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Project by twokidsnosleep posted 08-03-2010 04:20 AM 3154 views 11 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This took me forever.
Chipping away at it 30 min here and there after work or after the kids were in bed. This weekend I finally got a couple of hours and went crazy.
I have been looking to make a sanding table to help control dust in the garage. Since the spring I have looked at a lot of plans and ready-built models online, but it just seemed easier(?stupider) to make it myself to the dimensions I wanted so that I can stand at the workbench, saw or portable table and not get a sore back.
Jim B made ‘Dusty’ and got me going with his great design and some tips in his blog: http://lumberjocks.com/jbertelson/blog/11569
A trip to the lumberyard’s off cut section found MDF, pegboard, hardboard and some thin ply all very cheap. The MDF was $.50; the black hardboard set the tone for colors.
The P51 was added just for fun to keep up with Dusty’s style….and I had a decal kicking around.
Sorry it is not fine woodworking but it was fun, eventually

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"





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#1 posted 08-03-2010 04:49 AM

What a novel idea! I use a vac on the sander port, but for hand sanding or powered – this would get it all…

I like the plane logo…

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#2 posted 08-03-2010 06:40 AM

Ah yes, the North American Aircraft Company’s P-51 Mustang model downdraft table! ;)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#3 posted 08-03-2010 02:03 PM

Good job on the table. I need one of these bad in my job.

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#4 posted 08-03-2010 03:09 PM

Great job should help alot.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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twokidsnosleep

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#5 posted 08-03-2010 05:08 PM

Notto,
The first pic shows ‘blank’ inserts on left and right with a single ‘holey’ insert placed in the middle.
The vac is weak with all 3 perforated inserts in place, this was Jim B’s idea to make solid blanks to increase vac pressure.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#6 posted 08-13-2010 11:48 PM

Scott -
Did you put any kind of ‘traction coating’ on the pegboard to keep the wood from moving around or is it smooth? More importantly to me ;-) if you found something that works good….what was it?

Cheers

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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twokidsnosleep

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#7 posted 08-14-2010 02:10 AM

Hi Dave,

I didn’t put any coating on it. I thought about a spray on rubber coat, but Jim B tried that and said it came off rather quickly. I did make the inserts sit lower than the box’s edges so there is a nice little lip to support the work piece. That helps to stop the wood you are working on from sliding off the pegboard.

I am still working on tweaking the holes to get a bit more vacuum pressure. I changed the shop vac from 1”1/4 to 2” hosing and that helped some.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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twokidsnosleep

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#8 posted 08-24-2010 07:17 AM

Small shop vac crapped out last night….definitely having dust control issues in my garage.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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tdv

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#9 posted 10-22-2010 10:56 AM

That’s a great idea I particularly like the different size interchangeable vacuum panels. Does it work as a vacuum hold down for other jobs (like routing work)
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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twokidsnosleep

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#10 posted 10-22-2010 05:15 PM

Hi Trevor,
I haven’t tried it as a vac hold down, yet….but that is a great idea to try out!
I just bought a small Bosch palm router last weekend and haven’t even got it out of the box yet. So I will give that a go.
My little shop vac does ok with vac pressure in the box, but a proper vac system (one or two stage)is on my wish list.
Thanks for commenting. Cheers, Scott Hastings

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#11 posted 10-22-2010 05:36 PM

Looks like there is another shop project now on my list!! Thanks!!!

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tdv

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#12 posted 10-23-2010 01:41 AM

Scott, Just make sure you block off the holes around the piece & I think it will work great
I think I’ll have to get round to one of these
Cheers
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#13 posted 10-23-2010 06:40 AM

I will try that Trevor. I used some wood dowels into holes to act as bench dogs on the table so it would support the workpiece.
Do some photos and post your box when you get it done
S

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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