Shop upgrade - Downdraft sanding cart

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Project by Festus56 posted 02-28-2016 10:33 PM 1535 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been trying to keep the shop and attached house cleaner. With an overhead forced air furnace the more dust I can catch the less dusting Jamie gets to do and makes breathing better also. Built with construction grade lumber and some plywood from other projects. Stained with golden oak and poly finish so it is easy to keep looking good. Is kind of rustic looking but is easy to make changes to if the need arises.

Started out as a benchtop downdraft unit. Bought the inserts and built the box around them. Really pleased with the way the dust is handled. Very little if any airborne dust while sanding now. (As long as I remember to turn on the dust collector)

Then I decided that it should sit on it’s own roller cabinet with storage for sanders and sandpaper etc.

That worked for awhile but as most know any semi horizontal area is soon going to be used to set things on so added a hinged top with a nice work surface on top. Also it is the same height as the table saw, miter saw and planer so it works as a portable out feed table as well.

As always thanks for looking and comments are all welcomed.

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#1 posted 02-29-2016 12:19 AM

A multi purpose tool, gotta love that Mark…..

Now send me that whiskey barrel and you’ll have more room for tools…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#2 posted 02-29-2016 12:52 AM

Great downdraft table, Mark!

Looks like you made the most of its design, and got a very multi-functional workstation out of it—very important in a small shop!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 02-29-2016 01:08 AM

Mark, that’s all great. I’ve run out of room for carts, but I could do the bench top unit maybe. +1 for things that protect the lungs. I’ve been trying to improve in that area too.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 02-29-2016 01:10 AM

Good job. I need one of those.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 02-29-2016 04:02 AM

Thanks for the replies guys. The more I use it the better I like it.

Marty that barrel takes one to two years on the waiting list to get. Is a Wyoming Whiskey barrel that a friend got and decided he didn’t need it.

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#6 posted 02-29-2016 11:51 AM

Very clever Mark, that will be quite useful!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#7 posted 04-10-2016 08:03 PM

Nice going, Mark and that does triple purpose: Downdraft, storage and a working table too!!


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

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