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Forum topic by Jeff Bremer posted 02-19-2018 11:09 PM 1554 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jeff Bremer

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02-19-2018 11:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: spindle sander

Hi All,

I’m new to the forum.

Thinking of getting the Rigid Spindle/Belt Sander, but want to be able to use it with patterns. Does anyone know if it can be operated without oscillation and a “bushing” mounted below the sandpaper for a pattern?

Thx, Jeff


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#1 posted 02-20-2018 12:04 AM

Pretty sure the oscillation cannot be turned off on the Ridgid.

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#2 posted 02-20-2018 03:35 AM

I doubt you can disable the oscillation, but check my Gamble Side Chair blog to see how I mounted ambushing to my Jet spindle sander for pattern sanding.

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#3 posted 02-20-2018 06:05 AM

Thanks, I’ll check it out.

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#4 posted 02-20-2018 06:10 AM

Great idea. I’ll have to take a look at the rigid to see if something similar can be done to it.

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#5 posted 02-20-2018 12:57 PM

I suggest you look into an air filled sanding drum that you mount in your drill press. I have a “Sand Boss” and like it much better than an oscillating spindle sander.

The air filled drum does not leave grooves on the sanding surface like a spindle sander can. Also , because the drum is flexible there’s almost no loading up or build up of the sanding sleeve. You can get a set of three sizes of these for about $100. A small bicycle pump is needed also.

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#6 posted 02-20-2018 03:20 PM

Do you have a drill press? If so, you can just get a sanding drum kit, like this ($9.99 at amazon), and lower the drill press to the needed height.

You can cut a small circle the same size as your sanding drum and hot glue it to the table underneath the drum to act as a guide.

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#7 posted 02-20-2018 03:43 PM

Hi Jeff,
Here’s a link for a drill press attachment I have and use on a regular basis.It’s called Robo Sander. Check it out.
http://www.luthiersfriend.com/robosander/robosander.html

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#8 posted 02-20-2018 03:47 PM

LJ Keifer made a drum for pattern sanding on an oscillating spindle sander that might be just what you need:
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/308914. He posted more info on his Youtube channel (see link in his project). His previous project was about making one for his drill press.

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#9 posted 02-20-2018 03:55 PM

Does anyone know if it can be operated without oscillation and a “bushing” mounted below the sandpaper for a pattern?

I have one and there is no way to disable the oscillating function. A drill press w/ drum would be the easiest to set up if you have a drill press.

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Jeff Bremer

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#10 posted 02-20-2018 08:01 PM

Hey everyone, thanks for the replies. I have used the spindles with my drill press, however, it’s an old/small Craftsman and I’m concerned this use may damage the bearings (though LJ Keifer’s idea to put a bearing in the DP table could solve that problem). Think I’m going to give TungOil’s method a try.

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#11 posted 02-20-2018 08:16 PM

You could get a HF drill press (around $50) and use it as a dedicated spindle sander.

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#12 posted 02-20-2018 08:49 PM

I bet I could disable the oscillating function on one… but it would kind of be permanent ;)

Cheers,
Brad

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#13 posted 02-21-2018 12:47 AM

If it oscilates like my Ryobi, it uses a 2 belt system to do the oscilatting. Different number of teeth on each belt. Juat remove 1 belt.

-- thimmaker

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#14 posted 02-26-2018 01:10 AM


If it oscilates like my Ryobi, it uses a 2 belt system to do the oscilatting. Different number of teeth on each belt. Juat remove 1 belt.

- thimmaker

YES YES AND YES!! I found this out on my wilton oss (identical to the ryobi) when it ran out of lubricant between the oscillating pulley and the stationary pulley. One pulley is ever so slightly smaller than the other, causing it to spin at a different speed. Each pulley has an up/down ramped face that causes one pulley to push away from the other, and a strong spring forces them back together again on the other side of the ramp. Spin the sanding drum until it’s at it’s highest point of oscillation, and then remove the belt from the oscillating pulley. Then you should be able to make or modify a sanding drum with a pattern follower bushing as others have suggested. Let us know how it works out for you!

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