Extra long spindle for spindle sander?

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Forum topic by MurfreesboroCorey posted 01-30-2011 09:09 PM 3346 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-30-2011 09:09 PM

Does anyone know if/how to increase the height capacity of a spindle sander? I need to sand an 8” tall piece of wood

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#1 posted 01-30-2011 10:44 PM

I’m not aware of any extra tall spindles that you can buy for a OSS.

However, it seems to me like you could buy a longer bolt and put 2 spindles on at the same time. I would be a little leery of putting too much pressure against the top portion of the spindle because you would be putting leveraged pressure on the connection below. Nonetheless, it seems doable.

Warning – - This idea might invalidate a warranty. I don’t know that – I’m only guessing.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 01-30-2011 11:00 PM

not so long time ago there was one who rebuild his rigid spindlesander
and used wooden dovels instead of them in rubber something about using
other sandpaper as a cheaper solution
so it shuold bee possiple to do the same with longer dovels and longer bolts

sorry I canĀ“t remember who it was


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#3 posted 01-30-2011 11:23 PM

I don’t know what size you are looking for, but you could fit a piece of PVC pipe over a bare drum and tighten the nut with a socket and extension. Use contact cement to glue sandpaper to the outside of the PVC. PVC comes in a lot of sizes. You might find one that would work just right for you.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 01-30-2011 11:58 PM

Oluf has a good idea.
I had extensions made for my Rigid’s spindle. But only for 6” depth. I don’t think mine is robust enough to handle much more.
If you think yours would handle it and you have a threaded spindle, you might try having one made.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 01-31-2011 10:11 AM

Check with Grizzly and see if they have replacement spindles for their 9” spindle sander. Don’t know if they’re compatible with what you have. You’d have to check with them for compatibility, if nothing else they might refer you to other resources to check with.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#6 posted 01-31-2011 07:43 PM

The easiest thing to do would be to buy a piece of pvc pipe with in ID (Inner Diameter) that matches one of your current sleeves, and an OD (Outer diameter) that is close to a sandpaper sleeve you have on hand.

Just install your existing sleeve, slide over the pipe (or other round thing that does the jobs), slide the sandpaper sleeve over the pipe.

If the pipe’s OD does not match a sanding sleeve you have on hand, you can make your own.

good luck

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#7 posted 01-31-2011 08:09 PM

Greg is right about the sleeves from grizzly.

I bought sanding spindles from grizzly, and made them work in my Boice Crane spindle sander. My machine is a morse taper #1, grizzly spindles are morse taper #2, with threads. I had a machinist cut them down.

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