homemade bench top spindle sander

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Project by StudioFormaat posted 01-17-2014 03:59 PM 15112 views 32 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After i purchased a Triton bench top spindle sander i was a little bit disappointed about its flimsy plastic housing and overall appearence. So dismantled the machine in just 30 minutes and build a new housing in Finnish birch plywood with a thick and sturdy melamine top. The solid construction brings noise and vibration back to a minimum.Three magnets are inserted into the front to hold a key wrench and a spare washer.
The removable guide/ pushbar is attached with a steele pivot point.

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#1 posted 01-17-2014 04:01 PM

It will be a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 01-17-2014 06:12 PM

Good work!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 01-17-2014 07:04 PM

Very nice work! It looks like a professional job! Hope it performs as well as it looks.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#4 posted 01-17-2014 07:25 PM

That’s some top notch work. Most of my factory made tools don’t look that good.

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#5 posted 01-17-2014 07:31 PM


-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 01-17-2014 07:33 PM

Great project, I have the same spindle sander – different color – and it’s loud, the spacer rings are not flat with the top… I am inspired to copy (ok, it won’t be as nice as yours) this project! Thanks for posting!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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Matt in Franklin

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#7 posted 01-17-2014 07:45 PM

That’s awesome!

Couple questions:
1. Did you laminate melamine on all those surfaces (the black and white)? Of is the top just melamine and the sides are painted?

2. Dont take this the wrong way…... but I am curious why you didnt make the top surface bigger? If I were going to go through the trouble of taking my sander out of the original case and build a new one, I would want to make more real estate for the surface (beyond what you get with the stock sander). Maybe that’s just me… anyway that doesnt take away from such a great build you have there.

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#8 posted 01-17-2014 07:56 PM

Yes, you did a nice job with that. Never thought about or saw a removable guide/ pushbar …I’m not sure how it could be usefull? Doesn’t the piece want to ‘squirt’ out?


-- Al,New Jersey -To thine own self be true

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#9 posted 01-17-2014 08:48 PM

This is a first class build from the embedded magnets, the routered hand holds, the discreet vents, the pivoting fence and melamine all around. I bet there are even rubber feet on the bottom. BTW, I’m a nerd for pivoting fences.


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#10 posted 01-17-2014 09:07 PM

Great job – looks like the results you achieved will last a great many years longer. Well done.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#11 posted 01-17-2014 09:53 PM

It looks great ! I sold mine and now there are some times when I miss it. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#12 posted 01-17-2014 10:49 PM

I never thought of that. I have the HF version of the same tool and found that the top is just barely out of 90 deg to the spindle itself. Something like this could be useful.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#13 posted 01-18-2014 02:18 PM

What a great idea, great now another thing on my to do list. A+

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

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#14 posted 01-18-2014 04:09 PM

I like it. Thank you for sharing.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#15 posted 01-18-2014 06:53 PM

great lookin sander. fine work, nice lines and curves

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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