Downdraft sanding table from scrap.
Well, it’s more like a suitcase but it works. I have a very small shop and most tools are stored away until I need them then I move it to either my work table or a space at the end of my work table (router, band saw or scroll saw all on wheels). Dust collection is through a shop vac with a Dust Right separator in line that I move to each machine or the work table as necessary. Dust collection works reasonably well for the power tools but, since I make toys for the grandkids, I do a lot of hand sanding and dust has always been a problem. I've looked at downdraft tables in the past but they’ve been expensive so I continued to jury-rig the shop vac. So much for the back story.
While randomly browsing the Internet I came across a picture of a shop made down draft sanding table. I've seen these before but I guess I hadn’t choked on enough dust to do something about it. Anyway, realizing that I could duplicate it from scrap, cost is always an issue, I decided to make one. In case anyone wants to duplicate it, it’s 18” by 24”. The sides are made from a 7’ 1 X 4. I used ½” MDF for the bottom and pieces of ¾” plywood for the internal braces. You could really use just about anything you have in your scrap bin. I put a handle on it, made from ¾” pine, since I have to move it to a shelf or the floor when not in use. I cut the handle out with a scroll saw and rounded the edges with a 1/8" round over bit. The hole in the end fits the 2 ½” hose from the shop vac. The only thing I paid for was the foam Contact pad. A 20” by 4’ roll cost $5. So, for an out of pocket cost of $5 I have a downdraft sanding table. It may not be the best looking project on the block but it works and my lungs are grateful.