Ridgid EB4424 Oscillating Edge/Belt Spindle Sander Stand

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Project by RandyMorter posted 02-23-2011 03:57 AM 11404 views 15 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a stand for my sander instead of using it on my table saw. I looked for stands at all the local suspects and decided that 1) I could make a wood stand cheaper than any I saw, and 2) it would be the exact size I needed.

I drew up a plan in SketchUp, with the three dimensions I cared about taken into consideration. I decided to make it almost as high as my router table, which even though I thought it was too high at first, now I like that the work pieces are up where I can see and handle them without bending over. I made the table so that the sander table would be an inch lower than my router. I also had to be concerned with the distance between the mounting holes, both side-to-side and front-to-back.

I had a couple of 2×6’s around so decided I’d use them. I ended up needing another few feet worth of material so I picked up a 2×4. The end product uses almost all of the 3 eight foot dimension pieces. I also had waited until I got my new drill press to do the clearance and pilot holes.

As you can see, there isn’t much too it. It’s mainly just lumber and lag bolts. It’s probably a bit overkill with the 2×6’s but, except for the plywood, it cost about $20 (about $9 just for the casters).

I made two of the legs longer than the other two and put some casters with brakes on the short legs. You can barely see them peeking out on the left side of picture #2. The sander itself has a handle so I didn’t add another handle to the stand.

I put in a couple of pieces of 1/4” plywood for two shelves. I can put my two portable sanders on the upper shelf and my sand paper on the bottom shelf. I could still use better storage for the sand paper but it’s nice to have all my sanding related items together.

I think I’ll eventually enclose the bottom to keep saw dust out of it.

After I got this done patcollins posted a review here of a Harbor Freight stand that looks like it’d be perfect for the sander and it costs $28 or so.

Update 3/3/2011

I’ve enclosed both sides and the back with some luan. It’ll help keep the dust out and it keeps things from falling out the back.

I chisled out a little bit on the left side to glue a 1/4×20 nut and drilled a hole behind it to use for storing the stop mechanism. I take it off when using the spindle option. I also made a little wooden “wrench” with 5 lobes to fit over the soft rubber knob that holds the spindle and belt assembly down. It seems to tighten itself, at least when using the belt, and since it’s a 5-lobe rubber coated knob I had to use pliers to loosen it. I read of another LJer that made their own wrench so I copied them. This knob could stand to be a regular bolt or to have a bigger “t” handle or something.

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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#1 posted 02-23-2011 04:03 AM

Looks heavy duty to me! Nice job.

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

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#2 posted 02-23-2011 04:33 AM

Yep, I am building one too. I made mine 31” high. I went with three drawers to store all my sanding goodies. The tablesaw cabinet was getting a little crowded.
Nice work.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 02-23-2011 04:55 AM

it looks real nice

-- rick

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Paul Pomerleau

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#4 posted 02-23-2011 05:00 AM

I have that exact sander, and yes I use it on my table saw too.
I definitely need to build a stand for it and yours looks perfect.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#5 posted 02-23-2011 05:45 AM

That thing looks sturdy. You liking the oscillating belt feature of the sander?

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#6 posted 02-23-2011 12:14 PM

Looks good and saving money for other things is worth it. I agree why waste money on as stand when we can make them. Nice job.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 02-23-2011 04:05 PM

I have this sander and I like your heavy duty stand. Nice work.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#8 posted 02-23-2011 05:01 PM

I just bought this sander. I haven’t even taken it out of the box yet and have been wondering where I would use it. I think I’ll have to make a stand for mine as well. Perfect timing. Thanks!!!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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Bob, Oregon

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#9 posted 02-24-2011 08:43 AM

Have the same sander and I love it. Your stand looks great! Having the thing on wheels makes perfect sense.

And yes, while I didn’t use the HF stand for mine, I bought one for another tool and I can vouch for the fact that they are a good buy, as long as you do what patcollins suggests (and that I did as well) and beef up the shelf areas a bit.

-- 73, Bob

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#10 posted 02-24-2011 04:42 PM

Thanks for all the comments!

patcollins – I like the oscillating belt which also doubles as a spindle sander as long as you can use the approximately 2-1/2” diameter large end. I was able to use it that way for some sanding which saves swapping out the belt to the “real” spindles.

Just a note – if I was going out to buy the dimension lumber I’d probably have just used 2×4’s all the way around. That would also give a larger opening in the “cabinet” portion.

pintodelux – I like the idea of the drawers. I may have to modify mine. Storing those spindle wrappers is a thinker. I’ve been considering mounting some dowels somehow to put them on.

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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#11 posted 03-02-2011 01:51 AM

I too have this sander. I like your design…

-- eat crap

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