Sanding Box Drawer

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Project by Elyasaf Shweka posted 12-09-2014 01:30 PM 4638 views 10 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I guess that this is my most unappealing project yet.
Nothing too creative or fancy in making a sandbox out of an old simple drawer. The drawer measure 40X50 cm. I added an inner slope to improve the air flow and caulked the butt joints. I added a 12mm plywood surface, drilled 221 6mm holes (Yup. two hundred twenty one holes), and glued 110 silicon feet with double sided tape (that explains the diagonal lines). didn’t take so much time, though. The feet serve as sucking nozzles and as a friction factor to enable sanding without any clamps. works well. my easiest project till now.
Another thing worth mentioning is the decision to really use it as a drawer. Not only i have a great space for storing this drawer, under my bench, but it is also an option to just open the drawer and use it straight away. if i had suitable conditions, i would connect the hose permanently to the back of the drawer, so the only setup that is needed is opening the drawer andturning on the shop-vac. in order to make it suitable for working as a standalone tool – i added 4 rubber feet. sits stable on my bench even while rough sanding.

I recently read an article which claims that if you connect a vac while Palm sanding (instead of using the small bag you get with it), you increase your efficiency in about 50%. problem is that only the priced tools (FESTOOL, anyone?) come with a vac connector. So I alternated a vac connector from plastic and duct tape. and it sure does increase the efficency of the sanding dramatically.

-- Only by the 4th time I realized how it was suppose to be done in the first place.

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#1 posted 12-09-2014 04:47 PM

Interesting design Elyasaf, thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 12-09-2014 06:48 PM

Hello Elyasaf

Nice project and a good idea

What are the reference of your router ?

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#3 posted 12-09-2014 07:40 PM

Great idea

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#4 posted 12-09-2014 08:47 PM

Both the Bosch and the Porter Cable have sanding hose attachments.

The hose comes in 10 or 25 foot sections from Peachtree (or at the woodshows that peachtree demos at)

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#5 posted 12-10-2014 09:44 AM

Nicely done, Elyasaf. I like that you can use it on top of the bench or while still in drawer mode. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 12-11-2014 08:55 AM

Smart idea!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 12-11-2014 03:43 PM

I like that!

-- Pat, Central CA

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#8 posted 12-22-2014 02:30 PM

Thank you guys for your good words. Im working with the drawer and I’m very satisfied, it helps both with dust sucking and with gripping the work. it is very important to my work flow to have a dedictaed space for sanding, it helps keeping my tiny workshop clean and tidy. the airflow is probably not optimal. im not sure that the nozzles are the best solution (too high maybe) but it does the work.
Drdirt – i saw this hose attachemt before, but i couldnt figure if it fits my hitachi. i belive it is, since the general shape is similar, but i need the measurments. if you know a way to check that – please let me know. since i didnt buy the part, i decided to build one myself. the hose seems clever. im not sure that i see corect, but it seems the hose turns freely around the shaft and allows working fluently without the cable tangling around. if thats true- thats really smart and comfortable to work with.
Diggerjack – i didnt understand your question, but im using a trimmer also on the sanding box, it helps with the dust a lot.

-- Only by the 4th time I realized how it was suppose to be done in the first place.

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#9 posted 01-14-2015 02:45 AM

nice work here, I believe the DeWALT sanders have vacuum attachments as well… and cost far less than FESTOOL…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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