|Project by GenuineGeek||posted 03-24-2013 09:21 PM||2613 views||8 times favorited||8 comments|
A guy named Robert S makes some great commercially available sanders like this, but I did not have $65 to drop down on one, so I spent less than $15 and made my own.
Main parts were bought at Princess Auto (sorry non-Canadian turners) on sale right now for $10. that is the second picture.
I drilled a half inch hole about an inch deep on my turned handle (oak) directly on at one end and at 45degrees on the other. I will make two more at other angles as I have 2 more nylon bushings to use. The nylon bushings come form Lowes. Details are on the third picture.
At the bottom of the hole I placed a rare earth magnet. (Mine were free from taking apart computer hard drives), I then put a small amount of gorilla glue on the nylon bushing and pushed it in the hole.
Ready to use. The magnet keeps the stem from dropping out but is not to strong to hinder spinning. The nylon bushing holds it very steady but it spins very easily. The yellow foam has some give to it, but is quite firm, I may put some other foam in between and then I will have to add a few cents worth of hook and loop (Velcro) to my costs.
Works great, and I have 3 different size heads – whereas Robert only gives you one. I have to manually change positions and am limited to 4 preset positions whereas Robert’s gives unlimited positioning.
I an VERY happy with how well it works
-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.