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Forum topic by Allanwoodworks posted 06-14-2011 05:32 PM 2274 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Allanwoodworks

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06-14-2011 05:32 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question sander custom table belt disc grizzly

Hello,

I got this Grizzly belt and disc sander for dirt cheap, the only problem is that it did not have the table that works on both the belt and disc sanders. I can buy the parts direct from Grizzly but for the table only is a $150 bucks. I just don’t feel right spending that type of money when I feel like I can make one myself. The only problem I have is the mount for the table which is a solid post that slides into the cast iron base and is held into place with set screws. The table works for either the belt sander or the disc sander depending on which mounting hole you use. Any Ideas or things you have seen over the years would be great, just need to get some ideas. I have posted the pictures below from Grizzly’s site

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-- Ty, Up in Washington


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Allanwoodworks

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#1 posted 06-15-2011 05:54 AM

Cr1,
Thanks for the advise, but I have it mounted. I dont have the cast Iron table part for holding the project.

-- Ty, Up in Washington

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Gregn

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#2 posted 06-15-2011 04:54 PM

I’ll go look at mine and see what I can come up with.
I just took a look at mine. If you don’t have the set screws they take a 4 mm Allen wrench and the bar stock used is 3/4”. Get some 3/4” bar stock and grind a flat spot on both ends. The end that goes into the mounting hole is flat for about 3” for adjusting the table closer or farther to the disc or belt. I would also grind a flat spot on the other end for the table to mount to as mind has a tendency to slip. Since your probably making the table from wood I would suggest using threaded inserts on the part that connects to hold to the bar stock. This part is basically a T shape. On the ends of the T are pins for pivoting the table for different angles, the table has notches for the pins to set in and are held in place by small metal plates to allow for pivoting. The knob for setting the angle is what holds the table in position. I have often thought about making a second table for use on the belt side to keep from having to switch them around.

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

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Don W

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#3 posted 06-15-2011 05:27 PM

If you search LJ’s for disk sander you will find several home made that look really nice. It should give you an idea of what hyou could do if you want to build your own.

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Lee Barker

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#4 posted 06-15-2011 05:58 PM

There are two reasons the table is cast iron and the mounting parts are steel: rigidity and the absorption of vibration (that’s the cast iron’s virtue).

While a sander like that looks pretty benign, it can be a dangerous tool and having any movement whatsoever in the table could lead to an accident.

My view is that the $150 is pretty reasonable. Not that you couldn’t build a substitute, but if you can afford the ticket, then you can get on to using the tool, which may lead to one of those palm-slap-to-the-head moments when you say, “why didn’t I get one of these years ago?”

Kindly,

Lee

Kind of a side note, not wishing to hijack the thread, but I see that the DC outlet really gets scrunched down in the middle of things when the belt platen is vertical. How have owners of this tool made that work? Or do you just leave it horizontal?

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#5 posted 06-16-2011 05:46 AM

I made 2 tables for my Grizz like yours. Ill try to post pics when my buddy[computer literate] is available.Some easy welding is required.

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 06-16-2011 05:48 AM

Lee – I put a plastic right angle fitting off my chop saw on the belt dust port

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Allanwoodworks

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#7 posted 06-16-2011 10:36 PM

Lee, Makes complete sense, thanks for the response!

gfadvm, Would love to see any pic’s you got for any ideas.

-- Ty, Up in Washington

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