Disc Sander

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Project by MactheKnife posted 05-26-2013 08:18 PM 3160 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a disc sander for one of my projects, I don’t have the space for one and I like to make things if I can so I came up with this lathe driven one, inspired by a few fellow lumberjocks projects!

I made a quick and dirty model on Sketchup first and used that as a guide. All materials are offcuts from other projects. The only money I spent was on the sanding discs.

It works really well. I have yet to add a dust extraction port in the base. Once its done I’ll post that up.
I also made a sander thicknesser, but I dismantled it with a better design in mind, that’ll be on here soon too.

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#1 posted 05-26-2013 08:24 PM

Thats a great idea, well done!

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#2 posted 05-27-2013 03:08 AM

Looks good. I made one but used the tool rest to hold the sanding platform. It works well but I’ve been thinking of making a new platform similar to yours. I also plan on getting a Beall spindle tap so I can just make a bunch of wood disks without using my faceplates.

Here’s the one I made.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 05-27-2013 09:10 PM

Thanks, I had a look at the one you made, I made one similar with an adjustable hieght table but it moved too much on my lathe so I went down the solid route this time. If you want the Sketchup drawing you are more than welcome.
I agree with you on tapping the disks to use without a face plate, so I looked into getting a tap (3/4in 16tpi) they are about £40 here and face plates are £12! I do however have some large nuts that are 3/4 inch so if I can work out a way of attaching them to the back of the disc I’ll make more discs with different grits (and after reading your build maybe go to 12inch discs).

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#4 posted 05-28-2013 02:51 AM

I’ve since bought some 8” discs (the 9” cost over twice as much) but haven’t mounted them to wood yet.

-- Rick M,

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