Free Disk Sander - on your lathe (NOW MOVED TO PROJECTS)

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Blog entry by Maclegno posted 01-16-2010 03:34 AM 2935 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch


-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy

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#1 posted 01-16-2010 04:55 AM

Nice write up. Another option I’ve been considering is Freud sells a metal truing blade for tablesaws, and also sells self-adhesive sanding disks that attach to it, so you can use your tablesaw as a sanding disk.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#2 posted 01-16-2010 05:13 AM

I don’t think i would mess with the TS as a sander… that spins way to fast.

-- San Diego, CA

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#3 posted 01-16-2010 06:11 AM

ShopNotes #107 has plans for a disk sander setup powered by your drill press (its intended for sharpening, but no reason you can’t use it for general sanding)

You basically chuck your drill onto a rod attached to a pulley that drives the disc, which can be swapped for other bandsaw-made discs with various grits of SA sandpaper attached. Pretty cool setup.

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#4 posted 01-16-2010 04:13 PM

Very good and useful project. I like the idea of the easy to use thumb screws and also your simple but effective table adjustment. Though you could also make a table that tilts from 0-45 degrees. Not everyone needs this feature, but it is an option some might want. another useful feature could be a slot in the table for a miter gauge which would allow you to sand angled and 90 degree cuts with high accuracy.

I have a 12” disk sander with a table and all. However I still made a disk sander for my lathe so I could use the entire surface of the disk for sanding bowl segment rings. This can’t be done on the sanding machine as only the top half is exposed. Also I was able to buy two 12” velcro self adhesive disks to attach to both my disk sanders and sanding disks that stick to velcro. This makes it very easy and quick to change sanding disks, especially helpful if you are wanting to use different grits on a project. Thanks, a good post.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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