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Project by longgone posted 12-23-2010 04:29 AM 3668 views 29 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a better way to improve dust collection during my grinding and a better way to hold pieces while I was doing the grinding and sanding. I have previously been using a workbencch vise and a jawhorse but neither had a way to help with the dust problem. I have a Trend Air Shield that kept me from breathing the dust but my shop would get covered in dust with a days worth of grinding. Very difficult to deal with since I am a neatfreak.
I saw these Rockwell Jaw Stands and envisioned them as a way to hold an adjustable height and angle worktable that evolved into a downdraft table to boot with the help of a dust collection box below.
All I can say is ” Why the heck did I not think of this sooner?”
Works great and I haven’t needed the dust mask since I built it last weekend and gave it a good test run over the last few days.
Another plus is that I do not need to spend 30 minutes each night vacumming the shop after stopping work.
I bought the jaw stands from woodcraft and the white plates for the downdraft came from Rockler.
The T tracks and brackets make it possible and easy to hold virtually any odd shaped piece at any angle.





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#1 posted 12-23-2010 04:33 AM

Great looking solution.

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#2 posted 12-23-2010 04:38 AM

Absolutely fabulous… does this mean more boxes.

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

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#3 posted 12-23-2010 06:49 AM

degoose, definitely more boxes and other sculpted pieces. I gave it the ultimate test these last few days while sculpting a new sofa table. Very efficient and much easier on my back.

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#4 posted 12-23-2010 09:07 AM

Love it—was thinking of making downdraft table for sanding. The t-track setup is sweet.

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#5 posted 12-23-2010 01:06 PM

This is very interesting, I like the tilt feature and different clamping adjustments. Very nice!

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

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#6 posted 12-23-2010 01:15 PM

Great idea – I built a downdraft table as well but not as versatile as yours. Time for a rethink methinks!

Thanks

Don

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#7 posted 12-23-2010 03:12 PM

Well if that ain’t clever….

Thanks.
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 12-23-2010 04:27 PM

Really nice build and a great idea. I like the adjustable supports.

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#9 posted 12-23-2010 04:45 PM

Very nice and clever project. I knew about Jaw Horse’s but not Jaw Stands. Now I do, Thanks.

http://professional-power-tool-guide.com/2010/12/rockwell-jaw-stand-review/
Bob

-- Bob A in NJ

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#10 posted 12-23-2010 05:13 PM

Great idea

Thanks for sharing

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

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#11 posted 12-23-2010 05:14 PM

Thats a neat idea.

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#12 posted 07-26-2012 10:04 PM

I’ve been looking for some sort of dust control solutions for my power sculpting operations—yours looks like a great idea I may try to adapt for my own use. Thanks for sharing!!

BTW, I love your sculpted boxes—very cool!

Karl

-- Sow justice, reap peace

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#13 posted 02-05-2014 12:04 AM

really like the way it can hold the work pieces!

-- Sumanta, North Carolina

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