|Project by Joe||posted 03-14-2013 03:32 AM||4447 views||16 times favorited||9 comments|
I made this little sanding table out of some 1/4” ply scraps I had lying around. I found something like this somewhere out there on the internet a while back.
The hole in the top allows for the drum to be lowered directly into it. Otherwise, your drum will have to sit slightly above your table, resulting in a bit of a lip, which will have to them be flipped and sanded again. The hole alleviates that problem. Just snug up your workpiece to the drum and away you go!
I drilled the hole in front so I could attach my shop vac for dust collection. The box gets full of dust quickly, and I know it may be overkill to have a shop vac hooked up to this little guy, but I can’t think of a better way to empty the dust.
If you are going to make something like this, ensure to create some way to anchor the set-up to your table. I just left a little lip so I could spring clamp it.
I always try to add a splash of clever to my projects if I can. This one included. So I don’t have to raise and lower my table all the time, I cut a 1 1/2” piece of ABS pipe to hold the chuck of my drill press down. I cut about 1/3 of the pipe away. Hopefully you can see that in the photos. I simply lower it, slip in the piece and it holds it at the right height. When I want to adjust or switch grits, I can pop out the ABS piece, do what I need to do, and never have to adjust and re-adjust the table height.
If I were to make another, I would increase the size of the top to accommodate for larger pieces.
-- It's better to have a tool and not need it than to need a tool and not have it.