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Disk Sander For Your Lathe

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Project by TedM posted 04-05-2012 09:36 AM 3320 views 19 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a disk sander that I recently made for my lathe that works really great!

I don’t use a disk sander all that often but it’s certainly nice to have access to one when I do need one so I decided to build one as a lathe attachment. This way, I’m not taking up valuable shop floor space or have the expense that I would with a stand alone disk sander. When this unit is not in use I can throw it on a shelf, under a bench or hang it on a wall out of the way until I need it. Setting it up consists of screwing the disk on to the lathe spindle and clamping the table onto the bed of the lathe – it only takes a few minutes.

I made the disk and the table from plywood and the faceplate out of Maple. So that I can easily add and remove different grit sanding disks I incorporated SIA’s Siaklett Disc system, which uses a handy hook and loop method to adhere the sanding disk.

If you’d like to make your own I have more photos and instructions here:

http://www.woodworkersguide.com/2012/04/03/a-disk-sander-for-the-lathe/

Hope this helps! Any questions, please ask.

Take care.

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit http://www.woodworkersguide.com and sign up for my project updates!





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#1 posted 04-05-2012 11:17 AM

Very interesting…

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#2 posted 04-05-2012 12:04 PM

Great work Ted, a very useful lathe addition. Your dust control idea is wonderful too. I also have a 12” one that mounts on my lathe and has the hook and loop. I don’t have a table on mine as I use it mainly to flatten rings for segmented turnings which require access to the whole disk area. I have a 12” disk sander with a table for other work.

I do think the lathe mounted sander with a table can be just as useful as a disk sanding machine, but you could make a tilting table for it with a slot for a miter gauge, if you wish to make it even more useful for general woodworking.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 04-05-2012 01:29 PM

I love when a woodworker makes his own tool modifications!

Thanks for posting!
Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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#4 posted 04-05-2012 01:57 PM

http://www.wkfinetools.com/contrib/hendersonM/sharpDisk/sharpDisk-7.asp

Great idea Ted. Maybe add a leather perimeter on the disc for honing?

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#5 posted 04-06-2012 03:33 AM

hey can you please add the photo of the back I want to know how you atached it to the lathe this is a recommended use in a deltagram issue on power tool usage I guess delta used to sell a disk for doing this in the olden days then they stopped selling it and made the specialty sander how did you thread the wood I now see the back kind of

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#6 posted 04-06-2012 04:13 AM

I need to make one of those. I gave away a perfectly good 12” diameter BB ply disk to a fellow woodworker here in the coast area to build one. He simply attached it to a cheap HF faceplate.

I would LOVE to know where you got the hook and loop pad and disks from…

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#7 posted 04-06-2012 04:38 AM

yes do tell where did the stuff come from I am going to make one as soon as i go to harbor freight for the faceplate

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#8 posted 04-06-2012 12:31 PM

Add leather for a honing disk? Now that’s a multi-tool! Great idea!

You can find more info and photos at the Url included above.

Thanks for the comments!

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit http://www.woodworkersguide.com and sign up for my project updates!

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#9 posted 04-06-2012 08:41 PM

very nice i love the dust extractor attachment

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#10 posted 05-28-2012 12:50 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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#11 posted 05-28-2012 12:53 PM

Thanks, stumpy, must have missed the notice for the contest. Will do!

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