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Project by SebringDon posted 07-30-2013 10:58 PM 5445 views 29 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Small pieces of stock and tight curves are tough to sand. The Ridgid oscillating sander is overkill, hand-sanding is tedious, and holding a Dremel in one hand and stock in the other is an invitation to poor results. Trying to clamp small pieces and bring the tool to the wood works only a little bit better.

I got this plan from Wood Magazine, August 2000. They tout it as a rotary tool router table, but I’ve only used it as a sanding table so far. It excels at that job.

The top is 1/2” ply, the back is 1/4” ply, the side supports are 3/4” radiata pine, and the support blocks were resawn on the bandsaw from a piece of 2×4. Some strips of foam tape mounted inside the support block cutouts hold the Dremel securely. I can change bits from under the table using the little wrench that comes with the tool.

-- Don





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NaFianna

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#1 posted 07-30-2013 11:13 PM

Mmmmm! I think this might be a solution to a problem I am having. Well done.

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#2 posted 07-31-2013 12:16 AM

Nice idea.

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#3 posted 07-31-2013 12:35 AM

I like it! Very cool!! I need one of those!
Since I pretty much do all my work with the Dremel tool!

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#4 posted 07-31-2013 08:40 AM

Very neat! I like it….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 07-31-2013 12:14 PM

That’s great idea! My Grandson who is not all that interested in the workshop, is always pulling His Dremel tool box out, and setting it on the floor because I don’t have a place to put it. This might be a great idea for Him! Thanks for a great Idea :)

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#6 posted 07-31-2013 01:04 PM

Sweet! I SO NEED one of these!

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#7 posted 07-31-2013 01:47 PM

Nice work!! Add a fence and life is good for this that and the other… Thanks for sharing :)

-- Dan

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#8 posted 07-31-2013 02:15 PM

very cool, I’m always hand sanding odd little parts.

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#9 posted 07-31-2013 09:05 PM

Very nice Don, probably a lot of us with Dremels may attempt something similar now. Slight tangent, have you (or others reading) had much luck with the ~1/8 to ~1/4 straight cutting router bits sold for Dremels? I briefly tried them out on some scrap and they seemed to create a lot of tear-out. I also experimented with less depth and still bad results. Basically I tried to create a shallow groove to then place some inlay into it. Curious as to others’ results. If it worked, this table with a fence and router bit would be perfect for this type of work.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#10 posted 08-13-2013 08:06 PM

Good work, Don. I’ve been looking at these for the past couple of weeks, and have been afraid to start one. My major problem in this is, how do you square the spindle to the table top? Most of the versions I’ve seen clamp the Dremel in the same spot you have. When you did that, how did you ensure that you shape the clamp so that it will consistently be square when you reattach the Dremel? Thanks in advance.

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#11 posted 08-16-2013 11:55 PM

The general shape of the cutout is just a circle, then I lined the inside of the cut with two strips of foam like you use on the bottom of a piece of furniture. It comes in strips as well as circles, squares, etc. Then I clamped the Dremel in, squared it to the table, tightened it down and left it for a few days. Now there are pretty apparent indents in the foam that help with the lineup. It’s been dead on the couple of times I’ve used it since then. I just leave the Dremel in the table after I use it unless I need it for freehand work. It’s a small package even with the Dremel installed and sets nicely on a shelf.

-- Don

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#12 posted 05-31-2015 11:09 AM

I found it a good idea to do the clamp block as a single piece cut from a 2×6, doing all the drilling cutting before cutting it in two lengthwise. I put that piece up against the bottom of the top piece and drilled a pilot hole through the clamp and into the top in one run, assuring the two would be aligned.

I also skipped the curves so I could clamp it in a Dremel vise.

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