Downdraft Table

  • Advertise with us

« back to Focus on the Workspace forum

Forum topic by myxology posted 02-11-2019 04:31 PM 804 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View myxology's profile


87 posts in 1696 days

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.

-- Is this thing plugged in?

10 replies so far

View pottz's profile


5791 posts in 1440 days

#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.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

View Davevand's profile


125 posts in 1292 days

#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.

View t3steve's profile


20 posts in 345 days

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

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

View tomsteve's profile


958 posts in 1675 days

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

dont have camera access but heres a video i used to build mine

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.

View myxology's profile


87 posts in 1696 days

#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!

-- Is this thing plugged in?

View myxology's profile


87 posts in 1696 days

#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.

-- Is this thing plugged in?

View moke's profile


1402 posts in 3232 days

#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:

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

View Mainiac Matt 's profile

Mainiac Matt

9238 posts in 2784 days

#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

View myxology's profile


87 posts in 1696 days

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

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

-- Is this thing plugged in?

View spitfirepete's profile


9 posts in 196 days

#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.

-- I'm a consultant...when she wants my opinion, she will ask for it.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics