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Drill press table and much more! #6: Drill press drum sander table - foot powered oscillating

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Blog entry by mafe posted 03-10-2015 10:53 PM 3564 reads 11 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Drill press drum sander table
foot powered oscillating.

I just bought a oscillating spindle sander and this was ironically the thing that inspired me to make this little project…
Why?
Just for fun, but also to be able to use my Supersander with a flat surface and a fence for thickness sanding small parts.
But basically I made it for the joy of making it.



So material are MDF.
First I cut a base and top that fits my drill press table.
Think now I would have made it a little bigger if I made it again, just to get some more table surface, but in my small machine room it’s fine I’m not going to vanish in jigs and tables.


Walls and sides.


Strange things that will give meaning in next picture…


This is the layout.
Base with walls, sides and the inside airflow walls or what ever I shall call them.
They are meant to prevent the dust from collecting in the corners.


The sides are open for clamping.
Where the pen points I will make a hole for the shop wac hose.


Tataaaaa.
Drilling a hole that will fit the hose you see in the background.


So glue and nails, I use a air nailer.
As always I shoot some of them in wrong directions…


Base are glued.


Now I cut a extra top in thin MDF.
Will explain why.
I hope.


Here you see the two layers.


The biggest drum I will use are the Supersander, so this determents the size of the hole in the top plate.
I make it a few mm bigger in each side to get a good air flow from the wac.
If the hole are to small it will not be able to suck and if it’s too big, it will suck too much outside air.


Ok now I am confused, but while the glue was drying or for what ever reason I can think of, I made a fence for it.
A few strips of MDF.


Glue.
Make sure you get it 90 degrees.
Again I nailed it with a air nailer.


So now time to play with the router.
I hate the router, too much noise, but a lovely tool it is.
I set up my circle cutting jig (can be found in my projects).


Set the size.


Like this.


Then power on and make a full turn around the clock.


Bingo.
(except I forgot to turn the wac on, so I made a terrible mess).


But now I can test it.


It works really well, all dust are gone and it seems sturdy.
A cool feature are that you can raise and lower the table, so you get to use the full with of the sandpaper.
If you need a table for the Supersander only, you can stop now.


Now I make that double top.
I make the hole bigger than the table top hole, this so I can make inserts to fit all my drums.


Here glued and nailed in place.


You see a rebate for making inserts and a opening for air.


Now time to make some inserts.


This time I cut on the band saw.


Just rough and the a hole in center.


Then use a circle sanding jig for making them fit, I want a loose fit so they are easy to get up.


Now draw in the size of drum and a little extra for air.


I do this for all my drum sizes.


Cut some holes.


Mount the drum.


And action!


Ok lets not get too exited, just go on MaFe.


Supersander with the insert in place, this was why I made it and I love it.


Ok to make it oscillating or kind of… I add a string to the drill press handle and then put a loop at the end I can put my foot inside, then I can move it up and down as I sand.
Yes it sounds really stupid I know, but try, you will be surprised.
The sanding are much more effective and the paper don’t clung up as fast.
Low tech oscillating.
Use grid 60-80 for shaping.


You may laugh that I work with no shoes today.


So here we have the kit, inserts, drums a sandpaper cleaning stick (you can also use a piece of Plexiglas).


Now I want to make a fast mount instead of the clamps, this because I have tracks in my drill press table.
So I mark where the tracks are, when the drum are in perfect position.


Then ad a bolt and wing nut.


Quick and clean.


Basically that’s it.


But the fence can be added and so you have a little thickness sander.
Remember to put the piece into the sander against the turning direction – otherwise you have a shooter.


Like this, kind of cool I think.


So this is where we say goodbye.
Another jig added to the shop, a few hours work and a really useful tool.



Hope can inspire, perhaps even to get more use of your drill press.

The best of my thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.



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SASmith

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#1 posted 03-10-2015 10:58 PM

A nice addition to any shop.
Thanks for sharing, mads.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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lew

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#2 posted 03-10-2015 11:06 PM

Now that’s cool! I especially like the oscillating mechanism!

Maybe a variation on it might be a spring loaded pedal.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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mafe

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#3 posted 03-10-2015 11:30 PM

If you don’t have drums or need special sizes, these links might be interesting.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLDNL8w940I
http://youtu.be/njPi14Yt5-g
Another interesting link Inside Diameter Sanding Jig:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omYYshYj-NY

Another way of spindles:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA7GJdaiZmo


This is what I bought and got me inspired, I will make a review at some point.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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mafe

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#4 posted 03-10-2015 11:46 PM

Scott, thanks for leaving a comment, I do appreciate it.
Lew, yes I think I need to upgrade that part if I will use it more than once in a while.
Could make a foot pedal like the once for a pole lathe, think all I need is two pieces of wood and hinge.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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mafe

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#5 posted 03-11-2015 12:00 AM

More videos.
This one is fun:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xaSvKXdrc0
This is so cool:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agjBgKB0CaQ

Lew, here are a solution: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pW2LsDwvz5A
And just found this guy that was there before me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gd_fU8jIZak

That should give plenty of options, laugh.

Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 03-11-2015 12:02 AM

well done mads

Happy boy you are and happy boy I am, to know you are so.

-- 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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mafe

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#7 posted 03-11-2015 12:16 AM

Thanks David, always happy, even when sad.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 03-11-2015 12:46 AM

Nice idea Mads,
That should make the sanding much better, and with the vac attached it should be low dust working.

Have a blessed evening, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#9 posted 03-11-2015 12:51 AM

Mafe,
Great job and inspiration to me because I have been messing around for a while looking for a not too expensive drill press.
I stumbled on a 1953 Shopsmith which I have just completed restoring with new bearings etc.
When the drill chuck is restored I will try your ideas.
I have done away with the full length bed for the SS to be used as a lathe and made a simple stand that simply houses the machine in vertical drill press mode. A lot less floor space needed.
When I get into action I will try again to add some fotos.
Cheers from sunny Hobart
Ron

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#10 posted 03-11-2015 01:35 AM

Good job Mads. Why didn’t I think of that ? ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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mafe

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#11 posted 03-11-2015 03:22 AM

Shopsmith attachment: http://www.shopsmith.com/ownersite/catalog/sn_oscillatingdrumsander.htm

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 03-11-2015 03:54 AM

Great project and informative post, as always. I did miss the usual picture of your pipe and tobacco at a break! Keep up the wonderful posts – you are an inspiration to many.

Best,
Tom

-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#13 posted 03-11-2015 06:00 AM

Thanks for that info Mafe, but I prefer your idea and work.
Thsis is my old (don`t tell my wife), so you can see why I prefer to stick to your system.
Ron

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#14 posted 03-11-2015 06:03 AM

As you can tell I styruggle with these BL%%%%%% computers and I am unable to get a foto from mine.
I will keep on trying in the dark.
TB

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#15 posted 03-11-2015 06:06 AM

Let`s see if this F*ing machine can find it now.

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