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Barry, you might try enlarging some or all of your holes. The small holes actually cut down on the sir flow. Also they recommend beveling both sides of the holes to increase air flow. You can do that by just using a countersink.
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Herb, I will enlarge the holes a bit. Since the top is pegboard the counter sink idea won't work. Had I built something like your impressive box, with a thicker top, I'd do that. Thanks for the suggestion.
 

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I think you are right. The mini ones seem to hold fine, it is the large ones like the Irwins that don't hold good, and pinch your hands, good eye.
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Glad to see I'm not the only one who has trouble with Irwin! I have a couple of their clamps that I can't get to hold a dang thing! I have better luck with my HF ones, too (some of them, anyway.)
 
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I discovered Bessy had 4 packs of small and medium clamps a few years ago and have gradually replaced all my plastic clamps with them. Still have quite a few HF clamps, but I find my projects are less likely to be torqed out of square using the Bessy's, which have far heavier bars than the HF models of similar size. I've found the packs ranging from $20-$30, often on sale near Christmas. I have a crazy number of clamps, but the super stars are 4 sets of two Jet parallel clamps ranging from 24 to 60 inches--these make case work easier. Again, I was making far more money in those days. I have to tip toe past the clamp section now, keeping a death grip on my wallet.
 

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An update on my downdraft box.
I have been using it a lot for small p[projects and it works great. I have noticed a real change for the better in the amount of fine sawdust on things in the shop. I use it with a small rubber pad under the work,some of that non slip drawerliner. That decreases the noise and also keeps the wood from walking around the table top. I have found that the large holes work very well, and the removable side boards do help with concentrating the airflow on the top of the box.

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and the removable side boards do help with concentrating the airflow on the top of the box.
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