Introduction: Downdraft Table Workbench

Downdraft table for dust collection.

Step 1: MDF

Cut MDF to sit on top of table saw stand.

Step 2: Box

Cut wood boards and a small piece of MDF to fashion a box.

Step 3: Fasten

Screw together.

Step 4: Drill Holes

Drill holes in the top piece of MDF. Use peg board as a template.

Step 5: Smooth

Smooth out the underside of the drill holes with a countersink bit.

Step 6: Plumbing

Attach a tube to connect to a shop vacuum.

Step 7: Caulk

Seal all the seams.

Step 8: Attach Top

Fasten top piece of MDF to the box and seal.

Step 9: Fit

Fit under the table saw.

Step 10: Modification

The vacuum did not pull enough volume of air, so I modified the box to hook up to my dust collector.

Step 11:

I also ended up getting a different table saw, so I decided to use the downdraft table as part of my workbench. I added a small box to contain dust with a second dust collector vent on the side.

Step 12: Downdraft Station

The space is now multipurpose and tools can be swapped out.

Comments

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baecker03 (author)2017-07-10

pegboard is mdf with holes.. should work okay if you can layer it with 2-3, ensuring that the holes align and are pressed flat when the glue is curing.

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ttemple2 (author)2017-01-05

Nice! Lot's of potential for this one. I really like the idea swapping the tools out, that's clever. I wonder if you could just use braced peg board as is, instead of drilling all those holes in MDF? And, it seems like building a box with a downward angled bottom would be more efficient for collection. Just my opinion. Thanks for posting!

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djpolymath (author)ttemple22017-01-05

I think using braced pegboard or even double layer pegboard would work just fine. I had a new hand drill at the time and guess I got a bit carried away. :) I also like the idea of an angled bottom.

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