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Disc sander made with Shopsmith accessories

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Project by quicksilver posted 831 days ago 6100 views 12 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Slow and quite, so easy on the nerves.
Home made power tools are worth the effort.
The tables came out of a ShopNotes magazine.

Your situation may be different than mine so make sure of your measurements and observe all safety precautions.

-- Quicksilver





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nobuckle

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#1 posted 830 days ago

Simple and functional. What more could a person ask for? Thanks for the post.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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ldl

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#2 posted 830 days ago

Great Idea. This made me think of an old homemade bench grinder I can convert to this setup.
Where did you get the backer plates for the sandpaper?

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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GlennM

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#3 posted 830 days ago

Great idea, two different grits? I would be interested in knowing more about the construction and what was used for backer plates. Do they run true?

Glenn

-- Glenn, Nova Scotia

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RussInMichigan

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#4 posted 830 days ago

Nice!

Say, quicksilver, what did you use for shaft bearings through the plywood.

Thanks for the post.

Russ

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Paul Lajoie

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#5 posted 830 days ago

Ok now you did it. I have 2 disc’s from my SS, so maybe I’ll try this. Thanks for posting>

Paul

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Shopsmithtom

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#6 posted 830 days ago

I am curious, though. If you have 2 Shopsmith disks, do you have a Shopsmith? If you have a Shopsmith, why not just use it as a disk sander, the table is bigger, it tilts, you have a fence to use as a guide as well as the miter gauge, and the disk can be moved towards the wood, and a variable speed function.
All that makes for an excellent disk sander…of course if all you had were the disks, then the project makes perfect sense. (naturally, being a Shopsmith nut, I’m going to add something like that, I just can’t help myself)

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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Belg1960

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#7 posted 829 days ago

What speed does the motor run at and what HP rating is it?

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

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quicksilver

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#8 posted 829 days ago

Lathe disk sander in ShopNotes issue 49 is a good one if you have a wood lathe standing idle.
Could have multiple disks with different grits. If you have a variable speed lathe all the better.
Only cost would be an extra 6” faceplate.

-- Quicksilver

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quicksilver

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#9 posted 828 days ago

I think the motor is 1/3 hp and probably 1750 rpm.
I know I can stop the motor with enough pressure on a piece of wood.
The bearings are green and 3/4” ID. Sorry, so long ago.
Went to Kaman bearings and described what I was trying to do.
I built the two motor boxes and found the table plans much later.
My shop is only 11’ x 12’ and I wanted a beefier lathe and a bigger table saw.
Something had to go.
I count the patio as part of my shop in the summer.

-- Quicksilver

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