Downdraft Table

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Project by Kirk posted 292 days ago 2438 views 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since my Paint Booth works for collecting dust from sanding, causing the filter to clog up quickly, I decided to build a Downdraft Table.

It’s about 24” x 24” x 4”. The box is 3/4”, 1/2” plywood bottom, 1/4” plywood for internal bracing, and of course the top, Peg Board.

I ganged cut the 1/4” plywood. Cut rabbets in the 3/4” sides for the 1/4” and 1/2” plywood braces and bottom. Some people might want to make the bottom funnel shaped for real down draft.

I still have to cut a hole for the vacuum hose.

-- W. Kirk Crawford - Tularosa, New Mexico

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#1 posted 292 days ago

very nice,i love using mine.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 292 days ago

I wonder if all of the internal structure will impede air flow? Are you hooking it up to a DC or a shop vac?

Here is the one I built for my table saw extension:

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#3 posted 292 days ago

I hope it doesn’t impede too much.

I’ll use my shop vac until and if I ever get a dust collector.

-- W. Kirk Crawford - Tularosa, New Mexico

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#4 posted 291 days ago

If you have trouble with not enough airflow you could try closing off the surface area except for the area immediately around what you’re sanding. Painters tape would probably work in a pinch.

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#5 posted 291 days ago

Well done, should serve you well.

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

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#6 posted 291 days ago

Since you’ve used pegboard you can use golf tees instead of tape to close off the unused area. It really doesn’t take long to do and when you’re done flip it over and scoop them up. I prefer this for mine since the tees are reusable.

-- -Andy ~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~

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#7 posted 291 days ago

Very nice indeed

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#8 posted 291 days ago

Creative but I think all those supports and half moon cuts were overkill.
Wished I had one. LOL

-- Les B, Oregon

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#9 posted 291 days ago

You guys might want to consider dowels, instead of 1/4” plywood.

That would leave a lot of area open. That, I suppose, would be less impedance to air flow.

And as for covering the excess holes, newspaper works well too. Oh wait, newspapers are going away. The desert has plenty of plastic bags out here.

-- W. Kirk Crawford - Tularosa, New Mexico

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#10 posted 291 days ago

Good idea and nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#11 posted 291 days ago

Very nice build! A must if you want to stay healthy!

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

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#12 posted 255 days ago

i use strips of a gabage bag around what i sand. i have 2 pieces cut about 18” wide and covers the holes quickly

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