Shop Made Oscillating Edgesander

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Project by corydoras posted 10-23-2014 06:36 PM 15679 views 51 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sanding edges on a 12” disc sander only leave you with 6” of sanding surface before you move into dangerous territorium passing over the right side of the spinning disk going upwards.

Anyone who has ever tried this know what I am talking about.

So I decided I wanted to make an edgesander, with a couple of addons.

The sander is built from 24mm Plywood with high pressure laminate on both sides, and some 18mm mdf with the same surface.

Main structures are from plywood and table and dustcover from mdf (I ran out of ply)

Motor is 3/4 hp, and is underpowered. It will be replaced with a 1.5 hp.

Instead of putting the table at a skew, I decided to try to make it oscillating

The oscillation is provided by a windshield wiper motor.

The belt is 82” x 6”.

All the pulleys are made from 20mm plywood on the lathe.
The belt tension comes from a compression spring, which is compressed with the lever on the top to release belt tenion to replace it.

Drums are made from ABS pipe with plywood plugs in the ends.

Table is adjustable to use different parts of the sanding belt.

I made the shaft on the drive side of the sander long enough to add a 1 1/2” sanding drum at the top, and the dust cover suits as a table for it.
The main drive drum is 110mm and serves as a drumsander for larger inside curves.

The table for this drum is also adjustable in height.

I built a hinged free rolling drum to be able to track the belt, but adjusting the position on the motor for the oscillation up or down serves as tracking adjustment enough. (this make it tilt more or less front to back, adjusting the belt position on the drum)

You can see a build video of it on my Youtube Channel

I am very happy with it and hope I will get a lot of good use from it.

-- ->Growing old is mandatory, Growing up is optional-<

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#1 posted 10-23-2014 07:37 PM

Well done. Thanks for sharing.


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#2 posted 10-23-2014 07:42 PM

Thought I had seen this before, it was your video a month or so ago. Great work. Good to know about the motor. I’d like to build one and have several motors from 1/3 hp to 2 hp, guess I’ll use the bigger motor.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 10-23-2014 07:50 PM

Great project, thats a favorite! well done, thanks for sharing!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#4 posted 10-23-2014 07:57 PM

Great build. Like the design. Tempted to build one too.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#5 posted 10-23-2014 08:05 PM

Wow this is so cool Cory super design ,a tool that should serve you well for years to come

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#6 posted 10-23-2014 08:15 PM

Very nice build. I,m glad with your contribution. May I steal some details? I have seen your video and I,m impressed! Do you sell your plans?


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#7 posted 10-23-2014 11:37 PM

That is really impressive! You are a mechanical genius! I assume the windshield wiper motor for oscillation is 12v; how do you power it?

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#8 posted 10-24-2014 01:18 AM

Great Build! I gotta learn to make one of those. Can’t afford a commercial one. Good Job. Thanks for posting.

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#9 posted 10-24-2014 02:34 AM

Brilliant work, thank you sharing!

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#10 posted 10-24-2014 02:59 AM

great sander. Your video does a super job explaining how it works and was built.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 10-24-2014 04:55 AM

This man is a genius.

I highly recommend looking at his youtube channel.


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#12 posted 10-24-2014 05:07 AM

That’s an amazing creation, fantastic work. Never seen an edge sander made from wood before, and it’s even oscillating. The turned pulleys are a neat idea, I’ll have to try that someday.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#13 posted 10-24-2014 06:52 AM

Great work on this.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 10-24-2014 07:18 AM

Just what I need. Thanks for sharing.

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#15 posted 10-24-2014 08:29 AM

What a fantastic build. Excellent planning and engineering skills applied to this project.

Such machines are very valuable for the reason you mention in your post. They are of course also very expensive to buy commercially.

I am sure if looked after it will last for years and provide valuable service to your shop.

Is it all your own design or did you come across a plan?

Either way, a well executed project, top marks.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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