Orbital Sander "SPIN-DOWN" Stand

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Project by TD69Mustang posted 11-05-2011 07:23 AM 8482 views 31 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It seems that I spend an unorthodox amount of time waiting for my sander to stop spinning before I can put it down; or it slides all around on the work surface until it comes to a stop. I hate that.

This is a orbital sander stand that allows you to set your sander down, after turning it off, without waiting for it to come to a complete stop.

Originally, the top was parallel to the bottom (or level). There was a tendency though, for the sander to want to vibrate out of the holding slot. I fixed this by cutting the sides so the top sits at a 10⁰ angle to the bottom. I also attached some perforated rubber drawer liner to the bottom, so it won’t slide around on the work surface.

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#1 posted 11-05-2011 07:42 AM

I have seen similar setup but yours is better.

Neat idea.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 11-05-2011 07:48 AM

Yesss. I want one .

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#3 posted 11-05-2011 10:36 AM

Yes, I can see how the 15 second wait time could put one over the edge….........

-- mike...............

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#4 posted 11-05-2011 12:40 PM

Good idea and… makes sense!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#5 posted 11-05-2011 01:38 PM

What an excellent idea to get rid of some scraps.

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#6 posted 11-05-2011 03:02 PM

Great idea – I would imagine you can also leave the sander running and park it in the jig to flip your work piece over and such…...


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#7 posted 11-05-2011 03:12 PM

I like! I like a lot!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#8 posted 11-05-2011 04:15 PM

Was that in the same project book as your router bit changer?
I made one of those and it worked nicely. I finally just sold it when I bought the PC model that stops quickly.
Your additions to the one in the book make yours more user friendly.
Nice job.

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#9 posted 11-05-2011 05:25 PM

Very nice holder…I like the features that you added : )

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#10 posted 11-05-2011 05:44 PM

OK, at first I thought this was silly, but watching the video and seeing how long your orbital dances around before it comes to a stop…it does make sense. I could see me putting down the sander before it was done, and it walking off the bench and cracking the case.

about waiting 15 seconds…when you’re working at the speed of thought (meaning that in your head you’re seeing each and every step and you’re already mentally on the next step), your tools shouldn’t be what’s slowing you down, nor breaking your rhythm…the only things that should slow you down is safety, and maybe fatigue. :)

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#11 posted 11-05-2011 06:22 PM

Seems like a good idea. On mine, I let it spin down a couple seconds then lay it sideways on the bench while still rotating. It’s still a bit awkward, so I might have to make a similar jig.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#12 posted 11-07-2011 06:49 AM

Great idea and I will build one .


-- Kiefer

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#13 posted 11-07-2011 11:32 PM

There is nothing like a new jig that works well. Well done mate

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 11-09-2011 12:20 AM

Very nice and well done. Another LJ who likes tools! All is in the details. Great job.



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#15 posted 11-10-2011 02:53 AM

Nice idea I have been working with orbital sanders a lot lately and hate to have to wait for it to stop spinning. I need to make one of them.

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