Mobile Workbench with Dust Collection

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Project by GeekyDad79 posted 08-04-2012 08:06 PM 12241 views 15 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to upgrade my workbench with some extra bells and whistles. I had a basic workbench handed down from my father—in-law that was really great but was looking to increase the size and get more functionality out of for the space taken up in my small garage. I mounted a shop vac and cyclone dust separator into the base. The dust collection box has a see through window to see when it needs to be emptied. I intended the removable top to be adjustable but haven’t worked out the design yet. Also included pegboard as an after thought to provide more storage space front, side, and back. 2 vises pulled from the old workbench were pretty easily incorporated. The last item I included but haven’t worked out yet is a built in downdraft table. Haven’t worked out how to get good suction. Any ideas would be greatly welcomed for the adjustable top and downdraft table.

-- Brandon

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#1 posted 08-04-2012 08:10 PM

Great design , Nice add to your shop.

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#2 posted 08-04-2012 08:11 PM

Nice! Isn’t this from the fine woodworking tools and shops 2011/2012?

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#3 posted 08-04-2012 08:16 PM

Gonna need more power than a shop vac can provide to get good suction for the down draft table. Dedicated dust collector or at least a furnace fan setup

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#4 posted 08-04-2012 08:24 PM

Alexandre – The base was inspired from a project in Fine Woodworking special workbench edition from 2011. Kinda winged it from there.

-- Brandon

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#5 posted 08-04-2012 10:41 PM

As Crashn mentioned a bigger dust collector would be the ticket but that looks like a good setup so far .
I don’t like the tools and jars hanging on the peg board hooks, may cause a injury .

-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 08-05-2012 12:48 AM

Great job Chief Brandon! I plan on doing something similar but use the top as a router / outfeed table. Did you notice a reduction in the vac noise when you put the unit behind pegboard? The holes should allow ventilation plus dampen the noise.

-- Steve (North Louisiana, near Ruston)

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#7 posted 08-05-2012 02:55 PM

Kiefer – Thanks. I’ll look later on about upgrading. Been keeping an eye out for an old furnace fan but so far this set up has worked great for my tools at least though the downdraft is still a miss. Good point about the tools. I dont really see keeping much there, just wanted to show the concept of using all space.

-- Brandon

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#8 posted 08-05-2012 05:17 PM

And the jack is for ?
Agree on the DC versus SV for downdraft table use.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 08-05-2012 10:26 PM

The jack is for making the top adjustable. Plan on going back and finishing. I was spending way too much time trying to work out the design.

-- Brandon

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#10 posted 08-06-2012 07:53 AM

Here is a link to a vacuum vice I came across on my travels that might help sort out your probs.
great job & I’m sure you’ll enjoy making loads of cool stuff on it which you can share.

-- Gervase..... keep your wood as long as you can as long as you can

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#11 posted 08-08-2012 02:05 AM

Nice job on a very functional shop ‘tool.’. You will get a lot of use out of that

-- Making sawdust and memories through woodworking.

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