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shop vacuum #2: down draft table

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Blog entry by patron posted 1567 days ago 2936 reads 2 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: DUST EXTRACTION , THE MIDDLE YEARS Part 2 of shop vacuum series no next part

well here is the next segment , culminating in a downdraft table .
i had a 6” tube , that i brought down to and thru the floor ,
and under the floor to back up inside my workbench ,
as i didn’t want to be tripping over it , or bang it all up .

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here i had to change to a 5” tube , as that is the only gate that i had ,
so i put a ‘y’ there . and did a take off for any other future tools .
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i cut a rectangle in the top of the workbench , roughly 2’x3 1/2’ ,
and rabetted the edges , then filled in all sides ,
and added a three way notched board to accept some removable rails ,
to support the new top .

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after it was all hooked up , i put the ’ pegboard ’ in the rabbet ,
resting on the rails .

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and tried it out with some smoke , ” it worked ”!

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next i took the ’ lazy larry ’ i tried to make with a fancy inlay ,
( i just don’t have his touch ) , so i left it square .

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and put my suburst table on it that needed more sanding .
instead of reaching and walking around it ,
i can turn the work to the sanding downdraft .

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the slipery pegboard got my router mat , that has holes in it ,
to let the dust thru ,it keeps any work on it from slipping , and from scratching .

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to ‘choke’ the air down , any flat sheet of cardboard or ply will
cover some of the holes , and let the air concentrate on the place you want .

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well it works , so i can now use the shop without having so much dust
floating around the house .
now i can do some things that are piling up ,
like make some more tutorials and projects .
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thanks for looking ,
and work safe !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle



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Padre

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#1 posted 1567 days ago

Really, really nice Patron. You do some beautiful work my friend.

-- Chip -----------http://www.penmanchip.com-----------------Micah 6:8

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donjoe

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#2 posted 1567 days ago

David I know the blog is about the downdraft table but that sunburst table is beautiful.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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patron

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#3 posted 1567 days ago

donjoe ,
there is a 5 part build series here ,
http://lumberjocks.com/patron/blog/11242
thanks guys !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Rasta

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#4 posted 1567 days ago

How big of a dust collector is connected to that downdraft table?

-- Roscoe in Iowa

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littlecope

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#5 posted 1567 days ago

Your Vacuum Set-up keeps looking better and better, David, Great Work!!
But what’s with the band-aid?!
I thought I told you to be careful out there, Young Man…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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webwood

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#6 posted 1567 days ago

go super dave—go

-- -erik & christy-

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dustbunny

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#7 posted 1567 days ago

Looks like you’ve been busy.
Love the design of the down draft table,
and it works….SUPER ;)

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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patron

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#8 posted 1567 days ago

rasta ,
it is a 2 hp from penn industries
!http://www.pennstateind.com/store/DC250SEMB.html

cope ,
it is some DNA i had to sign this with ,
screw tip jumped out of the screw !

lisa good to hear about the sander ,
YOU GO , GIRL !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Jimi_C

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#9 posted 1567 days ago

Nice idea, my only fear would be that with some heavy sanding, the small bore of the peg holes would lead to some clogging over time. Easy enough to fix if it happens though.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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mikethetermite

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#10 posted 1567 days ago

Nice downdraft table. Just another one of your great ideas I need to try.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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patron

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#11 posted 1567 days ago

sorry rasta ,
http://www.pennstateind.com/store/DC250SEMB.html

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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a1Jim

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#12 posted 1567 days ago

Looks great David just don’t get your face to close to that down draft table. LOL
Super Job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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nmkidd

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#13 posted 1567 days ago

never seen a square ‘lazy larry’..........as long as it works…go for it!!!

your making great progress my friend…......it will all be complete soon!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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BarryW

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#14 posted 1567 days ago

a great tool, David…something I’d like to have in future years.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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ND2ELK

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#15 posted 1567 days ago

Good idea David. It looks like it wil serve you well. I am thinking about doing this between my 52” rip arms on my table saw. Do you think that would work? Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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