work bench with built in downdraft table.

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Forum topic by lanwater posted 01-27-2011 09:22 AM 3676 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-27-2011 09:22 AM

I am thinking that it is time to build my own bench. I also need a downdraft table.
Due to space limitation I think I should combine both.

I have searched but did not find what I am looking for. Maybe I did not search hard enough.

Does anyone knows or run accross such a bench?

I think the top will be 2 levels.
The working surface will be thick like all benches but will have holes like a downdraft table.
Some of the holes will be for bench dogs the others will be smaller.
Then a hollow space for air sucction
then a piece of ply to seal the bottom.

There will be dust port at one end of the bench.

Any idea will help.


-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#1 posted 01-27-2011 02:11 PM

i made myself one:

after working on it for 6 months i can say that it’s a great design, i wouldn’t change anything besides making round holes in the downdraft section instead of long strips.

keep in mind that 98% of the time you wil be using it as a workbench or assembly table, any holes in the top or hose coming out is a hindrance.

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#2 posted 01-27-2011 05:04 PM

Nice work Greedo, that’s awesome. I had a similar idea in mind, but was going to have the center area able to be swapped out (so a solid piece when not in sanding mode… swap in the plate with holes when sanding). Do you think that would improve the design, or would it be unnecessary in your opinion?

-- New to woodworking, old to barn fixin'

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#3 posted 01-27-2011 08:36 PM

Greedo: This is awsome indeed.

Now I know it is feasable I will get to work.

Thanks for sharing.

rieferman: Removeable center piece is a good idea.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#4 posted 01-28-2011 06:24 AM

Why waste good ply on the bottom when some cheap sheet goods like masonite will do?

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#5 posted 01-28-2011 06:42 AM

BigTiny: Very true.

Thank’s for your input.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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