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    Casey Burns's Avatar

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    Default Time to build a new printing table

    finally getting around to building a new home setup, and this time it won't damage my back like my old table ...
    i'm following andymac's plans as a starting point, but am planning to build a surface to accommodate 24 x 36" screens. i'm also going to build this so it can be mounted without hardware on top of a wedge structure that will sit on top of my flat files, so i can print at an angle. ideally the wedge will house the vacuum, and will be enclosed and foam-baffled to cut down on vacuum noise. or is this a ridiculous idea (ie will the vacuum overheat if in a relatively closed housing?
    here's where i need input:
    any recommendations for horsepower on a wet/dry vac? any good but cheap models you can recommend?
    i heard something about someone designing a table with a pressure switch for the vacuum that turns it off when you lift the screen. does anyone have a link to that info?
    those of you that have built an angled table: what's a good angle to work with? i want my back to love me.

    thanks in advance.

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    Casey,went to your myspace page and listen to Polvo..Love it!..Math rock..very cool..love that noise band vibe..I know this has nothing to do with your table but...thanx for the turn-on.

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    i just asked andy mac about the suckfest the other day...here's what he said:

    Re the vac, any household unit will give you enough suckage - you do not require any massive vacuum, after a certain amount the suction does not increase - I use alittle shark sometimes on a 24x36 size, works fine. Better to use a smaller home unit and put it in a box to kill the sound. You can pipe the suction to the table through 1.5" pvc plumbing pipe if you want to locate the vacuum in a closet or outside the room.

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    i have a real small shop vac that can be replaced for 30 bucks if it ever quits. i also got an extra hose and stuck the vac in the crawl space in the next room of the basement and then i use a xmas tree foot switch to turn it on and off. small vac works great, you just have to cover all the extra holes with paper or tape.

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    thanks josh. maybe i'll have the vacuum enter through the bottom rather than the side ....

    and yes, polvo were the shit.

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    yea you still need let me put the led lights in it so the holes glow

    ...cause that would be awesome when we are having raves

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    i bought a (momentary on, button type) switch from home depot when i was building my table, and put it in place right under the hinge clamp. the button is pressed when the screen/hinge is down, and is not pressed when the screen comes up. it took some figuring out, a little more than andymac's plans, but it works. i also wired the switch to an extension cord, so i can plug the table in, and plug the vacuum into the other end of the cord, and the vacuum turns on when the screen is down. i don't have pics of this, but i do believe someone else posted a thread with pics.

    i'm moving into a place with a garage in a month, and i plan on building a new printing/working station, and will post lots of pics of that project. i did see someone's process thread that included a vacuum table which was made of plexiglass, so it was backlightable...that thing killed. i dunno if i've got that much to spend on supplies...all the plywood for my current setup was dumpstered...

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    brenda....

    she's of the hinge, yo

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    I don't understand the benefits of having the vacuum turn on and off when the screen goes up and down.
    seems like a weird technical hassle.
    plus wouldn't you burn out your vacuum faster turning it on and off
    every pull?
    we just let ours HUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tooth View Post
    I don't understand the benefits of having the vacuum turn on and off when the screen goes up and down.
    seems like a weird technical hassle.
    plus wouldn't you burn out your vacuum faster turning it on and off
    every pull?
    we just let ours HUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
    i've got roommates. and i like to print at odd hours. my print runs aren't that many, so as for the burning out the motor issue, it's prolly a wash.

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