Drill Press Sanding Table

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Project by Joe posted 03-14-2013 03:32 AM 6096 views 16 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this little sanding table out of some 1/4” ply scraps I had lying around. I found something like this somewhere out there on the internet a while back.

The hole in the top allows for the drum to be lowered directly into it. Otherwise, your drum will have to sit slightly above your table, resulting in a bit of a lip, which will have to them be flipped and sanded again. The hole alleviates that problem. Just snug up your workpiece to the drum and away you go!

I drilled the hole in front so I could attach my shop vac for dust collection. The box gets full of dust quickly, and I know it may be overkill to have a shop vac hooked up to this little guy, but I can’t think of a better way to empty the dust.

If you are going to make something like this, ensure to create some way to anchor the set-up to your table. I just left a little lip so I could spring clamp it.

I always try to add a splash of clever to my projects if I can. This one included. So I don’t have to raise and lower my table all the time, I cut a 1 1/2” piece of ABS pipe to hold the chuck of my drill press down. I cut about 1/3 of the pipe away. Hopefully you can see that in the photos. I simply lower it, slip in the piece and it holds it at the right height. When I want to adjust or switch grits, I can pop out the ABS piece, do what I need to do, and never have to adjust and re-adjust the table height.

If I were to make another, I would increase the size of the top to accommodate for larger pieces.

Cost: FREE!

-- It's better to have a tool and not need it than to need a tool and not have it.

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#1 posted 03-14-2013 03:37 AM

Nice :-) Might be worth having some kind of bearing on the inside bottom to ease lateral tension on the spindle bearings. Not sure a drill press bearing is going to handle that kind of pressure well over time.

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#2 posted 03-14-2013 03:39 AM

Got one of these on my to-do list Joe….Love the idea with the pvc to chock the drill head…nice one sir

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 03-14-2013 03:47 AM

That would be a good idea. It may be too late for my little project here, but not for someone else’s. I don’t use this for anything large. As you probably noticed, I am only using drums that are less than 1” in diameter. It wouldn’t take long for a drum to wear out on a piece any bigger than a few inches!

-- It's better to have a tool and not need it than to need a tool and not have it.

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#4 posted 03-14-2013 04:13 AM

Joe, that looks like something that I may have to do also. Nice project.

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#5 posted 03-14-2013 09:09 AM


-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#6 posted 03-14-2013 11:26 AM

These tables are great. I put inserts in to take different sanding drums. Have a look HERE
I fitted mine to the table with some T nuts (Ithink that is what they are called) and bolted through the drill table to secure it.

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#7 posted 03-14-2013 12:48 PM

I like this.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#8 posted 03-14-2013 01:25 PM

I like the ice cream sandwich shape of it for easy clamping and i love the ABS pipe idea.
Good thinking.

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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#9 posted 09-11-2013 02:21 AM

This is a great idea to help with dust. I may be using this idea to make something similar for drilling with forstner bits. Thanks.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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