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Project by Metrotek posted 02-20-2012 05:41 AM 3501 views 18 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My little circle sander doesn’t look as nice as you guys could make it but it works great. I saw a similar one on a site and I re-engineered to accommodate the materials that I can afford and tools that I have. For one thing, the other one used a c-clamp and block as a stop on the sliding piece and I made a wooden clamp with wing nuts as a stop.
Since I don’t have a lot of money because I am dying supposedly of fourth stage liver failure, I don’t have all of the tools that I need, e.g. dowel threaders, sizers, dado saws, a full complement of router bits, etc.; I just engineer around my deficiencies to compensate for this.
I’m going to replace the wing-nuts on the clamp with wooden knobs as soon as I can make them. I have a wrench for the wing-nuts right now which is just a piece of wood with a kerf cut into it because the wing-nuts tear ones hands up.
I’m starting on and indexing table tomorrow to facilitate making gears. I make on before and it worked great. I started with a sprocket which is accurately machined and translate this into wood for the dividing plates(s).

-- “Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and hand guns.” — Mitch Ratcliffe





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#1 posted 02-20-2012 06:07 AM

Ha! Now I know what I am going to do with my old drill press motor! Thanks for sharing.

-- No matter how many factors go into thinking about a project, there is always one important new discovery to be made.

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#2 posted 02-20-2012 06:36 AM

Good job.

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#3 posted 02-20-2012 12:25 PM

I have the motor ready to go, but don’t know how you made the piece that has the sand paper attached. Could you share how you did that?

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

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#4 posted 02-20-2012 12:48 PM

Looks like a well engineered tool to me.
I like the way you used the materials on hand.

-- Mel,

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Metrotek

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#5 posted 02-20-2012 04:02 PM

I purchased the disk from Woodcraft in the Portland metro-plex; I just telephoned them and they don’t have it any longer but he is checking around to see where you can buy it. It is 8 inches in diameter and has a 1/2” hole.

I like this:
’—No matter how many factors go into thinking about a project, there is always one important new discovery to be made.’

-- “Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and hand guns.” — Mitch Ratcliffe

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#6 posted 02-20-2012 04:11 PM

Great jig…I also don’t care how fancy something is as long as it works : )
May God bless you regarding your health issues !

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

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#7 posted 02-20-2012 06:24 PM

To be honest I rather see a shop full of thought out useful tools like this than a shop with over the top brand name “This or Thats”... I say you done one heck of a job. Anyone can run into a store and buy what they need… To use what you have and make it work… Yea, that takes a good bit more.

Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 02-20-2012 07:22 PM

This is great. I am headed out to the shop to make one now. I needed this tool yesterday when making disk for a shop-vac tool holder. Thanks I really like the easy adjust design.

Bill in Medina County TX
AKA QuickWay

-- Bill Native Texan

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#9 posted 02-20-2012 09:19 PM

Good job! You thought it through well and came up with a very innovative solution!

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#10 posted 02-20-2012 09:33 PM

good as any bought versions :-)
and you can always make the sanding disk bigger

its not what tools you have that make you a woodworke but what you do with those you have
and you do it very well
thanks for inspiring us :-)

Dennis

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Metrotek

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#11 posted 02-20-2012 11:58 PM

Thank you all for your very kind and generous comments. And as for Dennis Grosen, Dennis your folks have been some of the greatest woodworkers throughout history; they built boats of wood and then sailed them out into the sea, and I mean a serious sea where you reside.
I was watching this documentary one time a discussion between two opposing pundits regarding Thor Heyerdahl sailing the Kon-Tiki across the ocean and additionally the question/assertion that the Vikings were the first Europeans to sail to North America and the one pundit said to the other [paraphrasing them] “Well, if the facts as given including their maritime skills, don’t demonstrate that this is the case then what does it show?” Then the other one said, “Their known maritime achievements clearly demonstrate that they were damn good sailors!”
The fellow Woodcraft is looking into where you can purchase one of those sanding wheels and I’ll let you know As soon as I can. I just bought it a couple of years ago from them and now they quit having it; I don’t know why and he didn’t either.
I’m going to build either my circle cutter for my table saw or a new sled today and I’m favoring the sled since I’m going to incorporate the circle cutter into it. I’m going to make the circle cutter similar to the circle sanding fixture so I can cut bigger circles on the table saw. I always use the table saw to cut big circles but I usually just use a disposable fixture for the occasion. I’m going to design and make it similar to the fixture in the attachment I’m including.
Go look at this:
http://sawdust.online.fr/Saw/en_SandingDisk.php
http://sawdust.online.fr/SpindleMoulder/en_CircleFixture.php
http://sawdust.online.fr/HowTo/en_CircleShaping.php
http://sawdust.online.fr/Accessory/en_CircleFixture.php

-- “Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and hand guns.” — Mitch Ratcliffe

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#12 posted 03-15-2012 09:09 AM

Any word on the sanding disc? Thanks Pat

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

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Metrotek

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#13 posted 03-16-2012 02:55 AM

Woodcraft wrote me back and said they haven’t located a souorce but I’m going to keep looking for one for you.

-- “Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and hand guns.” — Mitch Ratcliffe

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#14 posted 05-28-2012 12:58 PM

You should enter this into our jig contest! Email photos along with your LJ name to jigcontest@runbox.com. You might win!

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#15 posted 07-08-2014 01:02 AM

You can buy an aluminum 12” sanding disk from grizzly part# P7297025 most likely they have other sizes also

-- Honey thats not a mistake, it's a design feature!

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