Down Draft Table - Quick and Easy Plans - Pics Added 1/28

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Project by David Grimes posted 01-25-2012 07:03 AM 11643 views 22 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I may be jumping the gun a bit by posting this project already, but I am done with the wood working aspects and just need to drop in the two pairs of Rockler Down Draft Table Panels onto the ledge, then attach the 4” Dust Collection Port.

I went looking for the panels and came across the free plans. I NEVER use plans, but in this case the plans were both made for the panels AND the design seemed to be exactly what I had in mind. The plans can be found here:

Materials are a combination of 1/2” MDF and 3/8” maple veneer. All leftovers. Assembly was with Titebond III and 23 gauge pin nails. All cuts were made on the ever accurate Ridgid table saw… then the 1/4” x 1/2” rabbets were routed on the RT1000XL router table with one of my wonderful Nieko 1/2” bits. What a team !!!

I did intentionally skip the part of the plans where they ask for 45 and 20 degree bevels on the ramp pieces’ edges. P L E A S E !!!

BTW, the silver outside corners will be on the (you guessed it) corners after the paint dries. Four bench cookies will begin a new life as the feet of this unit.

The remainder is painted with satin black Rustoleum brush enamel, then a final coat of Rustoleum Hammer Texture black.

Further, because the panels are easily removed, I have a plan (my own) to modify this into a convertible … well, that’s another project, so just wait and see. Any guesses ?

Thanks for stopping in.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#1 posted 01-25-2012 07:06 AM

Good design ,well done.

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#2 posted 01-25-2012 12:27 PM

Nice job, sometimes plans area good thing.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 01-25-2012 02:20 PM

Thank you for the link! I’m on a dust fighting quest in my shop right now and will use this link in the future to build a down draft table. Great job sir.

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#4 posted 01-25-2012 02:44 PM

I built a downdraft table many years ago and just used wood slats on the top. I like this version and may see if I can convert it. Thanks for the link to the pdf.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 01-25-2012 03:00 PM

Looks nice and should be very handy!!!

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#6 posted 01-25-2012 03:42 PM

Looks like it should suck!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 01-25-2012 08:26 PM

Good looking table. I can’t imagine YOU painting it black though! LOL This should work as well as any I have seen. I need one also. Want to ship this one to my address and make a better one for yourself. There are always things you wish you had incorporated in a project like this. You did well on this one though. Though of you the other evening. Pawn Stars had a guy come into the Pawn shop to pawn a Les Paul guitar that was owned and played by Mary Ford. It sold for a bundle.

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#8 posted 01-25-2012 08:40 PM

Thanks for the kind words.

I hope everybody realizes that the drips on the inside will be hidden when the panels go in. I just noticed the ugly drip on picture one.

@CharlieM1958, It will suck if it doesn’t suck. So it sucks either way, right ?

@Grandpa, Yeah, once you paint black you never go back. ;=)

WOW, I missed that Pawn Stars. Probably too much information, but the early Les Paul models were the SG style and I have never seen Mary hold one of the other single cuts (what most people consider the Les Paul body style). She usually had a white one on TV (but in real life it was a color called TV Yellow to cut down on the harsh glare of true white on a black and white TV). I bet it did fetch a dollar or three !

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#9 posted 01-25-2012 09:29 PM

I can’t remember what it brought but it was EXPENSIVE as I recall. Their nephew had it an a lot of documentation to go with it. Of course they had it all verified and it was real. He got more than he thought he would when he went into the store. It was a blonde color. I pulled your copy up on LJ and told my wife, “LOOK! this one was built in a garage and is probably as good as that one, if not better!” Electronics change daily.

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#10 posted 01-25-2012 09:30 PM

Yeah, David, about those paint drips. That was the second thing I saw, LOL.

Otherwise, it encourages me to build one of these thingys’

-- Joe

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#11 posted 01-25-2012 11:27 PM

I’m guessing convertible paint hood? Stand it up on end and paint in front of it?

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#12 posted 01-25-2012 11:42 PM

@SawdustTX, Good guess and a great idea for small projects / air brush. Hmmm. I like that a LOT ! Okay, three purposed unit now thanks to you !

No, since the panels easily remove, I will add an internal light and then have a panel made from a piece of 3/8” thick milky plexiglass (I have a small stack of already) to use as a lightbox… (when I make router templates from drawings, I overlay and trace the outlines).

@ajosephg, Yeah I knew it would not get by you ! When I had it on end painting, I saw it happen as I was swabbing the inside edge of the dust port hole. I started to wipe it, but said what the heck… save a paper towel… it will be internal and never seen soon.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#13 posted 01-26-2012 02:05 AM

Very cool and looks like that dog will hunt!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#14 posted 01-27-2012 01:29 PM

Have to make something like this one day.
Looks good, thank you for the link.
Best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#15 posted 01-27-2012 09:32 PM

Now you just need a P51 decal and you are good to go !

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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