Expand the use of your spindle sander sleeves

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Project by bushmaster posted 02-02-2015 05:11 PM 2413 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Does the table ever get in the way when you want to do some freehand forming or rounding a corner. I barely had enough room to scallop my mallet handle. I have had this idea to put an extension shaft on a motor to secure the sleeves for some time. After a few hours of machineing I was ready to try it out. Worked well as you can see by the spirel sample, but I thought the speed was alittle fast. The thought then struck me, why not use the drill press as one had a choice of speeds. All one would need is a piece of ready rod and a couple of nuts and washers, For lack of a long enough piece of ready rod I settled on a shaft that had been salvaged from something, it had a hole in it to pin a stop washer, and since it had no threads i ended up lathing the end down for a 3/8 thread. if you used ready rod you would not have to do that. The advantage of the smaller thread size if for the small sleeve. My eye is to try it out on one of those magnificent sculpted boxes that have been posted. Might save some hand work.
The other drill press sander I use allot is air filled, advantage to it is it stays cool and sanding sleeve last for ever.
I hope this idea may be helpful to someone. Comments or suggestions appreciated.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 02-03-2015 10:28 PM

Fantastic idea. I like the drill press one, I also have a small motor with a variable speed switch. You have me thinking now. Thanks for posting this great project.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#2 posted 07-17-2015 10:30 PM

You’ve wrinkled my brain, Brian. I don’t have a spindle sander, But I do have a drill press. Ideas aplenty. Thanks.

-- Mark

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