Sanding table with dust collection

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Project by studie posted 11-16-2009 08:03 AM 5098 views 14 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Should you get dusty & cough, stop laughing & build one of these. It’s easy & cheap too, any size will do. Just hook it up to your shopvac, dust collector or woodstove (don’t laugh I do) & stop that airborne dust. I made one last spring for a job & we were amazed at how much sawdust from sanding was claimed by the dust collector! I use a Perforated rug mat or shelf liner as a base or pad for the work as it keeps the wood from getting scratched but also is a good way to keep the piece stable while sanding as well. MDF melamine pegboard top & melamine bottom work well as the smooth surface helps the dust move with the wind. I had some 1/2×3/4 d fir scraps & made the top supports that I let in to the 2×4s in the frame, only took about an hour. Wishing I had one for years! My shop assistant is happy now but still is as slow as gorilla glue in winter, My other worker is always mad.
Another worthy shop tip, put a furnace filter on the in feed side of a couple of box fans to clean the dust while you’re sanding, makes for a cheap air cleaner!

-- $tudie

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#1 posted 11-16-2009 08:10 AM

There it is, you did it ;-)) Nice job Scott.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 11-16-2009 09:42 AM

It works and beautifully too I bet. I used an old electric furnace for an air scrubber, just removed the guts (messy, gross job) and added fine furnace filters on the intake and a baffle on the output side so the motor wouldn’t burn up.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#3 posted 11-16-2009 09:49 AM

Thanks Bob, It works best with the 4” hose from the dust collector & I put paper down on areas that are away from the actual sanding for better suction. I should have taken a closer pic of the carving, Macro is my next focus in photography.
Dez old furnace fans just never die, & have a lot of CFM. What a great idea.

-- $tudie

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#4 posted 11-16-2009 02:47 PM

Your right , I need to get off my a$$ and make one ASAP.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#5 posted 11-16-2009 03:02 PM

great sanding table , studie .
you beat me to it ,
i’ve got a 2 horse vacuum motor and the pegboard ,
but had to stop the project ,
as i needed to buy water this month .
maybe this week .
i made one years ago at margys shop ,
it works great ,
any ply or cardboard will do to custom the suck area around your project .
you can actually work without coughing and wheezing all day !

-- 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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#6 posted 11-16-2009 03:23 PM

Hey there Scott, great idea, looks like a real dust saver. I told you of all the dust I make, this is looking like a great idea to me.
Cool man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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#7 posted 11-16-2009 04:17 PM

Beautifully done, and already on my list. The little that I’ve read told me that it’s the sanding that’ll really get ya’.

For now, though, I’ve been pretty amazed at what my $20 box fan and 3M Filtrete filter will do in a couple of hours after I leave the shop. Mostly clean-up, though. I’d rather do a box for while I’m sanding….

Great job!

-- -- Neil

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#8 posted 11-16-2009 04:29 PM

Do you have a forced air intake to your woodstove? You mentioned hooking it up to the stove, wondering how so I can feed my stove when I install it. Thanks for the idea, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#9 posted 11-16-2009 06:34 PM

Nice sanding tip, Fantastic carving great work.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 11-16-2009 09:22 PM

I don’t have room for the sanding table, but like Jim I also think the carving is fantastic.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 11-16-2009 10:28 PM

I was so focused on the table I really zoned on the carvings.
Very nice work, as good as I’ve seen anywhere. They are not in your projects?
Let’s see more…..........
That front carving looks a lot like you, in a way….................

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

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#12 posted 11-16-2009 10:32 PM

Wow carvings are fantastic ,and the table is also great well done . And the one with the beard looks like my sister.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#13 posted 11-17-2009 12:13 AM

Sorry I should note the carvings are not my work, they were at the carving show this weekend. I just wanted to have fun with the shop help joke. We will post some pic’s of the show soon.

-- $tudie

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#14 posted 11-17-2009 02:37 AM

I built one when I had my cabinet shop and it worked fantastic. Just layed it on the TS like you did there. My wife loved to use it to sand doors and shelving.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#15 posted 11-18-2009 06:04 PM

You mean breathing saw dust is bad? Maybe I should finally do something about that.
Great job on the table


-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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