Just in case anyone was wondering whether building a fixture to mount
a 1/4 sheet sander at a right angle to a table to sand edges and small
parts was a good idea, it is not. Clamped down good and solid to my
bench, which is not exactly light, it does a particularly effective
job of vibrating absolutely everything right off the bench. Chisels
are no problem at all, and it was working real hard on the #5-1/2
plane and would have succeeded if I'd given it another minute or two.
So at least as a bench cleaning device it comes highly recommended.
Wear hearing protection.
I actually did that quite some time ago, but I bring it up now to
remind myself as I consider another contraption (a large diameter
Why not go All In and make a LONG belt sander - with
rounded ends - two different diameters, and changeable
- like the one Michael Colca made.
(top half of this page)
That's a great idea, however I already have an edge sander, and all
the parts I'd need for the spindle sander on hand except a larger
pulley to keep the FPM at the edge sane and a roll of 6" wide
sandpaper. And I should be able to throw it together in a weekend and
borrow a motor from another machine to see if it works. I have a
spindle sander, the largest drum it can take is 3" and I am just
curious how much better/easier it would be to work on shallow curves
with say a 10-12" drum.
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