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Project by kiefer posted 06-22-2015 10:48 PM 4451 views 41 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The other day I ran out of a couple of sizes of sanding sleeves and after calling the tool shop I thought making some myself would be worth a try since they wanted $7.00 a piece for a 3”x 4 1/2” 80 grit sleeve .
I had the good fortune to acquire a box of sanding belts that are about 156”x6” in several grits and decided to give it a try .
Today I had an idea of how to make a sleeve without using the old sleeve as I first posted and all I did is cut a strip of sandpaper to size using the pattern I had made and ran a strip of filament tape along one edge and then using the drum to form the sleeve wrapping ii tight around the sleeve and trimmed of the excess tape .
It worked well during a test run and even with hard pressure on the work piece there seemed to be no issues .
The other thing I made is a bigger washer from HDF for the top of the drum reason for that is to expand the drum more evenly .See PIC #1
I have added this a third method and it seems to work the best .




This is the first method
What I did was cover the used up sleeve with new sandpaper from the belts I mentioned .
I made a simple pattern by wrapping paper around the sleeve and cutting the ends to shape and then putting the pattern on the backside of the belt and cut the belt to shape .
Now came the easy part ,after wrapping the sandpaper around the sleeve I simply glued the tips of the paper with CA glue to the old sleeve and let it set for about ten minutes . I had done a test sample previously and found that I got a good strong bond just using a small area with glue .
I gave the three inch sleeve a trail run on a three in piece of D =Fir to see how it would perform and I am happy with the result and will now re cover all my used sleeves .
I also tried a second method where I simply wrapped the sandpaper around the drum and pinched a little tab on the end of the sandpaper between the drum and top and bottom washers which also worked quite well .
To hold the paper temporarily in place I used masking tape which was removed before using the sleeve .

Here are a few pics of the second method



I have added a third method and it seems to work the best .



Comments welcome .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos





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woodshaver (Tony)

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#1 posted 06-22-2015 11:19 PM

I don’t own an oscillating spindle sander but if I ever do find myself with one I will be copying your idea. Thanks for posting Kiefer!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 06-22-2015 11:23 PM

GR8 idea!
Need is the mother, you are the father. ;-)
Best thoughts,
Mads

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#3 posted 06-22-2015 11:30 PM

great idea Klaus, some real savings here, I wonder how spray on Bostic adhesive would work, I use it a lot for temp 1 off sanding disks & it works real fine.
cheers
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#4 posted 06-22-2015 11:36 PM

Good Idea Pete that way I could eliminate the tabs at the end and it should hold the paper to the drum .

Thanks Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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#5 posted 06-22-2015 11:49 PM

Way to go Klaus! I just might “borrow” that idea next time I need to replace a sleeve on my sander.

Just to clarify, did you glue those little “ears” onto the top of the sandpaper?

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#6 posted 06-22-2015 11:54 PM

No Charlie but may do that .

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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#7 posted 06-23-2015 12:00 AM

Very ingenious, Klaus!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 06-23-2015 12:00 AM


Good Idea Pete that way I could eliminate the tabs at the end and it should hold the paper to the drum .

Thanks Klaus

- kiefer

Yeah, but the problem with that is, you’re stuck with using just that piece of sandpaper. I think your system would be better because you’re able to change grits if you need to, or just replace the worn out paper.

On some projects, it would have been nice being able to sand curves all the way to 220 grit, using the spindle sander. It would have gone a lot faster than sanding by hand!

-- Dean

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#9 posted 06-23-2015 12:06 AM

Good idea. I’ve got tons of sanding belt stock from before I converted my drum sander to H&L.
I will be using this one, thanks.

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#10 posted 06-23-2015 12:13 AM

Great tip. I’ve been using strapping tape around the top and bottom but will try the CA glue.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 06-23-2015 12:27 AM

Damn,

Another one! I got a looooooong waaaay to go to catch up. LOL! As everyone says neccesity and you are the father of invention ( to quote Mafe.

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#12 posted 06-23-2015 01:26 AM

Keifer,

Awesome approach, but I think my method still is the easiest. FAR easier to change and reuse the paper as well. LMK what you think:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/42671

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#13 posted 06-23-2015 01:44 AM

, but the problem with that is, you’re stuck with using just that piece of sandpaper. I think your system would be better because you’re able to change grits if you need to, or just replace the worn out paper.

On some projects, it would have been nice being able to sand curves all the way to 220 grit, using the spindle sander. It would have gone a lot faster than sanding by hand!

—Dean
Hey Dean not sure if you mean reusing the block, but if you give the glued on paper / belt a few quick flicks with a small propane bottle the paper just peels of so you can glue another size on or simply replace a worn out piece
cheers
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Mean_Dean

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#14 posted 06-23-2015 04:01 AM

Pete, I assumed that they were glued on permanently, but if they’re easily removed, that is a great system.

-- Dean

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kiefer

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#15 posted 06-23-2015 04:22 AM

Well guys I thank you all for taking a look and coming up with some interesting solutions and I think there are several ways I can go with this since I have this box and another one of belts .

Glue them on with spray adhesive like Pete suggests or glue them on the used sleeves or make several drums of each size and fit them with different grits but I have all these belts and have to use them up .

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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