Downtable and bargain at Home Depot

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Project by jaysuzi posted 08-28-2014 04:10 PM 1949 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought the downdraft plates from Grizzly and mostly followed their plan for the downdraft table. I had some scrap MDF. The change to their plan, is that I made the butt joints visible from the side instead of the front. I am sure they had the cut list the other way around to save material, but I had enough.

I finished it off with some polyurethane and the outside has a high gloss sharp look to it. I wasn’t that worried about the inside and didn’t sand down all the excess glue. I did use clear caulk on all the seams.

When I made it, I had it sitting on an old bench that I was going to replace with a sanding station. I planned to have this drop into the sanding station. However, I was in Home Depot picking up some bolts for another project and found a bathroom vanity on clearance for $70. That is less than the material for my sanding station – plus I want to get onto some other projects. It was just about a perfect fit and gives me a place to store my sanders and sanding supplies.

I will someday build my custom sanding station, but for now, this is working out very nicely.

-- Jay in Pennsylvania,

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#1 posted 08-28-2014 04:41 PM

Good find at HD!

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#2 posted 08-28-2014 06:56 PM

What an inspiration, Great project…. Thanks for Sharing….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#3 posted 08-29-2014 03:31 PM

your a week ahead of me. My grizzly kit just came. Nice job!

I am going to sink mine into a existing part of my bench.

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#4 posted 08-30-2014 05:18 PM

I have been kicking around making the same thing with the same plan…ahve you tried it? Does it function well? I have never used a down draft table before….I now use a ROS that has a cheapo stanley vacuum attached to it. It works well but the cord and the hose are somewhat awkward.

-- Mike

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#5 posted 08-30-2014 09:29 PM

I have used it a bit and so far it does help. I still use a shop vac hooked up to my ROS though. I have a rigid shop vac with a 2” hose. I agree, it is a bit awkward, but I don’t think the downdraft table alone would be enough. I was actually looking for something to help with what the shop vac wasn’t catching.

-- Jay in Pennsylvania,

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#6 posted 09-03-2014 05:59 PM

I was at the local Menards store and they had an in-store special on this Stanley cheapo vac. It was only 25.00. I bought it because it has a 1 1/4 hose. It fits right on the Kreg jig port and plugs into my PC ROS. It is pretty good and not very big ( I have a couple of 16 gallon shop vacs, but the hoses are way too big.) I have a DC too, and have been looking at building this same table for it.
Thanks for the help,

-- Mike

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