I'd like to get a sander for some rough and ready operations like
shortening tenons, leveling table legs, crude roundovers, etc. Grizzly
has a 12" disc sander that I can get delivered for $135 and I saw a
Delta at Rockler for $170. I've also heard of there being an attachment
for a table saw, but I've never seen one. I suppose a belt sander would
be nice too, but I have serious doubts about how much I would really use
it. Any opinions, experience or idle conjecture appreciated.
I had a spare motor and some plywood, so built a 12" disk sander as
shown in Fred Bingham's book, "Practical Yacht Joinery".
If you had to buy a motor, switch, plywood, disc plate, etc to make one,
$150 for an off the shelf unit starts looking pretty good.
As a boat builder, I'd be lost without one.
Have fun shopping.
They're as good as their table. If you have a tinny table on stamped arcs,
you've nothing but frustration for your effort. Started cheap, bought
twice, myself. Wouldn't recommend anything smaller than 12 with cast and
The attachment for the tablesaw is just a disc in place of your blade. PITA
for a trim here and there.
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