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Project by Kirk posted 06-28-2013 09:56 PM 2992 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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whitebeast88

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#1 posted 06-28-2013 10:06 PM

very nice,i love using mine.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Paul Stoops

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#2 posted 06-28-2013 10:58 PM

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:

http://lumberjocks.com/paulnwa/blog/27177

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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Kirk

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#3 posted 06-28-2013 11:06 PM

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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Vrtigo1

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#4 posted 06-29-2013 04:19 AM

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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Ken90712

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#5 posted 06-29-2013 08:03 AM

Well done, should serve you well.

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

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#6 posted 06-29-2013 02:53 PM

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 ~~~~~~~ http://lumberjocks.com/projects/silent ~~~~~~~

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steliart

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#7 posted 06-29-2013 02:57 PM

Very nice indeed

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

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LesB

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#8 posted 06-29-2013 05:19 PM

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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Kirk

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#9 posted 06-29-2013 06:06 PM

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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HillbillyShooter

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#10 posted 06-29-2013 06:40 PM

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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woodshaver

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#11 posted 06-29-2013 10:26 PM

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

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

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#12 posted 08-04-2013 05:50 PM

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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