Assembly/Downdraft table

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Project by brevort posted 01-02-2014 09:08 PM 4877 views 33 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Eight years ago I took a small log cabin down, cut the logs up in to 4’ links, and burned them in an outside boiler. I could tell this cabin was at least 100 yeas old and had some dry rot… so firewood was a good use of the logs. But the floor joists looked to be in good shape. They where ruffsawn 2”x 8”s. So I took all the nails out and stacked them in my woods behind the house. I would use them “some day”…. Lol. After eight years I thought they where probably no good for anything but firewood. I pulled them out of the woods and to my surprise they were still solid. I power washed them and ran then through my jointer and planer. Wow, they look great. Hey, I thought, here is a cheap way to get that assembly/downdraft table started. So here’s what I built. I had a extra, older radial saw that I was not using and it was taking up valuable shop floor space, so I worked it into the project. The frame is built all from the old floor joists and the top is 3/4” MDF covered with 1/4” hardboard. I wrapped the sides with hard maple , put walnut plugs in to hide the screws, put a vice on the end , and made an ajustable fence for clamping up my glue-ups. I drilled ¼” holes in the top under the sanding disk for my downdraft table area, boxed up the bottom of the table under the radial saw and put a 4” dust port on it.. I took out the stops in the radial arm so I can spin it all the way around or out of the way. I have been using the bench now for about 5 months…. life is good. Working off a nice flat table top along with my clamping set-up makes assembling projects easy. Now there’s no more working off that not so flat shop floor. Lol

-- Rick

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#1 posted 01-03-2014 12:26 AM

Nice work, i like the idea of hiding screws with contrast colored wooden plugs.


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#2 posted 01-03-2014 01:44 AM

Great recycle project, looks well thought out

-- Norman

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#3 posted 01-03-2014 02:10 AM

thank you for sharing this with us. i hope you don’t mind if i borrow some of your ideas. the radial arm sander downdraft is a great idea.

-- Gritty Roots i can build anything as long as i have 2 things the internet and my father-in-law

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#4 posted 01-03-2014 02:32 AM

Wow, this is really cool. Great job and thanks for sharing

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 01-03-2014 03:09 AM

Nice one Rick. Some good thought went into this.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#6 posted 01-03-2014 02:00 PM

Radial arm sanding disk with downdraft… that’s just cool…

-- Jarrett - Mount Vernon, Ohio

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#7 posted 01-03-2014 02:19 PM

very clever set up… I like the clamp a lot

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#8 posted 01-03-2014 05:15 PM

I’m jealous!

-- Barry

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#9 posted 01-03-2014 06:39 PM

Forget about the awesome downdraft table, let’s talk about that beautiful cabinet door you’ve made!

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#10 posted 01-03-2014 09:06 PM

A project that I hope to posts next summer…. Lol. It’s time to go back to Arizona for the winter.

-- Rick

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#11 posted 01-04-2014 05:11 AM

I love your clamp idea – hope you don’t mind if I steal that one day! I’ve also got a radial lying around that takes up too much room. Wonderful post, thanks for the share!

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