DOWNDRAFT SANDING TABLE
Limited space influenced this smart design.
SHOP OWNER: Barbara Siddiqui
LOCATION: Wenatchee, WA
I needed a downdraft-sanding table to help control dust when using my random orbit sander. I did not want a freestanding unit because I work wood in the limited space of a one-car garage. Since my shop space is at a premium, necessity dictated the design. Trying to utilize existing space, I decided to rig one under one wing of my contractor's tablesaw. It took a bit of head scratching before coming up with the idea for how to make a box that would fit beneath the webbed cast iron wing.
I simply held a four-inch board up to each side of the webbing and, using a pencil, marked for the cutouts. Then I made a lightweight box with ¾-inch plywood for the ends that receive screws, which hold the acrylic inserts in place above. The webbed wings on my saw were recessed exactly 1/8-inch. This allows the 1/8-inch thick acrylic inserts to sit flush with the top of the tablesaw wing and not interfere with its use. I glued a one-inch wide strip of masonite along the bottom of the box to support the two angled baffles laid in to direct the airflow.
To make the ½-inch holes in the acrylic inserts, I drilled them using a brad point bit and a fresh backer board for each hole. To avoid cracking the acrylic as the bit broke through, I was careful to go slowly and gently. Because the acrylic is slick, I use a simple piece of common rubber shelf liner to steady the work piece while sanding. A shop vacuum provides the suction to draw the sawdust down. The hose end fits into a 2½-inch hole at the back of the box. Even though the box has a tight pressure-fit under the frame of the cast iron wing, I also used screws on the outside for added support.. . . Barbara Siddiqui
CLICK HERE TO RETURN TO THE INDEX!
SEND US YOUR "SHOP SHOTS"
This is the place to share views of your shop, woodworking tips and methods,
mug shots, special tools or machines, finished work--you name it!
We prefer digital images via e-mail, but prints or transparencies will do. Include your name, address, phone number and a paragraph or two explaining the photo(s). Not every entry will be used, we reserve the right to edit for length and clarity, and we will not return photos.
P.O. Box 493
Springtown, PA 18081