Sunday, January 4, 2015

Making Spindle sanders for the drill press

I don't have a spindle sander so I thought I would try make some sanders for my drill press. I do use my belt sander and benchtop sander and  use the round edge a lot.

The ones I made here are 1", 1 1/4" and 2". 

With my hole saw I drill into a 2x4 and make some  drums. I  cut three and  stack and glue them onto a 6" x 5/16 Carriage bolt. I put on a washer and a nut. The nut shouhd be tight but not over tightened since it will crack the wood.


  To make sure everything is square I use a piece  of plywood  and some sandpaper.  The drill press column and table are used as  guides for squareness and I can  apply pressure to get a nice smooth finish.


To double check the spindle I use a dial test indicator mounted on my table top  to make sure there is no wobble.

 A paper cutter is used to cut strips of sand paper to fit the cylinders.

 I tested a few different types of glues and settled with Elmers Spray Adhesive. Still not quite happy with it but it will do for now.

The sandpaper is spiral wrapped around the cylinders and held together with some elastics.



The large one works the best and I am sure I will be using the others soon.  Although it does not oscillate I find it very useful in the shop and it was a fun and easy build.

See also:                                                                                       
Making large dowels with belt sander                                           Making dowels with belt sander    



Circle cutting jig                                                                      Dowel splicing


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  1. I have read your post. Thank's for sharing Spindle sanders for the drill press. Most informative. Thx! , Super! Thanks especially for the video!

    1. Thanks, they work great, I still use them all the time.

  2. I have read your article post. Thank's for tips sharing. Informative and interesting which we share with you so i think so it is very useful and knowledgeable. I would like to thank you for the efforts. I am tiring the same best work from me in the future as well.

  3. Some sort of belt sander can be a variety of machine which is useful for sanding wood, ply, and several different materials. That contains a pair of parallel cylindrical drums and also a belt which is applied with regards to sanding tough floors. Your side or orbital hold sander provides a smoother finish.

  4. This kind of sander works better than others. But usually, the making of this tool takes much time. Thanks for this useful post!

  5. I feel exciting when reading your article. Even, the article guides pretty detail. Does it take much time to do this tool? But, i will try! Thanks the author!

    1. I am glad you like the article, building any tool takes lots of time.