Sander Table.

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 09-06-2018 04:35 PM 947 views 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to make a table for this big sander that got dropped and the table was broken and discarded. It was going to be made of aluminum but I did not have the equipment to cut the curved pieces so I made it out of maple and it is sturdy enough for holding the table during sanding. The table tilts down to 45 degrees and I was able to use that lower stop with the table.

I turned large round pieces and cut sections out for the swiveling pieces on each side of the table. On the top of the side supports I screwed on aluminum blocks so he could use machine screws to remove the table for changing the sanding disc. He had a Craftsman router table top and asked me if that could be used for the top, so I designed the supports to fit it and cut the table section out of it .

cheers, Jim

I cut the short side supports out of this round piece:

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

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#1 posted 09-06-2018 04:49 PM

great job Jim

just proves – there is no scrap in our world

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 09-06-2018 04:54 PM

Very clever Jim. Having the knowhow on how to salvage a tool instead of tossing it …..Priceless! Great work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 09-06-2018 05:14 PM

Very good work, Jim… as usual…

You saved another piece of junk! :)

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#4 posted 09-06-2018 05:33 PM

Good save!

-- Jim, Ca,

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#5 posted 09-06-2018 05:34 PM

Great save Jim! (is that now considered a cyborg?)

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#6 posted 09-06-2018 05:36 PM

That’s a pretty complex build. Great job!

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#7 posted 09-06-2018 05:59 PM

Nice! Looks oem

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#8 posted 09-06-2018 07:51 PM

Ahh! Tool RESCUE! Just as good as “wood rescue” == great job.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#9 posted 09-06-2018 08:11 PM

Nice job Jim.

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#10 posted 09-06-2018 09:17 PM

Creative, accurate and sturdy way to save this tool – nicely done, Jim!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#11 posted 09-06-2018 10:18 PM

Nice save!

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#12 posted 09-06-2018 10:33 PM

Nice save, Jim!

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 09-06-2018 11:30 PM

Good one buddy.

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#14 posted 09-07-2018 12:42 AM

Good one Jim. I see you have the disc set right in the miter slot, cool. I agree, it looks like original equipment. If it weren’t for the curved wooden brackets I would think it’s a Craftsman sander. Well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#15 posted 09-07-2018 01:09 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments. I liked the challenge of it. The hardest part was lining up the screw holes in the wood side frames with the aluminum pads under the table. I had to make 6 1/8” steel transfer points to spot the holes and then it was easy to finish. I put in the 1/8 pilot holes first and then transferred up to make the screw clearance holes. I wish I had the camera in the shop for a lot of the other process shots but you get the idea.

Hi Bruce. Cyborg??? (A cyborg short for “cybernetic organism”) is a being with both organic and biomechatronic body parts. ) I guess it is..aluminum and maple!!

Hi Kim, it is a real nice heavy and heavy duty machine. It has a 6×48 belt sander on the other side of that 1 hp motor. You can do some serious shaping on it. I told Mel how much I used the one like that in Arizona and the next thing I know I was volunteering to make him a table for it!! It will need dust collection for sure and I just helped him put a system in his whole shop!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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