Drill Press Sanding Mandrel Table

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Project by Scooter McClain posted 06-13-2013 05:08 PM 3100 views 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In addition to the downdraft sanding table, I built a drill press sanding table/box to allow sanding mandrels to be used on my floor drill press. It is made from 3/4” pine and its about 11” square. The table is a piece of white board that is mainly MDF. The base is the same material. I used butt joints and wood screws and wood glue to keep it all together. I opted to not add any plywood to the inside to taper the sawdust to the dust collection port, and I hope that works out OK. Like the downdraft table, this was built for utility and not for beauty.
I normally embrace my mistakes in projects and do not mention them, but I rushed this project, hoping to get it completed before dark. When I un-clamped everything and placed it on my drill press, my first mistake became evident. I made the dust collection attachment in the front of the drill press, and this might cause some complications with using it. A simpler solution is to cut the table top down to size without overhang and just turn the box sideways.
The second issue is I made it so I cannot clamp the box down to the drill press table. I’ll have to glue or screw on another piece of scrap to allow that. That’s an easy fix too.
I have the mandrel on order, which is a 2” diameter drum. I made the hole in the MDF/marker board 2-1/2”. That might be too wide, but we shall see.
I’m very pleased with how this came out, and with the downdraft table, I hope to get a lot of use out of it. I got this idea from the internet and it’s saving me from purchasing an oscillating spindle sander (at least for now!).

Update to original post: This was such an easy solution and fix that within 30 minutes of posting, I corrected both of the problems. I just added the three pictures showing the fix. The last picture shows how it was originally posted with the two mentioned mistakes. I can now clamp the sanding box down, as well as having the ability to position the hose for the dust collection to either the left or right side of the drill press now.

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!

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Kaleb the Swede

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#1 posted 06-13-2013 06:05 PM

Very smart. I may copy your idea. Thanks for posting

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#2 posted 06-13-2013 06:09 PM

Nice idea.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#3 posted 06-14-2013 11:58 AM

Absolutely an idea that I will copy! Thanks for sharing the simple and great solution!

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal

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