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02-11-2019 04:31 PM

I’m curious how many of you have incorporated self-made downdraft tables in your works shop. Do you like them? Do you USE them? Please feel free to share photos. I see most of them are made with pegboard and that was what I was considering. Looking forward to your feedback.

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#1 posted 02-11-2019 07:23 PM

i made a small one a few years ago using the panels from rockller,which has much larger holes and rubber rings to keep work pieces from sliding around.i only used it a few times and didnt really think it did much for collecting dust and dismantled it.i now have my sanders hooked up to a vac system.

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#2 posted 02-11-2019 07:46 PM

I made one, 30×24x6 using pegboard. It didn’t work so well until I enlarged a lot of the holes to 3/8 inch. I am now considering enlarging the holes where I do most of my work to 1/2 inch. I also added side shields to it. It works good for sanding and OK for hand routing, I think the larger holes will help even more.

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#3 posted 02-11-2019 08:44 PM

I like the looks of this one, but I haven’t built one yet.

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#4 posted 02-12-2019 04:42 PM

dont have camera access but heres a video i used to build mine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9USUzLaMrI&t=382s

he did a lot of routing for the runs- i just ripped some 3/4 strips, nailed in place to the top for the grid, then screwed the bottom on.
mine is in the middle of an 8 foot bench top and it rocks. io use it every time im sanding.

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#5 posted 02-14-2019 09:53 PM

tomsteve, I like the way you think. This solution looks like it would be more effective than the standard box with a pegboard solution. Thanks for linking that!

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#6 posted 03-19-2019 04:56 PM

Hey tomsteve, I’m curious if you used 3/4” holes and do you find that you drop things down there and then have to retrieve them? Also curious if you’re using this as an outfeed table for a table saw. And finally, did you go with MDF? I’m concerned that MDF might get too beat up. I would be using this table as an outfeed, assembly, and sanding table. Love to hear any other thoughts about that.

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#7 posted 03-21-2019 04:40 PM

Christmas is a big deal in our family….we spend too much on relatives and they on us…a couple of years ago I asked and received this:
https://www.grizzly.com/products/Shop-Fox-20-x-40-Benchtop-Downdraft-Table/W1733A

It is very nice….with all the stuff on it I doubt you could build it for 150.00, so I figure I only have 70.00 extra dollars in it, and it works great, but now I use a small vac with my sanders and not sure I need it at all….but I have been sanding with the vac and this totally dustless.

-- Mike

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#8 posted 03-21-2019 04:59 PM

Yes… and I use it all the time.

lots more details on my project page.

I do all of my sanding there, and between it, a Jet air filter over head, and my Shop Vac hooked up to the sanders, I can sand extensively without need of a dust mask. But you need quite a bit of air flow to make them effective. I have two seperate 4” lines going from my DC to the bottom of the DD table and I close the blast gates at all of the machines when in use.

It pinch hits as my outfeed table.

And I cover it with a roll of kraft paper and do all of my finishing on it as well.

It’s also an overflow area for assembly.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#9 posted 03-21-2019 09:53 PM

Maniac Matt, nice stuff there! Thanks for the share and the link to the project.

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#10 posted 03-24-2019 04:18 PM

HVAC installers usually have used blowers laying around…..mine gave me one complete with motor to use for my set up. Lots of power!
Kept final cost very low.

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