TS Outfeed Table with down draft

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Project by Mainiac Matt posted 08-16-2018 06:54 PM 5288 views 10 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Disclaimer… I blogged this project a couple years back, but when reviewing my projects page recently I realized that I never wrapped it up with a project post. I like to use my projects page as a type of woodworking journal, so I hope none of you mind me posting this after the fact.

That said…

This has been one of my most successful self designed, shop built wood working tool projects. I use it all the time for sanding and keep all my sanders plugged in on a shelf underneath, at the ready. I have my dust filter suspended from the ceiling directly over head, and plumb my shop vac to the DC ports on all of my sanders. So I can sand all day and not have any visible dust accumulate on my bench or saw. I also roll kraft paper over the top and use this as an finishing table. And I use it as an assembly table as well.

The hole pattern alternates between 3/4” and 3/8” diameter holes, so I can use bench dogs and cookies with posts to help hold parts in place while sanding.

I designed and modeled the project in SolidWorks and only really needed two key dimensions. The distance between the bench and saw, and the height from the back of the Biesemeyer fence rail to the top of the TS.

If you’ve followed any of my other builds, you’ll remember that I have after hours access to a CNC table router at work, and I can usually get Melamine scraps on the cheap. That’s why I wound up using the Almond wood grain. The CNC made the hardest part of the project, drilling the holes, easy-peasy.

The build was pretty straight forward. I taped the transition from the slope to the bottom on the inside so the debris doesn’t hang up at the transition. And I caulked the angled joints at either end. The Masonite is attached with screws only, so I can get back in there if I decide I need some kind of baffle. The dual blast gate and two 4” ports allowed me to configure my DC system with two of my three 4” flex pipe branches (each runs direclty to the 3-way fitting on the DC) to the down draft table. So it moves a pretty significant amount of air with enough suction to help hold parts in place.

My shop is laid out in a U shape, with the TS and primary bench being the two main legs and this down draft table connecting them together near the bottom.

Here’s a bunch of construction pics from my blog.

Thanks for looking in.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#1 posted 08-16-2018 07:55 PM

This is very interesting.
I am redesigning my out-feed table and I have fooled around with an idea similar but I never though about suspending it between the saw and my workbench.
Everything in my shop is on wheels of some sort since I share the space with the wife’s car.
You have given me some more ideas to consider and I goof around with SketchUp.
Thank you for posting this!

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#2 posted 08-16-2018 08:37 PM

A very cool and practical design. How is it working for you and what dust collector are you using with it? TIA

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 08-16-2018 09:26 PM

Nice Job, I’ve been thinking about this same project, wish I had CNC access for the table top.

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#4 posted 08-16-2018 09:54 PM

This is down right cool! I need to think about this for my shop. Real thanks for posting!

-- Petey

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#5 posted 08-16-2018 10:42 PM

SUPER NICE MATT!!! I love this! Great Job and thanks for the idea!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#6 posted 08-17-2018 04:44 AM

That is nice Matt !! Good multi use also !!

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

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#7 posted 08-17-2018 08:58 AM

You did a wonderful job on this out feed table.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 08-17-2018 10:54 AM

Neat idea ManiacM’. I’m for any input in eradicating sawdust from this planet!...

... I share the space with the wife s car.
- fivecodys
5c, Ditch the car!!!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#9 posted 08-17-2018 12:31 PM

Clean looking solution and like how it bridges the bench to the table saw for a lot of support.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#10 posted 08-17-2018 03:53 PM

... I share the space with the wife s car.
- fivecodys

5c, Ditch the car!!!

- LittleBlackDuck

Nah, it’s all she asks and she puts up with a lot so…....... :)

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#11 posted 08-17-2018 04:02 PM


-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#12 posted 08-18-2018 07:58 PM

Nice to be able to use the toys at work! Great looking addition to the shop, Matt.

-- God bless, Candy

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