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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 ” MDF for the bottom and pieces of ” 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 ” 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 ” 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.
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Hi Barry I like your idea could really work for me as well. regards carl

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Nice job Barry. Looks easy to build, easy to store, and very effective.
Is the bottom 1/4" and did you make a rabbet for it to fit in? It almost appears that you doubled up on the 1x4 sides and ends. Maybe what I see is a pencil line.
Anyway very nice. Thanks for sharing!

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Nice job Barry. Looks easy to build, easy to store, and very effective.
Is the bottom 1/4" and did you make a rabbet for it to fit in? It almost appears that you doubled up on the 1x4 sides and ends. Maybe what I see is a pencil line.
Anyway very nice. Thanks for sharing!

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Mike, I misspoke. The bottom is 1/4" MDF not 1/2". What you see is a pencil line. I was going to cut a rabbit and inset the top but realized that was really overkill. Better that i should finish what really amounts to a jig and get on with the real projects. I started complex and ended up with the KISS principal.
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I made a similar sanding station. As I leave it out on my work bench next to my miter chop saw, I set the height of the station to match the miter saw. Thus it does dual duty as sanding station and infeed table to the saw.

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Everyone needs one, Barry. Now if I could just figure out how to incorporate the two 5' pieces of edge grain, air dried, 3x12 D. Fir that have been lying around my shop for 7+ years into the design, I'd be all over this project!
I think I read somewhere that if you slope the bottom from shallow at the far end to max. depth closest to the outlet, you get a more even draw across the whole surface(?)...
But if it works fine the way it is, leave the design well enough alone, eh? If it ain't broke... (we woodworkers soon will be). lol
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I made a similar sanding station. As I leave it out on my work bench next to my miter chop saw, I set the height of the station to match the miter saw. Thus it does dual duty as sanding station and infeed table to the saw.

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Nice and simple Barry, thanks!!

Ben--that's a heck of an idea, thanks for that too!!

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That should work just as well for power sanding too. Most all of them have the dust catchers built in but they don't work 100%.

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"That should work just as well for power sanding too"
Isn't that what it's for? What other kind is there...I mean, not including drywall or finger nails.
Seriously though, I don't even really notice the dust from the odd bit of hand sanding. My pneumatic 'jitterbug' on the other hand! Holy ****!! I might as well just stick my head in the DC's collection bag.
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Ben - good idea. I roll my larger tools (band saw, router) to the foot of my work bench and then pile up "stuff" to match the height for an outfeed table. The downdraft table would work for that with minor shimming. Thanks.

Dan - you're probably right about the air flow. I just finished it and haven't used it, except for a quick test, since my family is in for the Thanksgiving holiday. Thinking ahead, for once, i attached the bottom with screws (#8 3/4" counter sunk) so i could make changes. Next week I'll check it out. If you're right, it will be easy to put in a piece of 1/8" MDF slanting it towards the dust collection slot.

Charles - of course you're right. I'lld use it with my 1/4 sheet sander too but, for me, most of my sanding is hand sanding of small parts.
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