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Project by interpim posted 12-20-2011 10:47 PM 4818 views 28 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, I have been wanting a sander to fine-tune joints etc, and haven’t been able to justify spending as much as the retail ones cost.

So, I decided I could put my midi-lathe to work as a dual purpose tool.
Basically it’s a simple box dadoed together and fitted around the bed of my lathe, with a strip down the center to act as a stop at the headstock side of the lathe. I turned a 9” circle out of MDF and put some self adhesive velcro to it to attach sanding pads to.

I’ve only tested it out, but it works pretty well, and best of all, it’s variable speed.

-- San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 12-20-2011 10:59 PM

Now that using your noggin for something other than a hat rack :-)) Nice work.,

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#2 posted 12-20-2011 11:13 PM

Great idea!
I may try that also.

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho

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#3 posted 12-21-2011 01:31 AM

Way to go. Quick and easy disc sander!! Thanks for sharing

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

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#4 posted 12-21-2011 01:31 AM

Well done. Good use of an existing tool. If you want a thickness sander to go with it, try this:
Merry Christmas.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#5 posted 12-21-2011 02:02 AM

I think this is a great idea as well, just add a fence you can adjust at different angles or make the table so it can be raised and lowered to the angles you might want and it would be perfect. Could you show the pad velcro and a source of where you got it.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#6 posted 12-21-2011 02:38 AM

Great idea, I am adding this to my favorites.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#7 posted 12-21-2011 02:46 AM

Cool idea well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 12-21-2011 02:52 AM

Just getting through with a similar project for my JET mini lathe : )
I doubled up the 3/4” MDF thickness and then turned everything flush so I can use the side edge of it as well…trying to decide whether to apply Velcro and sandpaper to the edge , or use it for honing purposes with abrasive paste , similar to Karson’s idea.
Nice job on yours : )

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#9 posted 12-21-2011 03:40 AM

Thanks for the good pics. I’ve seen these before, but yours looks super easy to build and so easy to set up with the center stop that I have no excuse not to build one now. I’m adding to my to-do list.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#10 posted 12-21-2011 05:34 AM

The velcro was simple… I just used strips of the self adhesive stuff I picked up at the BORG. the 9” sanding hook & loop sanding disc was from there as well.

-- San Diego, CA

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#11 posted 12-21-2011 05:37 AM

clever,good idea on your stop

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#12 posted 12-21-2011 05:57 AM

here is a pic of the sanding disc

-- San Diego, CA

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#13 posted 12-21-2011 02:41 PM

add an adjustable fence and you have repeatability.great idea useing the lathe.

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#14 posted 12-21-2011 02:58 PM

This is a great idea. Congratulations.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 12-21-2011 07:12 PM

I love those dual purpose tools ideas. Brilliant for small shops. Now all I need to do is find space for the lathe ;-)

-- One can dream, about a passion not yet fully fulfilled!

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