|Project by KnotCurser||posted 01-15-2011 09:28 PM||6588 views||100 times favorited||26 comments|
This project allows me to use hook-n-loop sandpaper on my spindle sander.
I have been wanting to try this since the day I bought the sander, and I FINALLY broke down and figured it out over the last two days.
I really hated paying WAY too much for sanding sleeves, not to mention the dedicated space it takes to store the things without crushing them. Since I also have a drum sander that takes hook-n-loop paper, I decided to convert my Rigid spindle sander to a hook-n-loop system.
I searched around on the internet for some kind of kit or spindles with pre-applied hook sides – no luck at all!
I even called the maker of my drum sander and asked if they carried anything or knew of anyone – they were very nice and even called me back from Canada, but still no luck!
So…......... Now it was time to give in and try to make my own. I found that a clothes rod was the perfect diameter for the 1 1/2” spindle. Was finally able to bore a 1/2” hole down the center and attach the male sided velcro. After figuring out the proper way to cut the paper and attaching it, I tried it out.
It worked GREAT! And, I am amazed at how little paper it uses – probably about a nickles worth!
I also made one to replace my 1” spindle.
Pic 4 show just how little paper is needed to cover each spindle.
Pic 5 shows a great view of the original spindles next to the new ones.
Here’s a couple of tips:
1) Wrap the paper so that it tightens while it spins – see pic two.
2) Attach the male sided velcro that opposite of the paper – see pics 3-5.
Now all I have to do is get someone that does turning to make me a 3/8” and a 2” spindle so I can replace the others! Anyone want to trade services? I’ll make you a great deal on scrollwork! ;-)
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