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Forum topic by TDW posted 03-25-2010 04:47 PM 4378 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-25-2010 04:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question downdraft table sawdust

Hello All!
I am in the process of reworking my shop, it is 24X30. Trying to get sawdust under control. I want to build a combination outfeed and downdraft table. I am having trouble on the design. Using a used squirrel cage and planning on a 1” thick top with 1 ” holes spaced 2” apart. What size top will produce enough draft? Any ideas would be appreciated. Right now I am thinking 40” X 50”

-- Tom, Ky.,

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#1 posted 03-25-2010 05:38 PM

I’ve worked in many a professional shop, seen many a homemade down draft table and with rare exceptions, they did anything but suck dust.

I recently used one that did work but it wasnt cheap to make. 36” x 60”. 1/2” baltic birch top covered in 1/8” rubber, 1/4” conical holes on 1” center to center. Under that was 6” of open space with three firmly fitting furnace type filters and under each filter was an explosion proof motor driving a super sonic squirrel fan. It was also 220 V.

they used the “candle test” to determine when the hole dia., were big enough. I didnt say anything but my guess…..............they could of bought one for less $$$$.

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#2 posted 03-25-2010 05:52 PM

I agreed with Moron on the “conical holes” or also known “counter sink” holes. They work better than straight holes.

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#3 posted 03-25-2010 09:06 PM

I saw this on Sawmill Creek yesterday:
Page through the pictures, he has a combo downdraft/outfeed table on his tableasw. It looks like he has it connected to his cyclone dust collection system, but I’m sure it would work modified with squirrel cage fan.

-- Jason, JEV Woodworking

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#4 posted 03-25-2010 09:58 PM

Wow, that guys has some shop.

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#5 posted 03-26-2010 05:36 PM

That place is decked out! I even had to click the Tool King ad while I was there, I couldn’t help it.

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#6 posted 03-26-2010 06:02 PM

I built mine with a 1/4 inch perferated masinaite with a copple of 3/4 inch 1×4 under neath I use it for sanding table It takes a way all the dust from sanding. works great It also takes out dust that gets in the air.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#7 posted 03-29-2010 09:04 PM

Wow… that shop is off the hook! I’ll get there someday… sigh


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