Whether you don’t want to spend the $100+ for a downdraft table from the store or you want to build a custom downdraft table right into your new bench, Rockler’s new solid-steel downdraft table panels are an easy way to start building your own.
Instead of laying out all the holes and drilling and drilling and drilling, these panels have been pre-drilled with an optimal hole pattern for collecting dust from your sanding project. Rockler places 16 rubber grommets in every panel to keep workpieces from sliding around on the panels. Two stops, included with every panel, fit in the other holes to keep the workpiece secure.
Rockler sells a set of two panels for $25, and on their website you can find some plans for building your own downdraft table.