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Project by dustbunny posted 05-31-2009 at 07:50 PM 4864 views 13 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is what I built today. And man it really sucks ! HOORAY !
I’m way too cheap to spend money on anything to collect dust. I built this, of course, for sanding my cutting boards. I have four boards that have been crying to be sanded, (I hate to sand) but I am hoping this will make it a bit more enjoyable.
It is 24”x 18”x 4” which is large enough for the boards I make. I baffled the inside of the box to help direct airflow, cut a 2” hole in the back to accommodate a shop vac hose which runs to the big dust collector system. I also slicked up the inside of the box with Butchers Bowling Alley Wax (I love this stuff) to help with the aerodynamics. LOL
Should have some completed cutting boards soon.

Lisa

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





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Durnik150

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#1 posted 05-31-2009 at 07:54 PM

Very cool! I have been trying to get motivated to build myself a downdraft table and I think you just gave me the final push. Thanks for the clear picture of the inside assembly.

Did you design this yourself or use a plan? Either way it looks great. You’ve motivated me now. Off to the shop!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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lew

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#2 posted 05-31-2009 at 08:07 PM

See what you mean, this project really does suck ;^)

Great Project and gorgeous cutting board.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 05-31-2009 at 08:16 PM

most unique down draft good job

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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dustbunny

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#4 posted 05-31-2009 at 08:44 PM

Hi Charles,
To answer your question about plans for the downdraft table, unfortunately I am very bad when it comes to plans. I usually design and build off the top of my head never writing anything down. I have started a notebook in the shop with various projects which is helping if I need to reference something. I actually Google searched “downdraft table plans” and got a few ideas (like the baffles) from some of the sites. You also need to take into consideration the diameter of the hose you are hooking up to it, and the # and size of the holes you drill. If they don’t balance 1. you won’t have draft or 2. you’ll “choke” the vac system. There is a formula. Let me know if you need help.

Lisa

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

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degoose

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#5 posted 05-31-2009 at 10:00 PM

I am glad your project really sucks.
Look forward to the boards with some oil on them>

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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jack1

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#6 posted 05-31-2009 at 10:08 PM

You guys are shaming me, I bought the one from Delta…

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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mtnwild

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#7 posted 06-01-2009 at 12:56 PM

Never even heard of one, but I get it, good idea.

I can see how that would add to the enjoyment when working on your projects.

Love it, thanks…........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Jerry

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#8 posted 06-06-2009 at 09:02 AM

I am working on changing a section of one of my workbenches to house a flush downdraft table, the bowling alley wax is a great idea.
thanks for sharing
Great Job!

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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Dustmite97

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#9 posted 11-12-2009 at 08:53 PM

Great job! I made on just like yours. Mine also has the two baffles and the dust port. Works really good.

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