Downdraft Table

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Project by dustbunny posted 06-01-2009 02:50 AM 8736 views 14 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is what I built today. And man it really sucks ! HOORAY !
I’m way too cheap to spend money on anything to collect dust. I built this, of course, for sanding my cutting boards. I have four boards that have been crying to be sanded, (I hate to sand) but I am hoping this will make it a bit more enjoyable.
It is 24”x 18”x 4” which is large enough for the boards I make. I baffled the inside of the box to help direct airflow, cut a 2” hole in the back to accommodate a shop vac hose which runs to the big dust collector system. I also slicked up the inside of the box with Butchers Bowling Alley Wax (I love this stuff) to help with the aerodynamics. LOL
Should have some completed cutting boards soon.


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#1 posted 06-01-2009 02:54 AM

Very cool! I have been trying to get motivated to build myself a downdraft table and I think you just gave me the final push. Thanks for the clear picture of the inside assembly.

Did you design this yourself or use a plan? Either way it looks great. You’ve motivated me now. Off to the shop!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#2 posted 06-01-2009 03:07 AM

See what you mean, this project really does suck ;^)

Great Project and gorgeous cutting board.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 06-01-2009 03:16 AM

most unique down draft good job


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#4 posted 06-01-2009 03:44 AM

Hi Charles,
To answer your question about plans for the downdraft table, unfortunately I am very bad when it comes to plans. I usually design and build off the top of my head never writing anything down. I have started a notebook in the shop with various projects which is helping if I need to reference something. I actually Google searched “downdraft table plans” and got a few ideas (like the baffles) from some of the sites. You also need to take into consideration the diameter of the hose you are hooking up to it, and the # and size of the holes you drill. If they don’t balance 1. you won’t have draft or 2. you’ll “choke” the vac system. There is a formula. Let me know if you need help.


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#5 posted 06-01-2009 05:00 AM

I am glad your project really sucks.
Look forward to the boards with some oil on them>

-- Be safe.

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#6 posted 06-01-2009 05:08 AM

You guys are shaming me, I bought the one from Delta…

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#7 posted 06-01-2009 07:56 PM

Never even heard of one, but I get it, good idea.

I can see how that would add to the enjoyment when working on your projects.

Love it, thanks…........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#8 posted 06-06-2009 04:02 PM

I am working on changing a section of one of my workbenches to house a flush downdraft table, the bowling alley wax is a great idea.
thanks for sharing
Great Job!

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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#9 posted 11-13-2009 04:53 AM

Great job! I made on just like yours. Mine also has the two baffles and the dust port. Works really good.

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