At Last, My Mobile Sanding Table gets finished (almost)

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Project by Roger Clark aka Rex posted 09-11-2009 05:15 AM 5420 views 10 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well it took me a while to get this finished (only got some cords to tie up) as I missed a lot of days due to 100+ heat and also bad meds days.
Anyway the reason for making this bench/table was so that I could roll the sanding tools to where I wanted then and keep them and their cunsomables all together. I have got the dust connections to add – which sometimes I don’t need if I use it outside – the dusy has 3 acres to roam. The brakes work well and have a pivot foot which is great for uneven surfaces.
I’ll be happy to answer any questions.

When are we going home?
OK, so let’s go Home

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 09-11-2009 05:26 AM

Looks like a great work station to me.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 09-11-2009 07:48 AM

What, me worry? ;0) Like the table. what you might consider doing is drilling lots of holes in part of the top, box the underside in, hook up a vacuum to the box and use that surface for power/hand sanding too to keep the dust out of you. Looks really good though. Looks like you got about as many power tools as I do! ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#3 posted 09-11-2009 10:04 AM

Nicely designed compact multi-functional mobile work unit…....well done Roger.

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#4 posted 09-11-2009 10:12 AM

What a great idea!!

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 09-11-2009 11:37 AM

Great job Roger! I sure need to get me a disc/belt sander for the house. I could probably fit all of my sanding equipment in a couple of shoe boxes. (: Thanks for posting.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#6 posted 09-11-2009 12:20 PM

Roger, this is a pretty neat project. Putting together a sanding center like this with all the supplies and tools that you need when sanding looks like an excellent way to organize your sanding operations. Making it mobile, so you can work outside as well, adds functionality to the center.

Nice idea.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 09-11-2009 01:23 PM

Great idea! How do you like the Grizzly spindle sander? I’ve looked at them in the catalog and drooled on the pages. Can you change spindle size and if so, does it come with any extras? I finally got tired of looking for belts and sheets but only went so far as putting some peg board on the wall, that thing is the Cadillac. Good work, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#8 posted 09-11-2009 02:30 PM

Roger, nice layout for your mobile table. The different heights is a great idea and making it mobile is even better. Even your dog looks like he approves (maybe a little bored, but glad to be in the shop with you).
Great job and thanks for sharing.

-- John @

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#9 posted 09-11-2009 03:16 PM

looks great, like the idea of making it mobile. I am interested in the Grizzly sander too how do you like it

-- Bob, Rockford IL,

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#10 posted 09-11-2009 03:17 PM

looks like a great idea, except, I wouldn’t have room to roll anything around, my shop is so crowded I don’t know where I would put a new tool, welllll, maybe.

-- Smitty!!!

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#11 posted 09-11-2009 04:24 PM

I’ve been mulling over something very similar – a bi-level table with the OSS positioned so its table is at the same height as the main table.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#12 posted 09-11-2009 04:54 PM

Thank you so much for viewing and commenting on my Sander Bench.
I am VERY fortunate to have a nice building and many tools, most of which I have not used because as I have mentioned many times, woodworking is new to me and it is therapy to help me overcome health worries.
When I was retired and laid up a long while after surgery I read and studied all I could about tools and in that time I aquired many that I projected that I would use in the future. It was one of those situations where at that time I had a certain amount of money from a bequest in my mother’s will and also retirement gifts. I sold things that I could never use again and also received a lot of free surplus or used tools, some worked, some needed fixing. Unfortunately there is no woodworking person that I know of anywhere near me so my track has been, read everything and trial and error. If I seem to have a lot of goodies, please remember all the money is gone and now it’s down to SS checks.I’m pretty astute at finding bargains (one side of my family has Scottish origins) and I have done extremely well and believe I got the very most for the buck. Some say I’m tight but really it’s only my A** squeaking when I walk!
Now I have to put the shop together and make a rational and safe working enviroment. Tools I have used and those I hav’nt need to be setup in a logical order and “played with”. I hope to learn to make joints although I don’t envision making quality furniture etc., I’m happy just to make “yard” items at this time.
So there you have it, quite the reverse of most who have the talent but don’t have all the tools they want. As my shop takes shape I plan to share pics of my tools and layout so you guys can advise me what I have got wrong.
My Grizzly oscilating sander is great and you can see where I used it if you look back at my chair projects. I do not know if the size is changeable but I don’t see why not as the shaft is removeable.
The belt/disc sander was a used gift, as was the small drill press which I converted to a drum sander. The small strip sander was also a gift, but I purchased the grinder from Grzzly for $24 and turned it into a wheel sander. The 12” disc sander was purchased fro Grzzly for $99 and the 12” replacement discs came from Ebay for $10/doz with 3 in each package – and they are good quality.
On the bottom shelf, the Milwaukee sander was from Amazon for $28 and the Porter Cable disc sander was a free bee that came with my PC router purchase from Amazon – $99.
My shop is a 30×40 metal building 14’ tall, insulated with 2 roof vents and 6 windows and a lean-to carport on one side. Just half of it is my “shop”. I paid $16,200.00 total including slab and electrical.
Winston – my dog was a free puppy from a school football game.
Next on my list of projects is a mobile planer table/bench with adjustable outfeed, I start on that tomorrow.

Thank you ALL for your freindship a great advice, don’t be afraid to ask anything.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#13 posted 09-11-2009 08:22 PM

This is a magnificent idea. I often take things to sand out of my walk out basement so the dust is outside and this is just the way to do it!

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#14 posted 09-12-2009 03:00 AM

Looking back at your previous projects, it don’t look like no beginner to me!!! Keep up the good work, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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Bob A in NJ

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#15 posted 09-12-2009 03:15 AM

Certainly the “Go To” bench for every new project you make. Cool design.

-- Bob A in NJ

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