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Easy to build, Downdraft/sanding table

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Project by AJswoodshop posted 09-15-2012 01:46 PM 3390 views 20 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I do a lot of sanding, my orbital sander came with a dust bag, but it doesn’t collect that much dust. So I made this Downdraft/sanding table for my orbital, and mouse sander. It’s made out of 3/4’’ and 1/2 plywood, and I used pegboard for the top. It’s really just a box, with a pegboard top. I also put a baffle inside, the baffle helps the air flow of the table. I also drilled a hole, for my shop vac hose to connect. The dimensions for the box are 14’’ long, by 13 3/4’’ wide. This provides plenty of support for your work piece that your sanding. I used 1 1/2’’ wood screws, to hold everything together. But for the baffle, I used glue, and brad nails. I the baffle was really hard getting it in the box, it took awhile, but I finally got it to fit. It’s a really easy project to make, that will get a lot of use in the shop.

Thanks for reading,
AJ

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop





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woodshaver

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#1 posted 09-15-2012 01:53 PM

Pegboard what a great idea! Sounds like a winner to me! I need to make one for my shop!
Thanks for sharing AJ,

Tony

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 09-15-2012 01:55 PM

Thanks tony, There great for your shop. I was just going to drill hole’s in a piece of 1/2 plywood. But I thought pegboard would be easier.

Thanks for the comment,
AJ

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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#3 posted 09-15-2012 02:37 PM

That is smart thinking AJ. I’m going to hunt for a piece of Peg board at HD’s sometimes they put smaller pieces in the discount bin. Have a great weekend!

Tony

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#4 posted 09-15-2012 02:49 PM

Home Depot is a great place to get pegboard. I got this piece of pegboard at HD, it was in the scrap bucket.

AJ

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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#5 posted 09-15-2012 03:17 PM

great project aj.when i finish 2 that i.m working on thats going to be my next one.thanks for posting.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#6 posted 09-15-2012 03:25 PM

That will be a most valuable piece in your shop. I get more use out of my downdraft sanding table that I ever could have imagined.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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#7 posted 09-15-2012 03:50 PM

Thanks for the comments, remember to favorite this so I can get it in the top three!

AJ

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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#8 posted 09-15-2012 06:33 PM

Great idea, AJ, looks really useful… reminds me that I am getting tired of choking on sanding dust myself.

I am baffled regarding the baffle. What does it look like and where did it go?

-- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me... AND I'm an engineer.

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#9 posted 09-15-2012 07:28 PM

The baffle is a piece of plywood that runs down inside the box. This helps the air flow to travel down into the vacuum hose.

Thanks for asking,
AJ

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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#10 posted 09-15-2012 08:43 PM

You’ll get allot of use out of that AJ, Nice work.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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#11 posted 09-15-2012 08:52 PM

A really nice idea, I’ll have build one myself.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#12 posted 09-15-2012 11:22 PM

Thanks guys,

AJ

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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#13 posted 09-16-2012 12:09 AM

AJ, the best thing I see here is that you saw you were having problems with controlling dust and you made your self a solution to the problem. It is even portable to boot…. The more we can controll the dust and shavings the more time we will have making more vs cleaning it all up. A big plus for your lungs as well….. You will notice your sandpaper will last a bit longer as well….... Well Done.

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#14 posted 09-16-2012 01:45 AM

Thanks for the comment!

AJ

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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#15 posted 09-16-2012 03:43 AM

Great project!
I’m doing something very similar soon for my porter cable 330 sanders. They’re great, but no dust collection.

One thing I thought about doing was gluing some shelf liner to the pegboard to have a grippy surface but still work as a downdraft table. :)

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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