|Project by Woodn88s||posted 03-17-2013 10:51 AM||3559 views||20 times favorited||10 comments|
I needed a new outfeed table for my table saw and decided to to build a combination outfeed table and downdraft sanding table. I searched all over the net and found examples of other peoples tables and incorporated all their ideas into my own. This thing works amazing. One of the things I like best is in the winter when the shop is closed up and I sweep the floor I turn it on and the usual cloud of dust that forms from the sweeping dissappears in minutes.
It is built from birch ply and the top is made from MDF. I sprayed the top with a couple of coats of prekat laquer and then waxed it. The hardest part of the entire build was drilling all the 1” hole in the top. I think it took me over 2 hours to drill them all.
the fan motor was given to me by a freind and is one of those squirrel cage fans from an old heating system.
I installed a timer switch from lowes and an outlet to plug my sanders into. The timer keeps the motor running for up to 1 hour. It’s great if I sweep up, or sand then leave the fan running while I go to lunch. when I come back the shop air is cleaned.
I istalled 2 stiffeners (see photo 4) on the underside of the top to keep the top straight. total cost was under $150 and the most expensive item was the leveling feet.
If I was making it again the only thing I would change would be to add a kick space for my feet when I sand.
I use 4 heating filters I bought from a home center to catch the dust. The filters work well but you do have to clean them qute often. I will probably attach this sanding table to my dust collection system in the future.
I couldn’t be happier with this low cost dust solution.
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