Spindle Sander Conversion

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Project by KnotCurser posted 01-15-2011 09:28 PM 13060 views 121 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project allows me to use hook-n-loop sandpaper on my spindle sander.

I have been wanting to try this since the day I bought the sander, and I FINALLY broke down and figured it out over the last two days.

I really hated paying WAY too much for sanding sleeves, not to mention the dedicated space it takes to store the things without crushing them. Since I also have a drum sander that takes hook-n-loop paper, I decided to convert my Rigid spindle sander to a hook-n-loop system.

I searched around on the internet for some kind of kit or spindles with pre-applied hook sides – no luck at all!

I even called the maker of my drum sander and asked if they carried anything or knew of anyone – they were very nice and even called me back from Canada, but still no luck!

So…......... Now it was time to give in and try to make my own. I found that a clothes rod was the perfect diameter for the 1 1/2” spindle. Was finally able to bore a 1/2” hole down the center and attach the male sided velcro. After figuring out the proper way to cut the paper and attaching it, I tried it out.

It worked GREAT! And, I am amazed at how little paper it uses – probably about a nickles worth!

I also made one to replace my 1” spindle.

Pic 4 show just how little paper is needed to cover each spindle.
Pic 5 shows a great view of the original spindles next to the new ones.

Here’s a couple of tips:

1) Wrap the paper so that it tightens while it spins – see pic two.
2) Attach the male sided velcro that opposite of the paper – see pics 3-5.

Now all I have to do is get someone that does turning to make me a 3/8” and a 2” spindle so I can replace the others! Anyone want to trade services? I’ll make you a great deal on scrollwork! ;-)



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#1 posted 01-15-2011 09:44 PM


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#2 posted 01-15-2011 09:55 PM

You are one smart fella … thanks for sharing.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#3 posted 01-15-2011 10:08 PM

I don´t have a spindelsander and proppebly never will …..trying to go the slippery way of handtools….LOL
but I can see the idea in this
thank´s for sharing it with us

take care

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#4 posted 01-15-2011 10:21 PM

I’ve been looking at this exact sander for some time now. This may just push me over the purchase edge. Cheap and fast grit changes make it even better. Thanks for the post!!!!!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#5 posted 01-15-2011 10:54 PM

I just picked up this exact sander last month to add to my new workshop.
I never noticed the cost of the sleeves, but this sounds like a great idea.
I’m going to look into this.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#6 posted 01-16-2011 12:17 AM

Very clever. I have that exact model – must remember this mod!

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#7 posted 01-16-2011 01:20 AM

I’ll trade you some turnings, for the spindle sander. <—————- read carefully

nice conversion.

-- Mel,

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#8 posted 01-16-2011 01:26 AM

very cool idea

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#9 posted 01-16-2011 01:27 AM

Well look at you, all clever and such.

I love it. Not only the cost, but having them in my stock, and the ability to change grits.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 01-16-2011 02:48 AM

This is a super idea!

I have the same sander. My question is, have you noticed any slippage with the wooden spindles, compared to the rubber spindles that slightly expand under pressure once tightened? I’m sure the sandpaper holds tight with the velcro, but does the spindle slip on the shaft at all?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#11 posted 01-16-2011 04:17 AM

Thanks I have the Jet and the sleeves are soo expensive.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#12 posted 01-16-2011 04:37 AM

Sometimes ideas are so perfect that after someone comes up with it, you wonder why on earth it wasn’t this way all along. Your idea, to create your own spindles that use hook-n-loop…brilliant. I’ve often had a hard time even finding replacement sleeves in my area, especially in varying grits. This idea will eliminate that problem and even allow me to create custom sized sleeves if needed.
Thank you for sharing.

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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#13 posted 01-16-2011 04:38 AM

Bob the rubber on the original expands when you tighten down the nut to keep ithe paper from stopping. Do you have that problem with the wood only over the shaft?


-- And Still Too Short - "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

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#14 posted 01-16-2011 04:41 AM

nice, i want to get one of these sanders myself. thanks for the info.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#15 posted 01-16-2011 05:17 AM

I’d like to be able to change grits.

You may be able to use dowel rod? They come in different sizes…

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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