Modifying a Rigid oscillating spindle sander

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Forum topic by Tony Strupulis posted 05-19-2010 01:55 AM 1856 views 1 time favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tony Strupulis

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05-19-2010 01:55 AM

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I have the Rigid oscillating spindle sander and I love it. I would only change two things – I’d make it variable speed and be able to turn off the oscillating feature so I could use it with a pattern bearing. Has anyone out there done either one of these “upgrades”?

I think I could buy a variable speed control like they sell for routers. I looked at one and it said be sure your motor has replaceable brushes. I don’t think this one does, so you would have to be willing to burn out the motor. I’m not sure I’m willing.

Anybody tackle the oscillating “feature”?

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#1 posted 05-19-2010 01:57 AM

Not sure about that but there good sanders

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#2 posted 05-19-2010 07:37 PM


Funny you should suggest the luthier’s friend. I’m trying to turn the sander into a thickness sander for veneers and other thin strips. That’s why it would be nice to slow it down.

I’m in the process of building a fence for thicknessing. It is about the same size as the sander table and will have a couple knobs to screw it to the table. I am going to tap in set screws to use as levelers to micro adjust the table/fence square to the spindle. I got it glued up last night. Tonight will be the hardware. I’ll post it as a project when it’s done.

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