Downdraft Table

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Project by hinklephil posted 02-24-2010 05:02 AM 4575 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a downdraft table I build because I was tired of choking down dust. I wear a dust mask, but I was having trouble breathing so I decided to build this to improve the enjoyment of building furniture. I bought the inserts from Rockler and downloaded their plans to build this. I need another set of inserts to finsih it off and I am looking forward to trying it out.

-- Lucky to get paid for what I love to do. Make sawdust.

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#1 posted 02-24-2010 05:12 AM

Looks good, what about using some pegboard (prolly need to laminate a few small sheets to match that downdraft panel thickness from the looks of it to fill in the gap

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#2 posted 02-24-2010 05:17 AM

That would probably work and would have been alot cheaper. The black rings in these inserts are rubber so the peice you are sanding will not slide. The small orange pieces are removable benck dogs to put close to the piece and also help keep it from sliding.

-- Lucky to get paid for what I love to do. Make sawdust.

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#3 posted 02-24-2010 05:21 AM

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#4 posted 02-24-2010 05:48 AM

Great job!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 02-24-2010 07:16 AM

Hey- very nice. You should probably turn that blast gate 90 degrees either way, because when it is open, it will be in your way.

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#6 posted 02-24-2010 08:42 AM

cool build… hope it works great for you…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#7 posted 02-24-2010 09:08 AM

Edzui, Thanks for that tip. I see what you mean. Probably would have figured it out when I hooked it up. Thanks for the comments everyone

-- Lucky to get paid for what I love to do. Make sawdust.

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#8 posted 02-24-2010 09:54 AM

I built the same downdraft table from the Rockler plans. It does work well in many cases and I find the little orange movable dogs to be very helpful.

Mine is from 3/4” MDF, so it is pretty hefty. Every time that I move it onto or off of the bench, I remember that I want to put some handles on it, but have just not gotten to it yet.

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#9 posted 02-24-2010 03:12 PM

Good build.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#10 posted 02-24-2010 04:47 PM

Neat, but ditch the cheap dust mask and get a decent respirator. They work miracles. I haven’t build a downdraft table yet, but with the dust mask I no longer cough after/during extensive sanding operations.

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#11 posted 02-24-2010 04:59 PM

Good job.

Personally, I am a little miffed at Rockler regarding how they sell this item. The inserts come in sets of 2 and 2 is sufficient to make a 14” x 17” downdraft box. I bought a set o f 2 inserts and made a 14×17 downdraft box. It works great and it is sufficient for my sanding needs. Rockler also makes a plan available for making a downdraft box, but the plan is for a larger box that requires 2 sets of inserts. In my situation, the larger box is not necessary and, of course, it would take up more storage space.

If one needs the larger box, then the plan is helpful. I will suggest that most people do not need the larger box.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#12 posted 02-24-2010 05:58 PM

Looks good. I wonder if some laminate (or something else that is slick) would help the dust slide down the ramps inside.

-- Barry,

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#13 posted 02-24-2010 07:27 PM

Rich, I feel the same way. I origanally bought the one set because I didn’t think I needed the larger box. I was going to modify the plans to fit just 1 set of inserts. I changed my mind later and decided the bigger one would give me more room to work and I can work a larger variety of projects.

Will, I did ditch the mask and bought a respirator. Other than being a hassle sometimes, I like the way it works. I cough much less now..

-- Lucky to get paid for what I love to do. Make sawdust.

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#14 posted 02-25-2010 12:33 AM

Very cool, you taught me something new today. I like the idea of using peg board and was thinking that maybe just some router mat would do the trick for grip, that stuff is amazing.
Thanks for the idea!

-- Jen loves wood!

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#15 posted 02-25-2010 09:59 AM

Let us know how it works? Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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