This sander was designed to get straight and sharp edges, particularly for small pieces. Here is how to build it.
All I needed was scraps, a 1/4 HP electric motor, a pulley, an electrical box, a switch and an electric cord (plus skills and imagination, of course!) to build this disk sanding jig.
The drum smooths curved edges on this disk and drum sander, while the disc can easily handle the straight edges.
You can convert your drill press to an oscillating sander for less than 30 dollars.
My oscillating disc sander has built-in dust collection and it works great, but only when the holes in the sanding disc are aligned with the vacuum holes in the sanders pad. And this simple requirement is not always as easy as it sounds. So rather than rely on a good aim when installing the discs, I put together sanding disc alignment tool that makes hitting the mark a sure thing.
By Allen Neighbors – This is the easiest way I have found to sand off the nubs after I have finished the bottom of a bowl.
Having the right tool for the job certainly makes a woodworking task easier. Take shaping and smoothing parts, for example. Getting smooth, even curves can be tough to do by hand or with portable sanders. But after building this disk sander, those hassles are a thing of the past. The cutting diagrams and materials list are available to download in this Online Extra.
An oscillating spindle sander is a great help for smoothing contours. But I came up with a way to use mine to joint or smooth the edge of a straight workpiece. The simple key is a jointing fence.
by Bob Elliott – This sander project was inspired by a recent article in Woodturning Design. The handle started out roughly inches square. A 5⁄16 inches hole was drilled at slight angle and then the opposing 5⁄8 inches counter bores to accept the bearings. After drilling was complete, I placed it between centers to round the lower handle to accept the inches plastic tubing. Finished handle length is 8 1/2 inches.
It is not often you can save time and money, but this heavy-duty, shop-built sander will do both. Powered by the motor on your table saw, this machine can quickly sand panels up to 16 inches wide so they are flat and smooth, whether it is a 3 inch-thick workpiece or a strip of veneer only 1/16 inches thick. The cutting diagrams and materials list are available to download in this Online Extra.