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Table Model Random Orbital Sander (Video Added)

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Project by David Grimes posted 06-16-2011 09:26 AM 3306 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have two of these Skil ROS’s just alike, so I thought I might just make one of them into a table model.

It is a very easy project with scrap pieces of 3/4” birch plywood used. A little miter saw, a little scroll saw and a little belt and disk sander. Glue and brad except for one side of the top is screwed for non-destructive removal if needed.

I wrapped Rockler Xtreme tape around the throat to make the fit really tight so that in use it does not move or rattle a bit.

It’s great. I’m already using it on the next project.

I’ve posted a final picture after paint and stain.

YOU CAN WATCH IT IN ACTION HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aofF3VQAlDA

Thanks for stopping by.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia





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jackass

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#1 posted 06-16-2011 02:16 PM

I’m sure there is a good explanation for it’s use. Probably very obvious, but I can’t explain it. Please tell us what it’s use is.
Jack

5 minutes later.
Think I just discovered it’s use, mabey for sanding small parts as a stationery sander?

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#2 posted 06-16-2011 02:49 PM

I’m not familiar with this model but some ROS’s don’t like being run without a load. The manufacturer sometimes recommends starting and stopping while still on the wood.

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#3 posted 06-16-2011 03:17 PM

I use my Bosch 6” ROS like this. It’s a lot easier to sand small parts in this position especially when the parts are under 6” long, and its easy to take it out of the base when I need it for sheet goods.
But I go one step further and put it into a vise so it doesn’t walk all over the place.
Just glue or screw a 1” thick by 3”+ piece of wood to the bottom of the base and clamp it in your vice.

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#4 posted 06-16-2011 03:42 PM

Neat idea.

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#5 posted 06-16-2011 03:50 PM

I believe this is the best way to sand small pieces. Since I have a spare ROS (maybe two) I’ll make one (maybe to) as well. Thanks for posting. While writing this comment came up the idea of making the holder pivoting on a hinge so it could be opened (think book) to insert and remove the tool. This is what I’ll try to design.

Best,

Serge

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-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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#6 posted 06-16-2011 03:51 PM

I’m intrigued by both the project and the sander. Do you mind sharing the model? I’m unfamiliar with the filtration unit.

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

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David Grimes

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#7 posted 06-16-2011 07:09 PM

@Bertha, It is a Skil 7492-02. It is 5” disk size, and has the following useful features: Pad brake, vacuum port, pressure control lighted display, clear view dust canister, micro filtration, dust sealed switch.

I think I bought the two (for a Corean refinishing kob) for $45 each including tax.

@Bricofleur, I have this wedged/clamped about the throat so tightly just to keep it still. It would interest me to see a version where you could slip the unit in and out on a hinge and still have serious holding going on while in use. I tried to avoid hardware as it will remain there until it quits working.

@ward63, I have been using it and with strips of non-skid gripper pad on the bottom the base stays in place.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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kiefer

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#8 posted 06-17-2011 06:38 AM

Good thinking there David
I like !!!
thanks for the post

kiefer

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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#9 posted 06-17-2011 07:49 AM

Update: The non-skid I glued on the bottom keeps it still on wood and metal surface, but just barely on laminate and finished wood surface. So, I grabbed four bench cookies, placed them beneath it on the laminate surface table, then flipped the switch. It’s like I nailed it to the table !!!

Now, I have four regular cookies and four of the ones with legs that I don’t want to use for this purpose. So I Gorilla Glued them to the other project (the sharpening surface) and it is improved tremendously. As soon as I can get more of the regular cookies from Rockler, I will add them to this project as well. I should have time to put a finish and make any other tweaks/improvements in the meantime.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#10 posted 06-22-2011 06:17 AM

Update: Added picture of the completed product (except the bench cookies, which are on order).

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#11 posted 07-20-2011 02:08 PM

That’s a cool little mount.Dude
I use my porter cable ROS on small parts, I just carefully clamp sander in vise.
The sander is not variable speed,so I use a router speed control to slow it down a little, for more control, and less vibration, IMO is much better

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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David Grimes

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#12 posted 07-20-2011 10:27 PM

Thanks, bubinga. Great idea on the speed control. Never even thought about that. Where do you get the router speed control ? You always know the best place to get stuff :=)

I do have the cookies glued to the bottom now and it is extremely stable. Does not budge a bit. It is surprising how often I actually use this thing. I even used it to shine up the sides of the #4 Stanley plane I’m slowly getting back together. I may video the next time I use it to show how quickly it knocks the fuzz off of small and medium size wood parts.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#13 posted 07-21-2011 07:04 AM

Actually I bought mine a few years back at a show for 15 bucks, still works fine, they are basically just a rheostat.
The Router speed control at harbor freight , would probably be just fine for that small motor, sander application, OR

MLCS 9400 Standard Duty Router Speed $27.95 free ship Controlhttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001JHQ3G8/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B001NIK6PC&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0E0PT42VZQH8K8YYBPW6

I may have to make a mount like yours, cuz, the ROS works so well when making wooden nuts.
The bench top belt sander is fast, and works ok, but ,once in while grabs them out of my hand,throws them across the shop, and dings them up.
Although I carefully clamp ROS sander in vise, there is still a chance I could damage it.
I think free standing is better, cuz if the sander, or mount is in the vise, and you need to use the vise, “well” it’s a hassle ,this has happened to me.
Also a vac hose hooked to the ROS works much better for dust

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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David Grimes

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#14 posted 07-22-2011 07:04 AM

Here it is in action:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aofF3VQAlDA

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#15 posted 07-22-2011 07:48 AM

I was thinking ,to maybe fill the bottom part with sand, bird shot or some other weight
Whada ya think ?

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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