Downdraft Sanding Table From Old Kitchen Drawer

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Project by RussInMichigan posted 07-07-2014 05:24 PM 3888 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I make some large wooden puzzles and no matter how small the blade and no matter how slow the feed, there is always some tear out on the back of the pieces. So, I have to sand. I like the idea of a downdraft sanding table, but I do not have space for something large or for something permanent that would eat up floor space. I only have as couple hundred square feet to work with, so every square inch is precious. That said, I still need to sand and it is a major hassle to do the sanding, making a big dusty mess in the process, and, follow that up with cleaning.

I recently redesigned and rebuilt my kitchen silverware drawer, new drawer box, new dividers, the whole nine yards.

Well, the old drawer box was still solid, and it turned out to be a good choice for a portable and not-too-big downdraft sanding table. It’s about 18” by 23” so I can conveniently tuck it out of the way.

I put a hole in one end to accept a 2” dust collection hose. Then, I ran a scrap of old plywood diagonally from the drawer bottom under the dust collection hole to the top of the side opposite the hole. The top is a double layer of pegboard with quarter inch holes.

I really like this thing. It makes sanding puzzle pieces a breeze, so to speak,(or is that a downdraft?) and I feel comfortable not wearing a dust mask while using it. I run the hose to my cyclone dust collector and the messy cleanup after puzzle sanding is a thing of the past.

Enjoy your day, lumberjocks,


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#1 posted 07-07-2014 05:26 PM

Smart, simple, functional. Well done.

-- Gary, California

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 07-07-2014 06:48 PM

Very good project from a recycled drawer. half the work was don with the drawer body. Nice going!!...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 07-08-2014 03:05 AM

Great idea using an old drawer as the body for a downdraft sanding table. I will file this one away for use in the future. Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#4 posted 07-08-2014 01:20 PM

Thank you much, everyone.

Jim, you’re right, half the work was already done for me. I always have a drawer shaped something or other floating around. Why didn’t I think of it sooner. It really has helped streamline the puzzle sanding process.

OttoH, you are welcome. When I dismantled the old silverware drawer, I immediately started imagining uses for the old drawer box. But, what I kept coming up with was “case,” “box,” “cabinet,” that sort of thing. I’m guessing that making(thus sanding) a wedding guest book puzzle at the same time I reworked the silverware drawer, put the two ideas close enough together that they merged.

Have a pleasant day.

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#5 posted 07-08-2014 03:17 PM

Great idea
1% inspiration to avoid 99% perspiration
Atleast most of the perspiration— dust – cleaning etc.

-- shuja

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#6 posted 07-08-2014 05:05 PM

Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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Joni Hamari

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#7 posted 07-11-2014 05:36 AM

Wow, a ridiculously simple, “why didn’t I think of that idea”...fabulous….Love it!

-- Joni Hamari,

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