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Making a downdraft sanding box

by difalkner
posted 02-13-2017 04:30 AM


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#1 posted 02-13-2017 07:32 AM

I wouldn’t be without mine and use it religiously. It works so well, I have to force myself to use the sander in situations in which the table can’t be used. The difference between mine and most is, it has sides, a back and a top, which can be raised and lowered.

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#2 posted 02-13-2017 12:22 PM

Nice, Kelly! I don’t have room to leave it set up. If I were to make another one I would look at 1/4” or 3/16” hardboard with solid wood internal frame, maybe 3/4” x 3/4” sticks. That might take a little while longer to make but would probably be half the weight.

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#3 posted 02-13-2017 04:04 PM

Keep in mind, mine evolved, as might be suggested from the multi-colored nylon in the one picture and the yellow in another.

First, I just had the box (about 30” wide x 24” deep). I’d would pull it out and set it on one of the carts, the saw out-feed table or what was handy. It helped, but wasn’t impressive. I thought about the fact some of my dust collector hoods worked better than others. Small and directed seemed key, so I thought about adding telescoping posts on each corner to hold a some nylon I had floating around. It was a night and day improvement.

The station worked so well, I added legs. From there, I added a shelf to hold sanders. Of course, they needed a power bar.

All this said, it wouldn’t be hard to have a folding post on each corner. Pull your table out or flip it up on a wall, then fold the posts up and drape a shower curtain or something air cant flow through and you’re good to go.

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