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Forum topic by higtron posted 07-09-2012 10:28 PM 820 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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higtron

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07-09-2012 10:28 PM

I makeing a disc sander thats powered by my lathe the sanding deck/dust collection is set at 90% to my 12” disc as I couldn’t figure out how to achieve the tilt, and dust collection in one design. So now that it’s 90% done I’m just currios how often people use thier tilt feature on thier disc sanders.

-- If I cut it too short I can scab a piece on, but if it's too long what do I do?


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#1 posted 07-09-2012 10:33 PM

I Hardly use the tilt feature at all . But it depends what your making or plane on making.

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#2 posted 07-09-2012 10:47 PM

Next to never…..any angles that I’ve needed to sand in the past, I was able to just use my miter gauge : )

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#3 posted 07-09-2012 11:15 PM

Thanks Jim&Dusty that was what I thought to, Jim I’m not sure what all I’ll use the disc sander for probably just fairing curves, circle jigs, scarf joints ect. Dusty a miter gauge would make a good feature, something to think about.

-- If I cut it too short I can scab a piece on, but if it's too long what do I do?

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#4 posted 07-10-2012 12:16 AM

I rarely use mine, although there are those rare moments when it does come in handy.

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#5 posted 07-10-2012 12:24 AM

i’ve had a home made disk for about 10 years, it doesn’t tilt and I’ve don’t beleive I’ve ever wished it did. I’ve got 2 other commercial models and I’ve never tilted either of them.

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#6 posted 07-10-2012 02:42 AM

Never tilted either one of mine.

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#7 posted 07-10-2012 02:53 AM

Yes , make a miter slot across your table to fit one of your existing miter gauges and you should be set for life : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 07-10-2012 02:53 AM

When I first started to answer, I was like the others, rarely, but then I remembered fitting some dividers in some jewelry boxes, and cleaning up some mitered 45s and a few others. I suppose I could have used something else but there it was just asking me to tilt and sand.

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#9 posted 07-10-2012 01:44 PM

This makes me feel better about my choice of no tilt feature on my disc sander, thanks for the responses.

-- If I cut it too short I can scab a piece on, but if it's too long what do I do?

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#10 posted 07-10-2012 01:46 PM

I use mine when making lids and bottoms for shaker oval boxes.

The tops and bottoms are sanded to the line with about a 4-5 degree bevel. This makes the plates slip in tight like a cork in a bottle.

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#11 posted 07-10-2012 03:18 PM

Dr. Dirt raises a very good point. It’s pretty tough to sand the bevel on any curved piece using a miter gauge. If all your edges are straight…

You might get an idea for tilt from my loose tenon mortise jig posted on my web site blog
my blog

I’ve seen somewhere a hinged faux top that gets wedged up for bevels.

Dan

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#12 posted 07-10-2012 08:41 PM

You’d be better off making dedicated bevel “ramps” to place your stock on , if that’s all you sand that isn’t straight. My sander is a real bear to get reset to 90 degrees , so now that it is “perfect” , I leave it alone : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 07-10-2012 08:44 PM

I have a sanding disk I made for my lathe, with a flat table. No tilt. Don’t need it. But then again, I also have the Ridgid Oscillating sander. I honestly rarely use the disk… Sort of redundant.

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#14 posted 07-10-2012 08:53 PM

I also made the lathe set-up and haven’t used it since getting my Ridgid sander.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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