Large size table top on a benchtop spindle sander?

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Forum topic by Mordi posted 03-02-2016 05:52 PM 750 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-02-2016 05:52 PM

I have a jet bench top spindle sander and was thinking it would sure be convenient for certain projects to have a larger size table top for the sander.

Just wondering if anyone has done this sort of modification? Something that perhaps you could mount around the existing table top when needed and remove it when not needed…


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#1 posted 03-02-2016 05:56 PM

If you don’t mind losing 3/4” of the sanding height capacity, I would just cut a hole in a piece of melamine and place it over the spindle. T-tracks and clamps on the underside of the melamine could secure the top to the sander.

If you had a project that requires the full height of the spindle sander, just remove the top as needed.
These are the type of hold-down clamps I have in mind…

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#2 posted 03-03-2016 02:32 AM

I made the above idea for a friend and he loves it. Instead of clamps used cleats that pushed in and held themselves in place with friction. Been about 4 years ago I made that.

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#3 posted 03-03-2016 10:57 PM

Porter Cable used to make a hand held oscillating spindle sander. I found one on Ebay a few years ago. Though I don’t use it often, it’s nice when you have work that’s too big to wrestle around on a table. It uses standard sizes of sanding sleeves—in fact I borrow them from my Ridgid spindle/belt sander when needed.

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