Oscillating spindle sander bug fix.
Sheppach osm 100, Triton, WEN, Shop Fox and more
I got my self one of these cheap spindle sanders, mine is a Scheppach, the price was simply too god to reject, got it by mail from Germany and saved 30% from the price I had to pay here in Denmark… Strange world.
I am really impressed with it, used it now for more than a month and love it.
Had no idea I needed one of these, actually always thought it was one of those tools that was made to make us poor, but trying one from JET in Scotland at my friend Jamies place, made me realize these sanders really are here for a reason, they get the job done.
The spacer ring that provides table surface between the drum and the table are a wee to low.
Not a big problem, but it gets you off 90 degrees on small parts.
They are sold under many names and the only thing changing are the color of the plastic, that means that it is probably the same problem for all of them, that I experienced on mine.
Here it is.
A good heavy machine, that can stand on it’s own, but I decided to mount it on this rolling cabinet, so I can roll it out when I need to use it for longer time and then sit at a comfortable height.
It’s a cast iron table and the drums runs smooth and stable. I connected it to my shop vac and it is almost dust free when running.
I can highly recommend it, you get a lot for a little here.
Here you see the problem, the black plastic spacer ring that provides table surface between the drum and the table are a wee to low.
So I set out to fix that, my first idea was making a shim, so I cut up a Coke can and made a giant washer.
Gave it a second thought… this will need to be glued in place and will be slippery… Hmmmm.
Then I remembered I had a roll of this non skid tape you put on skateboards and found the thickness was perfect.
So just cleaned up the edge, put on tape in pieces and the problem was solved.
Now every ring will fit, no matter what size of spindle.
One of the things I really love about this machine, is that now I can drill a hole close to the size needed and then sand out the exact size, this will make so many tasks easier. That used to be a time consuming task, involving files and sandpaper on rods. But yes I am really surprised how often I turn it on.
Nice for sanding small curves.
If you don’t have the money for a oscillating spindle sander, but have a drill press, then look at my blog: http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/51834
Perhaps this can inspire others to make a fix…
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.