The Basement #30: The Sander Cart......

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Blog entry by JL7 posted 06-25-2012 12:53 AM 4535 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 29: Shop Vac - Cyclone and Cart Part 30 of The Basement series Part 31: Byrd Shelix upgrade for the DW735 »

I’ve been working on the old Craftsman belt sander for awhile now. Picked it up from my brother a couple of years ago. I replaced the bearings and that made a world of difference. Built a new cart recently and picked up a 12” disc sander at HF with 20% off coupon…...and the free flashlight.

The motor on the old Craftsman was tired, so another HF gamble was to buy the 1/2 HP motor….of course with the 20% off…...

The motor is smooth and strong (so far)......previously, I could easily stop the sander with moderate pressure…..not now…..

Next issue – DUST. No dust control on the old timer…..

Sliced up some 3” PVC and modified a shop vac port and made a friction fit dust collection port…..not that pretty, but it functions well…....

Next problem – no where to mount the switch for the belt sander – so engineered a bit of “plier” like mount using maple flooring scraps on the cast iron handle on the disc sander….

Behind the switch is a little pvc tray for the eraser….

And here it is it’s new home – the sanding corner…...

The old Craftsman is running better than ever – lots of power. The HF disc has yet to prove it’s keep, but runs pretty smooth, lots of power (1-1/2 HP….or so they say). The table is sub-par but we’ll see.

Dust collection is good on both – and that’s a major issue in the basement…....

Thanks for looking.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 06-25-2012 12:58 AM

Spiffy design and setup, makes the most of limited space. Finished nicely, almost too good for a workshop. Well done.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#2 posted 06-25-2012 01:02 AM

Looks like an efficient layout – lots of capability in a small space!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 06-25-2012 01:09 AM

Sweet. I see you put the modular cabinet right into use. Nice dust collection mod too. Carry on.

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#4 posted 06-25-2012 01:19 AM

Roger, Steve and Shane - thanks! Not too good for the workshop though….it is intended for use…

Appreciate the comments!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#5 posted 06-25-2012 01:22 AM

Sweet setup Jeff. I see you have mounting bolts. Craftsman sanders like to jump off the tables…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#6 posted 06-25-2012 01:27 AM

Thanks Marty – seems like I read somewhere that you might have experience with jumping sanders…...

Yes….....we bolted her down…. :)

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#7 posted 06-25-2012 02:27 AM

Ahh yes. That should be a beast of a sander

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 06-25-2012 02:40 AM

Thanks Roger!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#9 posted 06-25-2012 05:11 AM

big improvement jeff

nice and compact too

well done

-- 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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#10 posted 06-25-2012 02:42 PM

Yes, the 20% off at HF comes in mighty handy. I’m assuming you frequent the one on Central. I have probably seen you there or will bump into you at some point.

The cart fits nicely in the corner and will be plenty useful. Good job.


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#11 posted 06-25-2012 06:59 PM

That is a great sanding station you have put together.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#12 posted 06-25-2012 09:35 PM

Thanks David – appreciate it!

Sean – yes the one on Central – you must be just up the road from me – I’m in Fridley….we’re sure to cross paths at some point!

Thanks for the comments Scott!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#13 posted 06-26-2012 12:48 AM

Now that’s the way to build it. You have a great station going on there with a bit of ingenuity. Impressive Jeff. Thumbs up!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#14 posted 06-26-2012 12:56 AM

Mix a little “basement engineering” with a touch of “Rube Goldberg”, sprinkle with a few “thingamajigs” and you have a sweet sanding station. Great job on the whole setup!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#15 posted 06-26-2012 03:52 AM

that is a sweet set up Jeff , shops filling up with some good tools looks great

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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