|Project by jfk4032||posted 10-05-2014 12:43 PM||3869 views||12 times favorited||10 comments|
Wanting to build a downdraft/outfeed table for a while now since I do a lot of sanding/shaping/carving with my intarsia, I searched LJ and the internet for ideas. I was happy with a style that I found through Clint Wenthur, the link to his project blog is here: http://wenthurs.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html and to his complete photo album here:
Thanks Clint for the inspiration and insight.
I changed and modified his style a little to better fit my needs…mine is on locking castor wheels, has an overhanging table top to easily clamp on carving tools/sanding accessories, and a metal screen running underneath the holes to capture any small intarsia pieces that may slip out of my hand and can be saved!
I started with a repurposed furnace blower my brother-in-law gave to me. After initially setting it up, the motor was bad so I decided to also upgrade the power at the same time and make it a multispeed motor…the new motor is 1hp up from .5 hp and is 3 speed compared to one speed. The local Grainger outlet was super in helping me out to order the correct motor and multiple speed switch.
The case is made out of plywood with some 2×4 sections internally for bracing. I used two sets of 20”x20” screens, one set disposable and the more durable reusable/washable kind. There is also a 4” dust collection port that allows for the dust trap area to be periodically cleaned out.
I put on a quad outlet to be able to plug in all of my hand sanding/carving tools and dedicated a 15amp circuit for everything. A big thanks to Ron F. for helping me with the wiring of the fan and running the dedicated circuit to it.
This table was also designed to be the same height as my table saw to help me more safely cut sheet goods and longer planks. It works great, isn’t that loud and it really sucks!
-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!