TS outfeed table with downdraft

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Blog series by Mainiac Matt updated 05-25-2013 06:25 PM 8 parts 14629 reads 25 comments total

Part 1: The Nutty Professor is at it again

05-21-2013 01:24 AM by Mainiac Matt | 3 comments »

This view shows the back side of my recently refurbished TS. There are ~46” between the saw and my primary work bench. I lowered the bench to match the height of the TS @ 32-7/8” and planned to bridge the two with an outfeed table…. but I wanted to do something different with it. Since I have two 4” DC lines running back there, I figured this would be a great place for a down draft table. Here’s the preliminary design… To maximize air flo...

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Part 2: cut the parts today...

05-21-2013 01:33 AM by Mainiac Matt | 4 comments »

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. So today I got all my panel parts cut and swung by Home Depot, where I purchased the only two straight 2×4s in the store.

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Part 3: perimeter fence detailed

05-21-2013 01:21 PM by Mainiac Matt | 3 comments »

Bill Pentz makes a strong case for the need of a perimeter fence, to constrain the “cloud” of dusty air with in the “suck zone” (my terminology) of the down draft table. So I wanted to incorporate one into my design. But since I’m using the surface primarily as an out-feed table, the fence needs to be either removable or better yet, needs to fold up out of the way. So I’ve laid out the design with the end walls hinged to the longer back wall, and the...

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Part 5: Progress

05-24-2013 12:27 AM by Mainiac Matt | 0 comments »

Clamps off (and put away :^) DC fittings arrived today… Next step is to fabricate the integral dual blast gates and close in the bottom.

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Part 6: Bottom with double blast gate

05-25-2013 02:29 PM by Mainiac Matt | 2 comments »

Here with the gate shut And here with it open

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Part 7: Closing up the bottom

05-25-2013 05:40 PM by Mainiac Matt | 1 comment »

Mounted the DC stubs to the bottom and then attached the bottom with TBII and screws. Using textured one side 1/4” Masonite with the smooth side in for the sloped pieces. 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. Next is to mount the t...

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Part 8: The eagle has landed

05-25-2013 06:25 PM by Mainiac Matt | 9 comments »

I kept some stubs of perforated angle iron I didn’t need when setting up a set of basement shelves…. They’ve been out in the shed for 9 years….. I knew they’d come in handy some day, and today I used one to mount the out- feed table to the bench. I drilled a pair of holes in the Biesemeyer fence angle for the other side and leveled it flush with shims…. Next up is hooking up the DC hoses… Then I need to mount the side boards with piano hinge

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