bowl sander

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Project by maineman posted 01-11-2013 11:06 PM 2891 views 10 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been looking at the products and kits avaiilable to sand the inside of the bowls that I turn. I’ve looked on line for ideass and have seen many creative ways of making devices to go on drills. I simply took a 1 1/4 wooden knob that I had laying around along with few household items and came up with this. It’s similar to some that I’ve seen on various sites but did not require the use of wood and extra drilling ,etc.

I fixed the screw in the knob then cut off the head. I cut a rather high density closed cell foam that was part of a camping mat and glued that onto the knob. I had round velcro from a previous project and glued that onto the foam The hooks of the velcro face out and I cut some used self attaching sandpaper that came from my orbital sander. Seems to work well considering it didn’t cost me an arm and leg. I plan on making more with different size knobs.

-- Marc, Maine

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#1 posted 01-12-2013 12:10 AM


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#2 posted 01-12-2013 12:18 AM

Great idea!

I am not much of an outdoorsman, is the camper mat something to go under a sleeping bag or something to do with RVs?

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#3 posted 01-12-2013 12:35 AM


yes it’s one of those foam pads that you put under your sleeping bag to make it a bit more comfy. plus it keeps the mosituer between you and the gorund.

-- Marc, Maine

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#4 posted 01-12-2013 03:05 AM

Thanks for sharing.
Simple yet great idea.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#5 posted 01-12-2013 01:17 PM

Unique idea. Useful for any concave sanding needs.

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#6 posted 01-12-2013 07:36 PM

I’ll bet this works like a charm. I use the Noodles (used in a swimming pool), that you buy at the Dollar store in the summer for a buck er 2. They are 5’ or so long, and make gr8 sanding pads. Just don’t get the paper too hot. Cut them to any length, in half, or quarter them long wise, wrap your paper around it, and viola.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#7 posted 01-13-2013 12:43 AM

I love re-purposing things and saving $$ ... this is simple, yet elegant!

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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