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Making a downdraft sanding box

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I'm guessing dust control goes under the heading of 'Shop Safety'...

Every time we sand anything at all we find that the dust is just too much to deal with and takes hours to clean the shop. So I decided a downdraft sanding box is needed. I've read how some say they don't work very well but I see plenty of how-to videos so someone must like them. Even if it only helped 25% it would be better but after building it and using it I can safely say it is catching at least 75% of the dust, if not more.

So nothing new or secret here, just a video documentation of how I built mine plus the slightly entertaining value of watching us work with a 4x8 sheet in a small shop.

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Both are interesting ways to address the storage problem, but I really like the second one, building the dust collection into the top of the work table. I found another option, a portable hood that clamps onto the workbench while you're sanding - still needs to be stored, but much smaller.

As an aside, I found that hooking a shop vac up to my ROS gave much better dust collection than the little canister that came with it, there seems to be little or no dust thrown out by the sander now.


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