Miter Saw - Downdraft work station

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Project by redryder posted 01-17-2014 06:48 AM 7288 views 26 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a work bench/assembly table that I added drawers to and that worked fine but two things I really wanted to add to the shop were a down draft table for the sanding I do and a way to support wood when I used the miter saw which is often.

I went to Ikea and bought a solid oak counter top, 1 1/2 inch thick to put on the workbench and I bought a Shopfox downdraft table from Grizzly. I built a table to support the downdraft table and made it the same height as the workbench. Put the miter saw in the middle. I wanted the downdraft table to double as an assembly table when not in use also. Having it hooked up to the dust collector has worked great when using the Grizzly flap sander and the portable sanders (ROS and belt). Pull out vertical panels with full extension slides hold a lot of sanding supplies in a small space under the table….................

-- mike...............

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#1 posted 01-17-2014 06:50 AM

An uneven floor meant shimming the table and bench to keep things level…..........

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 01-17-2014 07:39 AM

Nice Job.

I have the same problem with the graded floor.

I have been wanting a downdraft table for a long time but no space.

what material do you have on your downdraft?
Are the caster the rockler ones?

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#3 posted 01-17-2014 11:58 AM

That is great use of space!
A multi-purpose area for sure.
The vertical sliding panels are a stroke of genius!!!

I can see other implementations for that idea….
Perhaps a narrow rack (like a spice rack) for other small items.
This has me thinking….
Yeah, that’s dangerous….
A disaster just waiting to happen!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 01-17-2014 12:09 PM

Very nice! Not just thrown together table supports, but very beautifully constructed, Good wood. Rather than shims I’ve used adjustable screw out pads successfully to correct my un level floor.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#5 posted 01-17-2014 12:49 PM

Very nice use of space. Other than the solid oak top, I assume the rest of the cabinet(s) is made from dimensional lumber and plywood?

Also, I was not aware that you could get solid wood counter tops at Ikea. I usually dont associate Ikea with solid… well, anything.

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#6 posted 01-17-2014 01:55 PM

Very nice job Mike.
A good workstation and smart use of the space.

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#7 posted 01-17-2014 02:02 PM

That looks like a GREAT work station!!! I’m really diggin’ the long drawer pulls.

-- Do or do not...there is no try - Master Yoda

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#8 posted 01-17-2014 03:31 PM

That’s one serious piece of engineering. BRAVO !!!

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#9 posted 01-17-2014 05:07 PM

Nice efficient setup and should make big difference with the dust floating in the air .
I like your sand paper storage system ,very handy .

-- Kiefer

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#10 posted 01-17-2014 06:44 PM

COOL use of Space & Multi-use of tables!

Looks GREAT!

I got some ideas for sandpaper storage from your use of pegs on sliding panel!
... cool way of using making those sliding panels too! Good idea!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#11 posted 01-18-2014 02:49 AM

That is one fantastic setup! Lots of great ideas there.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#12 posted 01-18-2014 04:28 AM

very multipurpose

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#13 posted 01-18-2014 05:29 AM

nice setup there…

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

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#14 posted 01-18-2014 06:34 AM

The casters that I did use are from Rockler and very worth the money. They will lift anything and very easy to roll. The top around the downdraft table is made of cedar. Mostly for looks (I like the knotty look).

Ikea has more “ideas” than I knew before I took a good look at the store. I am very happy with the work bench top. I just wanted to slap that portion down without going through the glue-up ordeal.

The pull-outs to store the sandpaper on have been handier than I expected. I am going to do the same type of thing under my bench top drill press for all the different types of drill bits etc. A couple of drawer slides and a quarter sheet of plywood and you can take advantage of some wasted space and save some wall space for other things…....................

-- mike...............

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#15 posted 01-20-2014 06:43 PM

Nice setup, also have a down draft table I pick up some time back made by Delta. Don’t have it set up yet because of shop space. Your setup give me some good ideas to consider.

-- George R. Forest, Virginia

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