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Offline newinwood

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MFT as a draft table
« on: August 28, 2008, 09:18 PM »
Hi, if anybody modified MFT table  as a draft table. ??? Just an idea. If made a air tight construction from plywood bellow the table, routed canals between holes and connect Rigit vacuum?
Do you think it will work?
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Offline Dovetail65

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Re: MFT as a draft table
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2008, 11:23 PM »
I think it would need a lot more CFM than a ridgid vac could produce and I think the holes may be to big. Of course the theory is sound. I think a peg board might work better and reduce the surface area of the holes maybe half the mft top or less may help for the ridgid to work.
« Last Edit: August 28, 2008, 11:24 PM by nickao »
The one who says it can't be done should avoid interrupting the person doing it.

Offline Barry

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Re: MFT as a draft table
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2008, 02:42 AM »
Ummmm, with one of the CTs and a festool sander why would you need a down draft table???
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Offline Dan Clermont

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Re: MFT as a draft table
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2008, 04:31 AM »
You don't need a Draft table if you own a Festool sander and vac.

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Offline Dovetail65

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Re: MFT as a draft table
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2008, 09:44 AM »
Well I think that is partially true. I tend to sand things on edge. And even with great dust collection when half the sander is off the object I do get dust falling into the crevice between the higher object where the sander overhangs. I usually just tap the sander trigger and use the sander itself to suck up the missed dust like a vacuum.

There are many other instances like when using the jigsaw. It is not that effective at dust collection and I could see where a table would help. I also have a little Pencil router that has no collection and for this the down draft table would be great. Also, the table may be for tools that are not or can not be connected to a CT or other collector, even hand sanding would be nice on a down draft table.
« Last Edit: August 29, 2008, 09:46 AM by nickao »
The one who says it can't be done should avoid interrupting the person doing it.

Offline Steve Baumgartner

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Re: MFT as a draft table
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2008, 11:07 AM »
I agree with Nick.  Festools do a great job of collecting dust right at the source (the best way to do it), and shop vacs work if the dust is right at the end of the hose.  But once the dust is floating in the air, it requires a lot of CFM to pull it in before it can drift away (and eventually settle on everything in the shop  :( !).  The problem is worst for sanders because the dust is so fine, and least for things like jigsaws that mostly create chips that fall to the table.

I've tried to make downdraft tables several times and never been satisfied.  For one thing, most of the airflow seems to be at the side where the suction connects.  Plus, they just haven't been all that effective.  Does anybody know of published plans that work?

Steve