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Project by BusterB posted 11-30-2013 09:20 PM 1836 views 10 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ever since my buddy Marty (whitebeast88) posted his version of a downdraft sanding table I have known I needed to build one but just hadnt gotten around to it yet. I do most of my sanding outside but with cooler weather looming it would be nice to be able to sand some smaller projects inside. Pretty straight forward build. 12×20” piece of 3/4” hardboard with 3/8th holes drilled on 2” centers. I have seen several of these where the builder used 1/4” pegboard but I work with the finese of a bull in a china shop so decided to use the thicker board and just drill the holes myself. I used 1×6” pine to build the box out of and put a 1/4×3/4” rabbit around the inside of the top edge. Cut a 2 1/4” inch hole in one end for the shop vac to connect. The box has a angled “baffel” running its length to help increase suction by reducing the area inside the box. Gave it a quick test run and it seems to work pretty well.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)





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rockrunner

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#1 posted 11-30-2013 09:34 PM

I need one of these!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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farmerdude

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#2 posted 11-30-2013 09:55 PM

Buster, that project sucks, hahahahahah!! Wow, that was really lame, sorry. I’ve wanted to try one of those, it looks like a great idea. I like your idea of using thicker stock, as it’s only a matter of time before I stack some junk on it. The baffel thing is a terrific idea. I know what you mean about the temps., had 6 degrees this a.m. Do I see an upcoming project clamped up in the background? Another fine job Buster, keep um coming.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 11-30-2013 10:47 PM

Jeff I wanted to say that :)
Great idea Buster that should help draw the dust
down also great to spray on.

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Rick

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#4 posted 12-01-2013 12:28 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!

Rick

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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Todd Barrone

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#5 posted 12-01-2013 01:26 AM

That’s a great idea, dose it work as good as it looks? Nice build bud.

-- "The Cedar King" https://www.facebook.com/BarroneContracting

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doubleDD

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#6 posted 12-01-2013 01:43 AM

This is extremely useful and something everyone should have. A box that sucks. Including me. Good work Buster, Maybe I’ll build one for myself now.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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BusterB

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#7 posted 12-01-2013 01:55 AM

Rockrunner- Thats exactly what I said when I first saw one on here….just took a while to get one built…lol

Jeff- Thanks buddy. We had a 18 degree morning earlier in the week and it threatened to snow….dang this global warming…rofl That is my first attempt at a frame and panel build. My mom wants a small amoire/wardrobe like the one I refinished a few years back for my son. I am trying to get it knocked out by Christmas but since I am having to learn as I go…its gonna be close. Was great, cut my first tenons on the tablesaw…so far it has gone just like my technical advisor David (blukingfisher) said it should….so far…lol

Jamie- I sure hope so buddy….had not thought of spraying on it…hummmmmm

Rick- Thank you sir.

Todd- Thank you my friend. I didnt get to play with it long since the wife was wanting to go out for dinner, but looked like is was doing a pretty good job. I guess time will tell if it was worth the time I put into it.

Dave- Thanks buddy. You and Jeff have made a valid point….this project may suck worse than my projects usually do….rofl.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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luv2learn

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#8 posted 12-01-2013 01:55 AM

Great job Buster. does this mean that you can only make projects that are smaller than 12”x20”. LOL!! I made some of these for my drill press and scroll saw they work beautifully.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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BusterB

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#9 posted 12-01-2013 02:02 AM

L2L- Thanks Lee…that one you posted on your DP was awesome. I knew there was zero chance of my duplicating that thing so didnt even try

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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CFrye

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#10 posted 12-01-2013 03:14 AM

Bully for you Buster! I was sanding a project today and telling myself I needed one of these. I did have the shop vac connected to the ROS (I forgot to turn the vac on, I can’t be expected to think of EVERYTHING, can I?). Thanks for the baffle tip. Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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whitebeast88

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#11 posted 12-01-2013 04:16 AM

great sanding table buster,i love using mine.i did the baffle the same on the inside it helps alot.i think i’ll either re-do my top to a thicker piece and i like the idea of having the bench dog set up to hold project while sanding.great work again my friend,you’ll get alot of use from it.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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BusterB

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#12 posted 12-01-2013 04:18 AM

Thanks Candy…. I will forget to turn the shop vac on 3 outta 5 times when making complex cuts on tablesaw. Wonder if they make a after market switch for it that you can plug the shop vac into???

Marty- I am giving you full credit (or possibly blame) for this project buddy. The wife was pushing me to wrap it up this afternoon so I didnt get a chance cut me any “dawgs” out of that 3/8ths dowel I picked up for em….maybe next weekend…or i could have just one really long one….lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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doubleDD

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#13 posted 12-01-2013 04:41 AM

Buster, check out woodcraft, and probably other stores. They have a few vac switches that will turn on the vac every time a tool is turned on. I don’t need it cause I have a memory like an elephant.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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BusterB

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#14 posted 12-01-2013 04:49 AM

Dave- Need to check that out…thanks. Just know I will regret asking but how is how is your memory like an elephant? Have heard they never forget anything but seeing we dont have any roaming these parts, will have to take your word for it….lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Soundx

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#15 posted 12-01-2013 11:40 AM

Buster, this is on my long list of projects. I would like to make one as I organize my shop….(LOL). Your’s looks great. Keep the ideas coming. Thanks for sharing.

-- Terry,Tennessee

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