Making a shelf. Cut the width. Cut to length. Easy right? Not.

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Blog entry by BlankMan posted 11-20-2009 08:37 AM 1407 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, I get this new enclosed stand for my Delta Drum Sander and one side of it is open. Why? Storage? But there’s no shelf. No bottom. So you’d be storing stuff on the floor. And if it’s on a normal mobile base that is also open you’d be dragging the stuff around on the floor when you moved it. Dumb.

The kicker is, I’ve seen promo pictures where they show sandpaper being stored in there sitting on the non existent shelf. So just to double check I go to a store that has the Drum Sander on display with this base and guess what? No shelf.

So I decide to make a shelf. Easy. Rip the board to width. Cut the board to length. Done. Not quite. Take a look at the picture of the shelf so that it fits nicely in the base and doesn’t have any gaps around it’s edges where things could fall through to the floor.

There’s a couple of pictures of it installed too. Just got to paint it now. And way down at the bottom is a picture of what I was talking about taken right off of Delta’s site!

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#1 posted 11-20-2009 03:40 PM

Nice work, clever use of “any space” for storage.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 11-20-2009 04:02 PM

maybe you can sell them to Delta ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 11-20-2009 04:40 PM

very cool execution! I’m surprised that they don’t ship those stands with a shelf, or at least offer it for some change.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 11-20-2009 04:46 PM

You’re better off this way. Delta would have charged you $40!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 11-20-2009 07:57 PM

Seems like Delta owes you! Nice work. Looks like htere is room for a second shelf though.

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#6 posted 11-20-2009 08:37 PM

sars, I might have considered paying that. It comes down to do I want to work on my furniture projects or do I want to work on projects for my shop? Given the choice furniture projects. I’ve been spending way too much time and the majority of my time working on things for the shop and that;’s been going on for too many years because I keep buying new stuff and upgrading existing stuff. I think I just pinpointed the problem! I need to stop that! That ain’t gonna happen… :)

Ratchet, a second shelf above the one shown was my intention. But when I did this dry fit I grabbed the box of sandpaper that I use on this sander to make sure it fit, it did. But If I put in a second shelf it won’t thus I won’t be doing that.

I buy the sandpaper in the bulk box not the individual rolls. The boxes are about 12-14” square and 2’ thick. I would have really liked another shelf but I’m happy being able to at least store the sandpaper I use on it there and not someplace else in the shop.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#7 posted 11-21-2009 12:01 AM

Nice job on the shelf, how do you like the sander?

-- Mert,Oshkosh WI,

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#8 posted 11-21-2009 12:22 AM

Thanks, and I love it. I was the first on my block to get one. :D But really, I bought it when it was first introduced before Delta was even shipping them so there was some wait involved. It gets a lot of use and saves a lot of time. I always wanted a Performax but when this one came out I liked the fact that the drum is stationary and the table moves up and down as opposed to the drum moving up and down on the Performax. Was always a little leery of the drum staying parallel to the table over time on the Performax being moved all the time, just wear on the guides.

I do like the new Jet 22” oscillating one only because it oscillates but at the price and its cabinet’s footprint I won’t be buying one. And right now I’m having some problems with Jet’s warranty support (which isn’t the first time but I don’t seem to learn) so I don’t think I’m in the mood to buy anything Jet at the moment.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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