A simple Sandpaper installation device for Random Orbital Sander

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Project by GaryK posted 12-16-2009 04:42 AM 4695 views 16 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is so simple I know that it has to have been done before.

It’s kind of a pain lining up the holes on a Random Orbital Sander. I just took a 6” square piece of wood, drilled 4, 3/8” holes lined up using a disk and glued in some dowels. The dowels have been rounded at the top. They stick up about 3/4”.

Just put on a disk loop side up, lower the sander, rotate it a little until the holes line up (helped by the rounded pegs) lower it all the way and you have perfectly lined up disk.

Another cool thing it that you can stack up more than one disk in order of grit size. I show 8 disks but I only add 4 at a time since the top disk will stick before the holes are lined up. Great for working your way through the grits.

You could make one for 5 hole disks and for Festool disks also whatever they have.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 12-16-2009 04:55 AM

Great idea! your right it is pain, now i have something to do tomorrow, thanks.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#2 posted 12-16-2009 04:59 AM

Great tip Gary. Thanks.

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#3 posted 12-16-2009 05:01 AM

That is so simple….but it’s pure genius! Great idea..I will be making one of those.


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#4 posted 12-16-2009 05:15 AM

Send this one to the magazines!


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#5 posted 12-16-2009 06:00 AM

Hi Gary:
You’ve been peeking in my shop again haven’t you! <vbg>

From my woodfolder

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#6 posted 12-16-2009 06:20 AM

See, I knew that someone had done it before!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 12-16-2009 06:23 AM

Deja Vu!


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#8 posted 12-16-2009 07:28 AM

Yep! It’s a product. You just saved yourself some money with your cleverness :)

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#9 posted 12-16-2009 11:19 AM

Very clever ideas.

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#10 posted 12-16-2009 12:58 PM

Crap, something else for my list of things to do! Very neat idea.

-- Sawdust looks better in the garage than cars, explain that to your wife!

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#11 posted 12-16-2009 03:34 PM

I’ve seen this one in “Wood Magazine’s Jigs, Tips and Techniques”. Nice jig though.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 12-16-2009 04:59 PM

Thanks for posting this great idea Gary. I always have trouble lining those darn things up. I imagine there will be about 14,000 of these things out there before long.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 12-16-2009 05:32 PM

To tell you the truth I never thought of a jig, I am fairly good at hitting the holes. But this is a great Idea, especially if you have to change grits often.
Thanks Gary for the idea and the post!

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#14 posted 12-16-2009 05:52 PM

Great idea Gary. I’ll add to my list.



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#15 posted 12-17-2009 01:50 AM

this is really great…now if you add a few of these and have them slide out of drawers…I think that is the tweak I will add…but I love this idea of the “install”...brilliant…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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