|Project by RussInMichigan||posted 07-07-2014 05:24 PM||2557 views||7 times favorited||7 comments|
I make some large wooden puzzles and no matter how small the blade and no matter how slow the feed, there is always some tear out on the back of the pieces. So, I have to sand. I like the idea of a downdraft sanding table, but I do not have space for something large or for something permanent that would eat up floor space. I only have as couple hundred square feet to work with, so every square inch is precious. That said, I still need to sand and it is a major hassle to do the sanding, making a big dusty mess in the process, and, follow that up with cleaning.
I recently redesigned and rebuilt my kitchen silverware drawer, new drawer box, new dividers, the whole nine yards. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/102048
Well, the old drawer box was still solid, and it turned out to be a good choice for a portable and not-too-big downdraft sanding table. It’s about 18” by 23” so I can conveniently tuck it out of the way.
I put a hole in one end to accept a 2” dust collection hose. Then, I ran a scrap of old plywood diagonally from the drawer bottom under the dust collection hole to the top of the side opposite the hole. The top is a double layer of pegboard with quarter inch holes.
I really like this thing. It makes sanding puzzle pieces a breeze, so to speak,(or is that a downdraft?) and I feel comfortable not wearing a dust mask while using it. I run the hose to my cyclone dust collector and the messy cleanup after puzzle sanding is a thing of the past.
Enjoy your day, lumberjocks,