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8" disc sander from small Delta band saw

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Project by woodworker59 posted 695 days ago 2309 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this disc sander from an old 12” Delta band saw, the three wheel type. all of the parts with the exception of the box and fence were parts from the band saw. Even the 4 star knobs on the side were part of the old saw.. It works great, runs at 1750 rpm and only took about 1 1/2 hours to make from start to finish..
I don’t have he fence adjustable for angled work, just set at a solid 90 degrees to the disc. I figured this was good use of an old tool that was not doing me any good just laying around… the box and fence were made of 3/4” cabinet grade plywood that I had left over from another project… Papa

-- Papa@papaswoodworking.com





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DIYaholic

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#1 posted 695 days ago

That’s what they call good ole Yanky Ingenuity. Nicely done.

That is why I have saved my dads old beat up machines. Someday they will be repuposed into useable contraptions.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 695 days ago

Pretty cool, nice work with making use of old parts.
Thanks for showing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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roer

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#3 posted 694 days ago

Nice ! What do you use to fasten the sandpaper to the disc ?

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woodworker59

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#4 posted 694 days ago

I just use PSA discs from the local big box. they are available in 6” 8” and even in some stores 12”. I am thinking about making a thin plastic cover for the disc and gluing it to the wood with contact cement.. I think the old PSA discs would come off the disc easier than they do the wood. ...Papa

-- Papa@papaswoodworking.com

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#5 posted 694 days ago

Nice idea and good job. I like to take parts from something else and see what I can make with them. This is a good idea.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (tom@thcww.com)

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woodworker59

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#6 posted 694 days ago

The sander works very well, I was worried about the wood disc coming off the wheel from the band saw, as the only way I could figure to adhere it was with a good coat of contact cement. So far there seems to be no problem. it runs nice and true and almost zero run out. I am considering making a new fence that would allow me to angle the fence to the disc, but as yet don’t need one that does. When I do, will give it a try. Only problem is I have two extra wheels and three left over knobs to find a use for.. lol…. Papa

-- Papa@papaswoodworking.com

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OnlyJustME

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#7 posted 694 days ago

Make 2 more disks and hook them all up with a pulley system to the one motor. Than you would have 3 different grit sanding disks set up and you could move from one to the next with out having to change the sanding disks.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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Surfside

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#8 posted 694 days ago

Nice innovation! thanks for the post! This is surely something to learn.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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woodworker59

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#9 posted 694 days ago

Onlyjustme, that would be a great Idea, but I barely have enough room for the one, have to put it away somewhere when on in use.. that would be really cool though, could have three different grits, go from rough to finish without changing anything.. nice idea, first I need to figure out how to make my shop twice as big.. haha …. papa

-- Papa@papaswoodworking.com

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OnlyJustME

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#10 posted 694 days ago

Make the shop bigger? Nothing a few lumber jocks and say $10,000 couldn’t solve. lol Where the $10,000 comes from? Maybe hold one of them dinner things that the presidential nominees do to raise money. only need one person to come at $10,000 a plate. lol

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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woodworker59

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#11 posted 694 days ago

Hey Only, I love my wife dearly, but there is nothing she cooks thats worth $10.000.00 per plate..lol
now if I could get a thousand people at $10.00 a head we would be in great shape…

-- Papa@papaswoodworking.com

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