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Forum topic by StumpyNubs posted 12-25-2010 10:12 PM 2124 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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StumpyNubs

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12-25-2010 10:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig tip question trick sander sanding

I have three stationary sanders and would like to make them into the ULTIMATE SANDING STATION! Here’s what I want out of my sanding station…

1. Speed of sanding small and medium sized and project parts for small scale production using three grits (120, 220, 320)

2. Accuracy. Most stationary sanders quickly ruin the flatness of a piece because you don’t always press it against the belt with even pressure across the surface, especially with larger pieces.

3. Dust collection. All three are older sanders with no built in dust collection.

One of the sanders is a homemade 4” benchtop unit. The Second is a smaller 4” free standing unit with a 8” disc on the side. I took it off the base to make it into a benchtop unit too. The third is a smaller 3” benchtop unit with a 6” disc.

You can find all three in the photo above if you look closely.

I imagine putting all three next to each other on a long bench and creating one big unit that I can move quickly from one to the next.

Any ideas? Anyone make any unique modifications to your stationary sanders? Any tips on stationary sander use?

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Karson

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#1 posted 12-25-2010 10:50 PM

Jim: I think that I’ve found that the uneven sanding might also be caused by the belt coming off the drum and be raised above the surface. It tends to sand the leading edge a little more and puts a slight bevel on it.

Good luck on getting your setup done. Ive got a 6X42 and a 4X32 belt sander. I might try to do what you are suggesting also.

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Lee Barker

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#2 posted 12-25-2010 11:01 PM

When I imagine this sort of thing sometimes I see a lazy susan approach. Dust collection could come down from above, central, and be loose enough so you could turn the disc. A pin into a hole would locate it. It would take a large footprint but if you had a corner it might be cool.

The addon DC is a function of your tin snips, various tin cans, and a pop riveter.

Thanks for letting my mind wander!

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#3 posted 12-28-2010 07:06 PM

Thanks for the ideas, I’ll have to get working on it!

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