Delta Downdraft Table , Good or Bad?

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Forum topic by Cruiszr posted 02-13-2014 01:54 AM 1354 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-13-2014 01:54 AM

I have had a Delta downdraft table that I got at Lowes 3 or 4 years ago on clearance and was trying to lay out my workshop and wondered if I should try and incorporate into one of my work benches. I have been reading reviews about prefab downdraft table and it seems like the response has been less than favorable. Before I make a final decision about this I would like to get some opinions from LJ. Your input would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 02-13-2014 03:57 AM

Getting some of the dust away from your lungs is better than getting no dust away. And, because you’re a skilled woodworker, you can always remove it and adapt the bench to something different whenever you want to.

Go for it!



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#2 posted 02-13-2014 04:06 AM

+1 what Lee said

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#3 posted 02-14-2014 08:18 PM

I got one also and only used it a couple of times. Agree if you need one you should use this or make one. My current plan is to put it behind my lathe for lathe sanding. This seems a better use for me than as a downdraft table.

-- Bill R

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#4 posted 02-14-2014 09:15 PM

There is no reason you can’t add a scoop (like a back splash) to the back. I have 4×4 piece of Masonite I drilled a gazillion holes in, set on a six box [with a bottom] and it helps a lot, with my dust collector tied to it via a 4” hole.

I’m thinking of building another, but slanting the bottom and enlarging the holes.

Using the one I have, I lay window shade vinyl (the roll up kind) on the unused areas to increase air flow where I’m working.

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#5 posted 02-14-2014 09:29 PM

Yeah I’m with Lee. I just made a little mobile workstation with a downdraft box build into it and so far I love it, although I’ve only used it a couple times, its very handy, I am in desperate need of dust collection so anything helps me out.

I made mine with a removable cover so I can still have some bench space when I’m not using it.


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