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What works for limiting sanding dust accumulation

I made a little bench top sanding station from pegboard on a 2x4 base, With a port that connects to the DC. Seems to do a good job of holding the work in place, but not so much for dust control.

Do those self contained filter units / homemade version of the same do anything for the airborne sanding dust?

Its mainly an issue of keeping the shop cleaner, as I wear a dust mask when sanding.

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Dave - some photos of what you have may help with the responses.
an item on my bucket list is a sanding "booth" similar to what my uncle
made for his basement workshop. the booth is pretty compact as all the
projects he made was smaller than a football. (mostly woodcarvings).
here is a sample photo I found on the net that is very similar to his.

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I hook my shop vac to my ROS and it gets pretty close to all the dust, no mask required. I built a downdraft box for those times when using one makes more sense than the shop vac and ROS. For room air filtration I built a box fan and filter, mounted it above my tablesaw, and the fan runs from about 6 in the morning to about 9 each night.

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What is ROS.

I made a downdraft sanding station that connects to my DC. Perhaps the holes are too small. I simply repurposed some pegboard I had no other use for.

Forgive the paint cans. I also use it as a general stand off above the work top incase I spill a bit when Im painting, which I am today.

When not in use its stored elsewhere


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A purchase down draft is about 4k. Making one your elf is ok but you need DC above as well to catch what floats...
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What is ROS.
Random orbital sander.

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I hook my shop vac to my ROS and it gets pretty close to all the dust, no mask required. I built a downdraft box for those times when using one makes more sense than the shop vac and ROS. For room air filtration I built a box fan and filter, mounted it above my tablesaw, and the fan runs from about 6 in the morning to about 9 each night.

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I connect my ROS to a small shop vac as well. Works great. I think it makes the sander work more efficiently as well.
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I made myself a down draft table. I hated it. Always needed to move things to table for sanding, assuming they weren’t too large, which many things that I build are. I also hated the fact that I needed to run my 5hp dust collection to provide enough suction to suck all the dust down, assuming item wasn’t too tall that even with that much suction, it wouldn’t pull all the sawdust down.

After my son-in-law used my shop to sand down an old door and completely fill my shop with sanding dust I went out and bought new Festool sanders and dust extractor. It made one of the least desirable jobs actually bearable. Much better than a downdraft table in my opinion.
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FF,

I have no experience with a downdraft but I do know you need lots of air flow, some pretty decent CFM's. Assuming you have the DC capacity, I think larger holes would be the answer.

That said, personally I use a dust extractor (that Terry ^ referred to). I can use an ROS now with no need for dust mask, the collection is that good.

The thought of spending that much money on a dust extractor always put me off, but now that I have one, I think they are worth every penny.

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You'll get dust no matter what you use. If I have you sanding 30-40 cabinet doors, the end youll have dust everywhere. Even with a $4k sanding table there will be some...we were considering sanding rooms with upper and base dust collection..cost $$$$$. And they design them....
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Those of you using vacuums attached to the sander, do you always use the exact correct sandpaper that has holes in all the right positions?

I find myself grabbing whatever hook and loop paper fits, especially now with supply chain shortages.


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You'll get dust no matter what you use. If I have you sanding 30-40 cabinet doors, the end youll have dust everywhere. Even with a $4k sanding table there will be some...we were considering sanding rooms with upper and base dust collection..cost $$$$$. And they design them....

That’s exactly what I did most recently. Sanded a bunch of cabinet doors. Maybe 15 though.

Im certainly not spending that sort of money on dust control. But I might build a dedicated spray / sanding section into a garage addition Im planning.


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I connect my ROS to a small shop vac as well. Works great. I think it makes the sander work more efficiently as well.

I do the same it makes a big difference the misalignment between the exhaust and hose is not a perfect match but duct tape solves it

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I made a downdraft table that fits on my table saw. I keep my table clear so the only thing I have to take off is the splitter and the insert. I get the full suction that I get when I run the table saw.
I used 1/4” peg board. There is a 1/2” lip front and back that index to the front and rear of the table. The sides have 1/4” strips and there are 1/4” squares scattered around the bottom to keep the peg board above the table.

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I also use ROS w/shop vac hook up. I'm using frued universal discs.

I think the most important thing proper fitting dust port. Or duct tape as mentioned. Oh and Canadian tire brand ROS $50, works like charm hooked shop vac.

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Those of you using vacuums attached to the sander, do you always use the exact correct sandpaper that has holes in all the right positions?

I find myself grabbing whatever hook and loop paper fits, especially now with supply chain shortages.


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Not all sand paper matches, but I can always get at least 4 holes to line up.
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