Disc sander on your lathe?

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Forum topic by Alan S posted 07-11-2011 09:49 PM 6931 views 1 time favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Alan S

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07-11-2011 09:49 PM

Most lathes come with faceplates: something you can screw a board to and then thread onto your lathe spindle for turning. What if I screwed a piece of plywood to a faceplate, stuck some sandpaper to it and made a box that sits on the lathe bed to act as a table. Now I have a disc sander! Can anyone think why this might be a bad idea?


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#1 posted 07-11-2011 09:54 PM

NO it’s done all the time in fact I have this very facility on two of my lathes but rarely use it as I have two dedicated sanders one in each work room. Alistair

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#3 posted 07-11-2011 11:35 PM

I have seen some examples of just that. I am thinking of taking an old drill and doing something like that. Did not see any pictrures of you and Ben playing in the shop while they were on vacation.

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#4 posted 07-11-2011 11:59 PM

Remember to stick Velcroe to the disk, then you can use velroe backed paper for quick change when going down thru the grades.
I also use the disk of an old burnt out orbital sander, th disk fit directly onto my chuck making it very quick & easy to set up

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#5 posted 07-19-2011 09:07 AM

I use mine all the time I glue the disc to MDF, the discs last a long time and arte cheap to buy, I use a 10” one and that give room for big pieces

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#6 posted 07-19-2011 04:47 PM

The sanding disc with a table used to be a standard option on lathes, I have two different discs (one fine,one
coarse) and a table on my 1950s Delta lathe, just add a small dust hood and your are in business, or use the
table design on the site Alan S lists and your dust collection is solved. peteg’s idea of velcro is really good, that
will allow you to switch grits without a lot of bother and make life a lot easier. Shopsmith also has this disc
setup available.

-- As ever, Gus-the 78 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 07-19-2011 04:56 PM

I did it. A fellow woodworker near me received a waste 3/4” BB ply disk from me to build his. (I messed up measurements for a Thien baffle, and had no use for the disk any more…). Works great and saves a TON of space in the shop versus a dedicated sander… You might want to pick up a spare faceplate instead of installing / removing the faceplate to make sure everything stays true…

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#8 posted 07-31-2011 03:07 AM

I made a set-up for my JET VS mini lathe and applied Velcro to the MDF disc that I turned….now for the dust collection table : )
Thanks for the link above !

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#9 posted 07-31-2011 03:40 AM

Yup lots of accessories can be made to fit on your faceplate, limited only by your imagination and safety. I made my 5” sanding disk to fit my faceplate or my 1 3/8” expandable collet chuck that way if one is occupied with a project I can put the sander on the other. Oh, 5” why you might ask well Carborundum used to make sandpaper here in Niagara Falls and I got loads of them free like some of my sandpaper.


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#10 posted 07-31-2011 04:08 AM

I just got the new FWW magazine in the mail yesterday and sure enough this was one of the tips in the front of the mag with a box to fit on the lathe bed and a miter slot and gauge :)

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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