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    Default Vacuum Table _Works Great...

    Finally completed my vacuum plenum ...Made from Starboard...will get it made in aluminum some year....this works for now...



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    What can it hold, and what kind of vacuum?
    Kyle Stapleton
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    No vacuum yet...just hooked up shopvac for time being...with conventional board, you could hold whatever you wanted. It creates a lot of flow and once sucked down its not coming off very easy...looking to get pump here soon..

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    Be mindful that HDPE expands and contracts quite a bit with the temperature. I do a lot of cutting with this material and had to put AC in my shop to maintain a constant temperature to get consistent dimensions in the material. I am interested to see how this works for you. The stuff is very strong and wear resistant but its also very slippery and responds to temperature.
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    Ive been using a plenum made from Starboard HD for almost three years (will be three years this summer). So far I have not noticed any issues and I have swing in temps from about 62 F in winter, to 80+ F in summer. Mine is 48" by 48" and bolted to my Shopbot's deck with 12 machine screws.

    I just lay the MDF spoilboard on top - when the vacuum is on, there is absolutely NO way it can move on the Starboard plenum. WHen the vaccum is off, the neoprene gasket keeps it from sliding/moving. I dont fasten it down otherwise.

    Just my experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajcoholic View Post
    Ive been using a plenum made from Starboard HD for almost three years (will be three years this summer). So far I have not noticed any issues and I have swing in temps from about 62 F in winter, to 80+ F in summer. Mine is 48" by 48" and bolted to my Shopbot's deck with 12 machine screws.

    I just lay the MDF spoilboard on top - when the vacuum is on, there is absolutely NO way it can move on the Starboard plenum. WHen the vaccum is off, the neoprene gasket keeps it from sliding/moving. I dont fasten it down otherwise.

    Just my experience.
    How is the spoil board if you don't have the vacuum on? does it stay flat? I cut things that I cna't use a vacuum on and I need the sailboard to be flat at the time.

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