Home Made Disc Sander

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Project by derrickparks57 posted 09-03-2013 08:11 AM 3825 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pulled the motor out of a 40 year old dryer, 1/3 hp, 1725 rpm. My dad sent me the faceplate off of his old Craftsman sander that he hasn’t used in about 20 years. My Dad and his neighbor milled out a bushing sleeve so I could mount it onto the dryer motor shaft.

Anyway, finally got around to building the cabinet and the table for it. It’s all leftover 3/4” plywood scraps except for the table, it’s a piece of Red Oak I had leftover from a previous project. I hinged the table so it would be easier to change out the sanding discs. The switch is one I ordered for my tablesaw but later found out the old one was just clogged with sawdust. And the miter is the one from a junk bandsaw I threw out.

Now I just gotta order the discs for it and build a stand. Thanks for Looking!

-- Derrick, Florida, DP Woodwerks

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#1 posted 09-03-2013 02:52 PM

Lookin good Derrick. I’ve got an old motor that I want to do the same thing with! Too many projects going on at once!!!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 09-03-2013 06:38 PM

Looks very similar to one I built years ago using the turntable off an old record player and a half horse motor. We moved and I gave it away. Wish I hadn’t.

You’ve built a really useful tool. Looks good!

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#3 posted 09-03-2013 08:04 PM

thats cool.

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#4 posted 09-03-2013 09:53 PM

Excellent work on the sander Derrick !

You may want to consider adding a Velcro Backing to avoid having to glue discs on.
I have a similar one although store bought one I added the Velcro back and after using it found it a worthwhile addition for swapping up and down disc grades quickly.

The hinged table is a real asset as even the shop ones you have to remove the table to get the discs on!

I also made a piece of plastic film disc size and then cut it in half to use it to align the Velcro easier.

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 09-03-2013 10:16 PM

Derrick, I love when we can make our own tools. I think I would love to see the flip up table be a little closer to the disc. Or make it movable if need be. If your sanding really small pieces it could get sucked down in between as it is now.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#6 posted 09-03-2013 10:39 PM

Belg1960 – You make a good point about the table distance. I did that in case I decided to use H&L plus so the dust wouldn’t build up on the table and get in the way.

-- Derrick, Florida, DP Woodwerks

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#7 posted 09-03-2013 11:33 PM

Good job on the sander. I like the way you hinged your table. I hinged mine on the front (under the table) but I may change it like yours (looks easier with a bit more room to get your hands in)

See mine here…

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#8 posted 09-04-2013 01:13 AM

That will fill in some of the gap, you could cut some saw kerfs on the side closest to the disc to allow the dust to clear. Just thinking on the fly. Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#9 posted 09-04-2013 02:39 AM

Hey Joe, I saw the one you did and that’s where I got the idea to hinge the table.

-- Derrick, Florida, DP Woodwerks

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#10 posted 09-04-2013 05:40 AM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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