A simple Sandpaper installation device for Random Orbital Sander

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Project by GaryK posted 1708 days ago 3273 views 15 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is so simple I know that it has to have been done before.

It’s kind of a pain lining up the holes on a Random Orbital Sander. I just took a 6” square piece of wood, drilled 4, 3/8” holes lined up using a disk and glued in some dowels. The dowels have been rounded at the top. They stick up about 3/4”.

Just put on a disk loop side up, lower the sander, rotate it a little until the holes line up (helped by the rounded pegs) lower it all the way and you have perfectly lined up disk.

Another cool thing it that you can stack up more than one disk in order of grit size. I show 8 disks but I only add 4 at a time since the top disk will stick before the holes are lined up. Great for working your way through the grits.

You could make one for 5 hole disks and for Festool disks also whatever they have.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 1708 days ago

Great idea! your right it is pain, now i have something to do tomorrow, thanks.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#2 posted 1708 days ago

Great tip Gary. Thanks.

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#3 posted 1708 days ago

That is so simple….but it’s pure genius! Great idea..I will be making one of those.


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#4 posted 1708 days ago

Send this one to the magazines!

-- That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.” ― Aldous Huxley

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#5 posted 1708 days ago

Hi Gary:
You’ve been peeking in my shop again haven’t you! <vbg>

From my woodfolder

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#6 posted 1708 days ago

See, I knew that someone had done it before!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 1708 days ago

Deja Vu!


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#8 posted 1708 days ago

Yep! It’s a product. You just saved yourself some money with your cleverness :)

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#9 posted 1707 days ago

Very clever ideas.

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#10 posted 1707 days ago

Crap, something else for my list of things to do! Very neat idea.

-- Sawdust looks better in the garage than cars, explain that to your wife!

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#11 posted 1707 days ago

I’ve seen this one in “Wood Magazine’s Jigs, Tips and Techniques”. Nice jig though.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 1707 days ago

Thanks for posting this great idea Gary. I always have trouble lining those darn things up. I imagine there will be about 14,000 of these things out there before long.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 1707 days ago

To tell you the truth I never thought of a jig, I am fairly good at hitting the holes. But this is a great Idea, especially if you have to change grits often.
Thanks Gary for the idea and the post!

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#14 posted 1707 days ago

Great idea Gary. I’ll add to my list.


-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#15 posted 1707 days ago

this is really great…now if you add a few of these and have them slide out of drawers…I think that is the tweak I will add…but I love this idea of the “install”...brilliant…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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