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Forum topic by JackDuren posted 02-09-2020 03:47 PM 455 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-09-2020 03:47 PM

Would like to make one on the cheap. Any secrets you share? Thx…


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#1 posted 02-09-2020 03:50 PM

I doubt you’ll make one cheaper than a harbor freight or wen can be bought.

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#2 posted 02-09-2020 04:13 PM

Ditto on what Grant said but Izzy Swan made a simple Oscillating spindle sander a few years ago that might be worth a look. I seem to recall seeing some that use a windshield wiper motor to make it oscillate as well.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#3 posted 02-09-2020 04:13 PM

Concerned the cheaper units will just breal down…

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#4 posted 02-09-2020 04:28 PM

The portable Wen has a two year warranty. I may just buy it and mount to a table top…

I may do a crafts setup at the drive in this summer and needed something sand fast radius crafts. Thx..

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#5 posted 02-09-2020 04:32 PM

A simple oscillating sander may not be the best choice. The back-&-forth motion may cut grooves. Consider a random orbit sander instead.

-- Phil Allin - There are woodworkers and people who collect woodworking tools. The woodworkers have a chair to sit on that they made.

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#6 posted 02-09-2020 04:54 PM

I’m guessing the OP is talking about inside radii.

The portable OSS probably has a universal motor (noisy). The benchtop OSS usually has an induction motors (quiet).

The ideal sander is fast enough to get the job done quickly, and slow enough to keep you out of trouble…

Usually made of unobtainium.

-- Andy - Arlington TX

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#7 posted 02-09-2020 05:15 PM

I have plenty of sanders for outside radius. The small onside radius I nĂ©ed the spindle sander for…

I may just build a box with dc and use the drill press for now.

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#8 posted 02-09-2020 05:23 PM

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#9 posted 02-09-2020 05:28 PM

I’ve been trying to sell or trade my Kreg clamps to buy a ridgid or clayton but no deals I’m will to give clamps away on.

I thought I would buy the ridgid if I could find an older Clayton. But only as a last resort…

I’m aware of what’s out there…thx

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#10 posted 02-09-2020 05:32 PM

Shopnotes issue 127 has a really simple box for DC for using the drill press. In the same article, they rigged up a foot pedal that uses a pulley and some rope or cable to move the spindle up and down. Kind of a funny idea but it might actually work.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#11 posted 02-09-2020 05:34 PM

My Delta edge sander has an adapter on the end roller that accepts different size spindles, although it doesn’t oscillate. May be a quick/easy edition for your edge sander.
You can see it in this google image.

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#12 posted 02-09-2020 05:55 PM

The Grizzly didn’t offer that. But thx…

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#13 posted 02-09-2020 06:12 PM


The Grizzly didn t offer that. But thx…

- JackDuren


I get that.
I just thought since you were talking about building your own, that it may have been an idea for you to retrofit what you have.

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#14 posted 02-09-2020 06:22 PM

I’ll take a look at it . Might work but not without a lot of thinking.

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#15 posted 02-10-2020 01:24 AM

I just made a quick box for the drill press till I can get the oscillating sander…

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