One the most useful things I ever fabricated was a downdraft cutting table.
I made one about 20 years ago and it turned out to be one of the most useful things I ever made.
I have used it as a plasma cutting table, a downdraft grinding table, a paintfume downdraft table, oxyfuel cutting table, and even a table to weld on galvanized coatings so I wouldn’t have to breathe the fumes.
It’s made with a funnel/vent hood that directs all the sparks and dust into a sliding tray where they can be dumped periodically.
This time around, I intend for it to be even more useful and am including a few improvements.
For example, I am including a telescoping handle that can be used to support short lengths of angle iron, flat bar, etc. without needing a roller stand.
I have a few other ideas as well… so stay tuned for the follow up videos.
I estimate this thing taking at least 3 videos to include enough details and dimensions to make it easy for schools to take this on as a student team project.
You will notice I am using the Stronghand Tools BuildPro Table as well as one of their 3 axis clamps. That helped me to knock out the frame in just a few minutes.
Also, being able to visualize the vent hood by using a riser block to transfer a point in space was extremely helpful and was a time saver.