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Necessity is the mother of invention. After resawing the side blanks, I needed a method to thickness sand thin strips of wood for a Nordic tine. Using my planer was disasterous when tearout caused the entire piece to explode.

I built this removable MDF fence for my Rigid oscillating sander. It attaches to the table with the two black knobs. They thread into t-nut in a block of wood on the underside of the table. The holes in the MDF are slotted to allow for adjustment.

I drilled and tapped two socket head set screws to use as levelers to fine adjust the fence square with the sander. The table is corrugated, so to provide a flat surface for the leveling screws, I filled the entire table top with auto body filler and sanded it smooth. The leveling set screws and the filled table are both visible in the third photo.

To use the jig, I place the resawn strip between the fence and the belt sander. Slide the fence until it is snug, but not tight to the wood and belt sander. You should be able to pull the strip of wood out. Turn the sander on and feed the wood in from the left side, using your fingers to keep the wood tight to the fence. Re-adjust the fence and repeat until the desired thickness is reached.

I plan on using this for making veneers for inlay work, so I don't need anything too wide. Eventually, I'll build one of the wide panel drum sanders that show up on LJ every so often.

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I have that sander but would have never thought of using it like that. Nice jig.
 

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Great idea Tony. I just bought one of those oscillating sanders last week and starting to use it. What kind of sandpaper is the blue belt in the pictures?
 

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The blue sandpaper is the Norton 3X. It lasts a long time and it doesn't load up like regular paper. I think I'm running 150 grit.
 

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Great idea.
How do you control that do not come flying out when you feet it?
Best thoughts,
Mads
 

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Good question, MaFe! Always have one hand on the wood at all times! There is enough friction between the work piece and the MDF that you don't have to fight against it too much. Originally, I wanted to put countertop laminate on the fence, but I don't want to make it any more slippery.

In case you were wondering, it shoots about ten feet when you let go.
 

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Sounds like a real good idea. I'll bet the loafers watch where they stand around there.
 

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What a wonderful idea. I also just bought the Rigid oscillating sander and haven't used it yet. Looks like another jig is on my to-do list. Thanks for the great post.
 

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Great idea. Your link to Nordic Tine doesn't seem to work.
 

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The Nordic tine link is supposed to go to my projects page on LJ.
 

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I supposed that, but didn't see anything with that name ;-)
 

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OOPs, gotta read all the fine print :)) there is a tine box.
 

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A little slow here, just read your answer to my comment and laughed thanks.
Best thoughts,
Mads
 
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