Hints and Tips #17: DIY Small Sanding Spindle

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 11-20-2015 02:32 PM 1977 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I needed a small sanding spindle to sand the small corners of a project I’m working on. My store bought sanding spindle is too big and I didn’t want to go out and buy one, plus even the smallest one in the store is too big.

[Above] I found a 4 inch long piece of aluminum rod. It’s a little bigger in diameter than 1/4 inch. I used a hack saw to cut a slot down its lengthy about 1-1/2 inches long.

[Above] I cut a piece of sandpaper about 2 inches long to fit in the slot. You may need to fold over the edge that fits in the slot. Make sure it’s facing the right direction for the rotation of your drill.

[Above] I used it in my drill press. Even though I’m pressing on it, I’m not seeing the aluminum shaft bend. You’ll likely need to change the sand paper often, but this is a good use for the small scraps that some of us accumulate.

[Above] The sandpaper will stand out from the shaft when at rest, but the pressure of what you’re sanding will keep it tight.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 11-20-2015 02:35 PM

Nice idea. I will remember this for the next time I need to sand something small.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#2 posted 11-20-2015 03:49 PM

I do this same thing with small wood dowels to sand into small corners by hand
I have several handy , each one larger than the other.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#3 posted 11-20-2015 03:59 PM

Nice job!

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 11-21-2015 01:11 AM

Great idea, Dave—I’ll definitely keep it mind!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#5 posted 11-21-2015 02:02 AM

Thanks Dave another use to justify buy a drill press. If only SWMBO will loosen her grip on the checkbook!

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#6 posted 11-21-2015 02:21 AM

Thanks Dave another use to justify buy a drill press. If only SWMBO will loosen her grip on the checkbook!

- BurlyBob

It might not work as well, but this would probably work with a handheld drill.

I’ll give you a tip on getting equipment: Patience and a change jar. All three of my ‘big’ tools were bought by putting a little away each week. Change adds up.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#7 posted 11-22-2015 06:00 AM

Great idea, thank you for sharing

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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