I like to beat dust and wood chips by capturing them right at the source.

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I like to beat dust and wood chips by capturing them right at the source. So I built the flexible drill-press dust-collection system shown at right with a few feet of heavy-gauge electrical wire and a jumbo hose clamp. (Look for this clamp in the automotive or plumbing aisle at your hardware store.)

For this application, I found that solid-copper wire offers the best combination of strength and flexibility, allowing me to easily position the hose's nozzle. You can use either insulated or bare copper wire.
—John Patrician, Abington, Mass.