put a piece of wood across the sides of the walker and hang whatever I am painting at the time.

Step 6: Adding the Back Piece

I built a new workbench (which should be up soon) and used the wood from my old workbench. On the old workbench I had some 1/8 board and decided to use it for the back of my drill press shield. So I traced out the back of the walker and marked some places where I thought I would drill some holes. I cut out the board and drilled some of the holes for the zip ties. Then I zip tied it to the walker like I did for the side pieces. You'll notice that the bottom of the back piece is not tied down and I have no reason why I did that.

Step 7: Upper Back Piece

After putting the back piece on I decided to cover up the space between the bars toward the top of the walker. So I repeated what I've been doing so far and cut it out and drilled some holes. Then like everything else it got zip tied into place.

Step 8:

Here I wanted to cover up the gap between the back panels. So, I used some duct tape. Nothing else to say here, it's pretty self explanatory.

Step 9: The Final Product



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    8 Discussions


    3 years ago on Introduction

    I wish I had the room to use something like that in my workshop. It would have saved a motor on one of my other grinders. The wire wheel on my one grinder shot a wire into the motor of another grinder, and when I turned that grinder on it burnt up. But the bench that I keep a lot of my grinders on is just packed too tightly with tools to put a walker up on it.

    If you think the rust dust coming off your bench grinder is something I should come over with my 7/9 angle grinder with a 4" cup brush on it, and clean some rusty structural steel in your workshop. ha ha! You'd think the wild Tasmanian Devil was going through your shop then!

    Can you say 50 times the dust? Because it can. You won't find any tools hanging on pegboard in my workshop, because I don't like dusty tools either. But I accept that dust comes with the territory in a workshop. That is why I keep the bulk of my hand tools in a roller box.

    I have gotten the rust cloud so thick in my shop that I've had to evacuate, until it settled out. Then you put an exhaust fan in a window, and use an air blow gun to shoot it out. If you keep the cloud in front of you it isn't bad. But while I am wire wheeling stock there's no way to control it then. Maybe if I had a big fume hood?

    Some guys got those for welding fumes.

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    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah most of the grinding I do is to remove paint or rust off small objects but I am working on an air evacuation fan the uses a squirrel cage blower to somehow to suck dust filled air out of my workroom or it may end up being used as a whole house fan. I haven't decided yet.


    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    I bought a squirrel cage at a garage sale a while back, But it has some weird motor on it with loads of wires coming out of it. I think it is a multi speed induction motor? I have not looked at it too closely yet. I bought it thinking about using it for dust extraction, but I found out that squirrel cages are no good for that. Impeller fans are better. So it might be good as a fume extractor? That squirrel cage I picked up is a pretty big one.

    I usually only cloud my workshop out really badly a few times year. I only get the metal bug once in a while, so I just do a couple metal projects a year. I finished one up not too long ago now. The stock in that project was rusty. So I had a good cloud going cleaning it up. It was the last metal project I did


    On the arms the pits still show a lot I think. That vise was a mess when I bought it too. So paint, and rust had to come off of it.


    Yummy! I never have to worry about being iron deficient I guess? If rust is really bad I'll hand scrape some of the heavy stuff off first. Hand scraping throws the rust around less. That's something I learned over time. Then when most of the thick stuff is gone, I'll use the cup brush to polish out the rest.


    3 years ago on Step 5

    Great idea! I need to get my hands on a walker somehow...

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    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Thrift stores are loaded with walkers. $5 is the going rate.


    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    That's where I got both of mine. Thrift stores is where I get a lot of things to repurpose.


    3 years ago on Introduction

    good idea, Im going to use this for a small spray paint booth to keep over spray from going every where.... thanks

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    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks, the spray booth idea was an afterthought when I built this to paint the parts I had just gotten the rust off of.