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Orbital sander base (for small objects)

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Project by FreddyS posted 06-13-2011 08:02 PM 3586 views 19 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone, here is an orbital sander base I made from a 1973 Popular Mechanics project, almost as old as me hehee.

The original project had a plywood table, I went farther and added the aluminum plates and adapted the previously useless miter guide from my table saw.

It turned out great for sanding small pieces, and you can detach easily the sander for other works.

Cheers!

-- Learning one thing at a time





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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 06-13-2011 08:37 PM

OK, that is pretty, and over engineered, right up my alley…(-:

I always over engineer things, and some times the things I make are pretty, like my super sled. If you do a lot of small stuff, that is probably truly useful. I have a 12 inch disc I bought a few months back, and it serves much the same purpose in my shop, with a nice table that tilts. I also use an old miter guard for it. I have an old half sheet Hitachi that will not get much use, and could be used in a similar arrangement, but it would to some extent duplicate my other sanders. I used to stick my belt sander upsidedown in the wood vise before I got a stationary belt sander.

Nice job, thanks for the posting, got me to thinking.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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FreddyS

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#2 posted 06-13-2011 08:52 PM

Hi Jim, over engineered… I’m guilty!

Having crazy prices on tools over here help a lot with the creativity, and I love the whole jig/tool helper building process, sometimes more than building regular stuff hehee.

-- Learning one thing at a time

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Dusty56

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#3 posted 06-13-2011 09:37 PM

Great job on this unit….I’m going to favorite it for the future : )
Thank you !!

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

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Bertha

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#4 posted 06-13-2011 09:38 PM

It’s fabulous. Favorited.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 06-13-2011 09:43 PM

Freddy
I too like doing the shop stuff, although I have just about had my fill, recently. Itching to do something different. But I went into the hobby knowing that I would always enjoy the shop stuff the most.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Eric in central Florida

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#6 posted 06-14-2011 05:55 AM

Wow, that’s really something, and put’s my arrangement to shame.
I just turn mine upside down and tighten it in my benches’ vice.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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EMVarona

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#7 posted 06-14-2011 11:07 AM

I’ve been ruminating on a similar idea but never got the chance to do it. I have an orbital sander and a belt sander. Would be nice to have some jig to produce more precise and accurate products. Your ideas are really fascinating. Keep them coming.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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Kent Shepherd

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#8 posted 06-14-2011 04:10 PM

Great job—-and there is no such thing as “over-engineering”!

Thanks for sharing

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

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mafe

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#9 posted 06-16-2011 11:42 AM

Really cool.
I love the idea, and the way you did it.
Brilliant.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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FreddyS

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#10 posted 06-16-2011 05:16 PM

Hi everyone!
Woodwrecker: there’s no bench with vise in the tiny shop (yet) so I had to improvise hehee

EMVarona: not my work, but here is an example for a belt sander base:

And the plan where I got the idea to build the base for my orbital sander, if you compare it with my version you’ll find some differences, mainly to adapt it to what I had at hand:

I hope this pics are of some help :)

Kent Shepherd: thanks!

mafe: not my idea, but it came out really good hehee

Thanks for looking!

-- Learning one thing at a time

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mafe

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#11 posted 06-16-2011 05:29 PM

;-) You found it and did it! This is the more important.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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bilbaggins

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#12 posted 08-27-2013 12:32 AM

Hey guys these are exactly what I need in my w/shop! Haven’t been able to work out a simple solution till now and these do it for me big time. Thanks heaps!!! Should save me a few hundred on a shop bought system…

-- bilbaggins says: The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now. ~ Chinese proverb

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