If you are trying to start a furniture repair or restoration business, there are a lot of different pieces of equipment that you are going to need to have so that you can do the job more efficiently. While you can do your job without those pieces of equipment, it just won't be as easy or efficient. One of those pieces of equipment is a sanding table.
While not every piece of furniture you work on is going to be small enough to fit on a table, many of the things that you will be working on will be small enough to put on a table. A sanding table is also called a downdraft table. It is specifically designed with dust collectors on the surface that suck down the sawdust as soon as it is generated. As the dust gets pulled into the collectors, it gets put into a collection bin that is generally under the table but could also be next to the table. Sanding tables also generally have built in air filters so that the dust doesn't get flung back into the air as it goes down into the collection bin. The tables do come in a variety of sizes, so you can find one that will work easily in your shop.
Benefits to Using a Sanding Table
Outside of making your work more efficient, there are several benefits to using a sanding table in your repair and restoration shop. One is that the table can speed up your cleanup. Since the table is sucking up all the sawdust, it's not going all over your shop. There may still be a little bit of sawdust that gets into the air that will need to be cleaned up, but in general, it will all go into the bin. That will also make it easier to breathe. Another benefit is that it is going to make it easier to work on other pieces at the same time. Your shop may have several pieces of furniture that are getting worked on all at the same time. If you have a piece that's getting worked on that needs to be varnished, painted, or stained, you don't want to have any sawdust floating around that could damage the finish.
When you start your new furniture repair and restoration shop, it's important to make sure that you have the equipment you need, including a good sanding table.