assembly / downdraft table

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Project by Greedo posted 08-04-2010 04:55 PM 13465 views 54 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this is my assembly table, made it about 1 month ago. you can see some of the processes in the 2 blogs i made about it. dimensions are 180cm x 80cm, and 90cm high.

it’s a pine base, all traditional mortise and tennon assembly finished with licht oak acrylic finish.
the top is made of an mdf torsion box with beech edges, on the front there is also a row of dogholes and a homemade vise.
the top mdf layer is crewed on and can be replaced if damaged too heavilly. it’s finished with several coats of BLO and a last one with 50% poly.

in the drawers i store the things i most oftenly use, like marking tools, sanding pads, screws, nails, drill bits etc…
on the backside there are also 3 doors with shallow cabinets in wich i keep my paint.

the downdraft function is made with a blower inside the table wich blows the air out the back and is extremely silent, the filter is just a simple furnace filter folded 3 times and pancaked between 2 mdf grills. it certainly doesn’t filter to the micron, but it gets the visible dust out of the air. i don’t use it for powertool sanding as i initially intended, because while building it i happened to buy a used festool vacuum.

a flat assembly table is really an invaluable tool, and torsion boxes are incredibly stable! i regularely sand glue etc off the top wich comes off quite easy and retouch the BLO finish each time i use blo for somethings else.

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View CharlieM1958's profile


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#1 posted 08-04-2010 04:57 PM

That’s really first class all the way!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 08-04-2010 04:57 PM

Very impressive job. Thanks for showing your project… Makes me want one of my own. Right now I just go outside and sand…

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 08-04-2010 05:01 PM

Yes thank you, that is an awesome table to work, says alot about your work, thanks again for posting

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#4 posted 08-04-2010 05:39 PM

Great Lookin table

-- Jim, Kentucky

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Will Stokes

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#5 posted 08-04-2010 06:15 PM

very impressive, I wish I had space for one of these in my shop, and the time to build it. :-)

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 08-04-2010 06:46 PM

This is a shop tool that any of us would be proud to have in our shop. You have addressed both form and functionality with this project in that it not only serves as a useful tool in the shop but it also looks pretty good as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 08-04-2010 06:54 PM

What a great table! Not only looks good but the down draft is some thing everyone could use. Would hate to see the first war wound on this beauty!

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

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Kent Shepherd

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#8 posted 08-04-2010 07:03 PM

Wow! Great job

Thanks for sharing


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#9 posted 08-04-2010 07:13 PM

Wow! that baby is sweet!!! Good work. I bet you can’t wait to give it a test drive!

-- I know its around here somewhere...

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#10 posted 08-04-2010 07:20 PM

Another well done. Great work on the drawers, I like the wood pulls, are those homemade?

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#11 posted 08-04-2010 07:27 PM

yes Clay the pulls are handmade, i used the method found on it’s tedious but well worth the time, seeing how much it would have cost to use store ones.

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#12 posted 08-04-2010 07:55 PM

Excillent job and very professional work. Where did you get the blower for the down draft portion of the project?

-- TheOldTimer,Chandler Arizona

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Rick Dennington

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#13 posted 08-04-2010 08:09 PM

Greetings Greedo,

Stellar job on the workbench, or assembly table and downdraft…...It turned out really great.
It kind of reminds me of my workbench… You just can’t have enough storage in a bench.
And it loks like you’ve managed to fill it up pretty fast…. I like plenty of drawers, too, for holding
measuring tools, layout supplies, and just a lot of room in general…....The pine turned out nice with the
oak finish,too…... Keep on keeping on…...

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#14 posted 08-04-2010 08:10 PM

@theOldTimer, i found the blower on ebay months before starting the project. these are normally used to extract smoke from bars. it’s good to look in advance for deals on things you think you will need.

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#15 posted 08-04-2010 08:52 PM

Hey Greedo, please send one of these to my workshop. No need for airfreight, I’m a patient man. ;^)

That downdraft is exactly what I need, well done!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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