Spindle Sander Extras | Popular Woodworking Magazine
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My oscillating spindle sander The auxiliary table makes quick work of sanding the edges of short boards and forming perfect circles. Make the table in melamine or covered with laminate and attach it to the table of your sander. Make a fence the same length as the table and drill a hole in one end for a 3/8 “x 6” dowel. Drill a series of 3/8 “ holes in a strip of hardwood and attach it to the back edge of the table.
To smooth the sand, place the board near the sanding drum and adjust the guide so that it touches the opposite side of the board. Remove the board and lock the fence. Push the board along the fence, making sure you go against the rotation of the drum. If you need to remove other material, unlock and rotate the fence. Always make light passes.
To sand the circles, attach a 3/4 “x 1-1 / 2” x 8 “board to the back side of the fence. Drill a hole in this board large enough for a nail through. The nail acts as a pivot point. . Cut your circle on the band saw, then place the cutouts plus a few business cards under the fence to free them. Tap the nail in the center of the piece, move the guide so that the edge of the circle just touches the sanding drum, and are you ready to leave. –Donald W. Arnsmeier
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