Free Disk Sander

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Project by Maclegno posted 01-30-2010 08:29 PM 6529 views 12 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Some time ago I had the opportunity to use a disk sander, I was surprised how useful it could be, but had neither the money nor the space for one, so I had the idea of making a shop built Disk Sander on my lathe; the table is attached to tapped holes in the lathe bed-frame using thumb-screws in slots, the sandpaper is glued to the disk using Wallpaper paste. The table is made from scrap chipboard which is free at the local dump (I use it quite a lot for jigs, bases for chessboards/tables etc as it’s very stable if kept reasonably dry)

The component parts: the 1/2” ply disk is screwed to the lathe Plate, the thumb-screws are stored when not in use


This arrangement adjusts and locks the surface at 90° to the sanding disk

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy

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#1 posted 01-30-2010 08:51 PM

I love it ,simple,effective ,free. Thank you.
Mike . oregon.

-- anvil

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#2 posted 01-30-2010 09:02 PM

Great idea, this is what this site is all about sharing, Thanks for posting.

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#3 posted 01-30-2010 10:13 PM

Hi Gerard. Didn’t you already post this? I know I commented on the first one.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 01-30-2010 10:34 PM

That’s a really good idea!

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#5 posted 01-30-2010 11:28 PM

Very clever.

-- RonWen

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#6 posted 01-30-2010 11:44 PM

very cool idea…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#7 posted 01-31-2010 12:14 AM

Great Idea I”ll have to try it

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#8 posted 01-31-2010 01:44 AM

good idea

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#9 posted 01-31-2010 04:15 AM

What a great idea! I was thinking about something like this but haven’t gotten past the just thinking process. I like it and think that I am going to steel it from you and make me one. Thanks for sharing.

-- The ability to learn is innate, not the desire.

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#10 posted 01-31-2010 04:21 AM

Your very tricky Mac good job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#11 posted 01-31-2010 04:34 AM


sorry to confuse you Stefang

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy

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#12 posted 01-31-2010 04:37 AM

Thanks all, I hope you let us see your version Saksman

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy

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#13 posted 01-31-2010 05:04 AM

Well I’m glad that you moved your projects out of the blog section …I wouldn’t have seen them otherwise : )
Thank you for some great ideas.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#14 posted 02-02-2010 11:35 PM

thank´s for sharing it
great recycling


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#15 posted 09-08-2010 06:03 PM

I had to thank you for posting this…..I just finished making on of these from your idea and it works great. I had a small disk sander that just wasn’t big enough. This is really nice.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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