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Project by MikeSpanky posted 10-09-2014 01:44 PM 2345 views 20 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Removing dust is a must in a small home shop. Vacuuming the floor takes time and gets old real quick. Two areas in my shop still needed needed attention. This cabinet provides a place to for my new Rigid Oscillating Sander and also has a section for use of hand sanders (top of the right side is a downdraft table). The added storage was a plus.

The cabinet is made of 3/4” plywood. The drawer boxes are made of poplar with plywood faces. The handles are made of oak. I found several versions of wooden handle ideas online and I’m not certain which I used. Probably a combination of them all. The drawer guides are also made of oak.

The cabinet is 18” in depth and 36” tall to the highest point and 48” in width. The left side I fit to the Rigid sander leaving about 22” x 18” area for sanding on the right. Added a port for the shop vac to the downdraft table. Of coarse the oscillating sander comes with a vac port.

It is movable using the 3-1/2” casters from the big blue box store. The two front are locking wheels.

I simply used peg board for the downdraft table top as so many others have. The box is 4” on the right half graduating to about 1” on the left. It seems to work pretty good.

Not certain at this point that I’ll finish out the cabinet but have thought about putting on some sort of protection to help against humidity. Your suggestions would be appreciated.

—-UPDATE On The Oscillating Sander—
I guess it pays to read instructions. I made a comment that the Rigid oscillating sander had one thing I did not like and it was that the insert was not level with the table. I had read somewhere that another wood worker had come across this same problem and assumed it was just to be. What I discovered today was that it actually has 6 adjustable set screws. Duh! I promise I never saw them before today. I notice see the allen wrenches that came with it and wondered where they went. Well—one fits the set screws. In a few moments I had it perfectly level. I couldn’t ask for better for the price I paid.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.





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ChrisK

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#1 posted 10-09-2014 02:10 PM

That is one nice addition to the shop.

-- Chris K

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ontheworkbench

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#2 posted 10-09-2014 03:09 PM

That looks great!

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#3 posted 10-09-2014 04:31 PM

Wow, you really thought that one out. Looks great and such a useful workstation for your shop.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 10-09-2014 04:37 PM

I would just through a coat or two of some polyurethane to protect against humidity changes.

Added to my favorites.

Thanks for sharing your ideas.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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#5 posted 10-09-2014 05:07 PM

Which does a better job; a downdraft table or just hooking up the vac to the sander with an adapter? My concern is that if the table is too big the vac won’t suck well because of the broad area it is trying to cover. I prefer just hooking the vac up and getting rid of having to empty those annoying little bags.

Bruce

-- Bruce, Oklahoma

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#6 posted 10-09-2014 05:51 PM

Thanks guys.

Brad, I was wondering if polyurathane might work best. Good to have some confirmation though.

Bruce, my orbital sander throws lots of dust. Tried the vac to it but still had dust. Noticed my walls were getting covered the more I sanded. I’ve only used this downdraft table a couple times but so far it’s worked like a charm. Tried real hard not build too large for the very reason you mentioned. I only have shop vacs right now but I’m sure a good dust collection system would prove better still.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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#7 posted 10-09-2014 08:15 PM

Mike, thanks for your explanation. I deal with a lot of frames that are as big as 16×32, so a downdraft just doesn’t make sense for me unless I tie up a lot of money in dust collection. I already run dc to my belt sander, router table,planer, ts and radial arm, with a sweep up under my drill press. As good as my dc is, it won’t run a downdraft as big as I need, hence the vac. I’ve taken the bag off all 4 of my hand sanders and just switch out the hose when I switch grits. I’m glad it’s working for you, I do want to get 1 eventually, probably when my dc dies. I meant to ask, how do you like the Ridgid sander? I have looked at that several times, just haven’t pulled the trigger.

-- Bruce, Oklahoma

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#8 posted 10-10-2014 01:05 AM

Bruce I think I understand because there’s going to be lots of times a down draft table will not work for me. On the smaller items I will love it.

As for the Rigid, had it only a month. I love the tube oscillating part. I’m fortunate to have it for the bandsaw boxes I’m working on for Christmas. The DC gets about 90%. One thing I’m somewhat disappointed with, and I had already read that this problem existed, the zero clearance insert is not level. It rests about 1/32 below. I saw where others where putting electric tape beneath to lift it. Just haven’t tried that yet. Otherwise I believe it’s going to be a great addition.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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#9 posted 10-11-2014 06:13 PM

Very nice job Mike. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#10 posted 10-13-2014 01:49 AM

Mike I love your table you made for d/c and drawers and the spindle sander,this is a great idea,so I am going to build one like yours,, I have the Rigid belt/spindle sander for 1 year now and have used it a lot,I am very satisfied with it,works great,I made a sanding jig to fit the mitre slot with a sliding stick and 1/4 dowel to sand round items like wheels makes perfect circles using the jig and belt sander.I have had problems with anything on the Ridgid sander

Thanks BIll

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MikeSpanky

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#11 posted 10-13-2014 12:51 PM

Thanks Bill. Go for it. Keep in mind when building yours the height of the Oscillator side. I set mine comfortable to my own height. I knew I would want to lean over as well and look inside of bandsaw boxes while sanding.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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wumpabill39

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#12 posted 10-13-2014 02:42 PM

Thanks Mike, that is what I figured out about the height on the ridged sander.
I also bought my sanding belts at Harbor Freight,their prices are good and the belts are very good.

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#13 posted 10-13-2014 08:08 PM

Haven’t bought belts for this sander yet (still running those that come with) but I have another 36×4 sander. I’ve used harbor freight belts on it and like you say they are fine and cheaper.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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