This Do-it-yourself projects category features a collection of DIY free woodworking plans to build workshop sanders and sanding items from woodworker related web sites. The woodworking information found on these sites range in quantity and quality.
When I am sanding small workpieces with a palm sander, I like to use a non-skid sanding mat. The mat holds the pieces in place and leaves me with one less thing to worry about. The only trouble I have is keeping the mat within easy reach. The solution to this problem was simple...
For the longest time, I used a scrap piece of wood for a sanding block. It was simple and did not cost much. But it never worked as well as I would have liked, the sandpaper tended to shift around and tear. Recently, though, I came up with a new sanding block that works really well. Not only is it sized to fit my hand perfectly; it also holds the paper in place using plastic tubing.
Many of the projects I have around the house seem to require sanding into tight places. I finally tired of continuously folding sandpaper to accommodate the situation, and thought there must be a better way. So I made a detail sander out of plywood in my shop.
Standard sandpaper comes in 9 x 11 inch sheets. But this is rarely the size that I need. Most often, I end up dividing a sheet into smaller pieces to fit my sander or a sanding block. For a long time, I made do with simply folding the sandpaper and then tearing it. But this crude method often gave me less than satisfactory results. So I decided to come up with a more reliable way to do the job.
A pneumatic drum sander does a great job of smoothing and shaping all kinds of curved work. My shop-made sander works just like expensive commercial models, but requires only a few dollars worth of materials.
My random-orbit sander sees a lot of use. But I always found it annoying that I could not just set it down on the bench after turning it off. I would end up wasting time holding the sander while the pad stopped spinning. Finally, I decided to take the bull by the horns and find a solution.
An oscillating spindle sander is a great help for smoothing contours. But I came up with a way to use mine to joint or smooth the edge of a straight workpiece. The simple key is a jointing fence.
All you need to build this sandpaper storage organizer is 3/4 and 1/4 inch thick plywood, a jigsaw, sander and glue. Thats it! Build one for your workshop and get your sandpaper discs organized.
by Bob Elliott - This project was inspired by a recent article in Woodturning Design. The handle started out roughly inches square. A 5⁄16 inches hole was drilled at slight angle and then the opposing 5⁄8 inches counter bores to accept the bearings. After drilling was complete, I placed it between centers to round the lower handle to accept the inches plastic tubing. Finished handle length is 8 1/2 inches.
Having the right tool for the job certainly makes a woodworking task easier. Take shaping and smoothing parts, for example. Getting smooth, even curves can be tough to do by hand or with portable sanders. But after building this disk sander, those hassles are a thing of the past. The cutting diagrams and materials list are available to download in this Online Extra.
It is not often you can save time and money, but this heavy-duty, shop-built project will do both. Powered by the motor on your table saw, this machine can quickly sand panels up to 16 inches wide so they are flat and smooth, whether it is a 3 inch-thick workpiece or a strip of veneer only 1/16 inches thick. The cutting diagrams and materials list are available to download in this Online Extra.
My oscillating disc sander has built-in dust collection and it works great, but only when the holes in the sanding disc are aligned with the vacuum holes in the sanders pad. And this simple requirement is not always as easy as it sounds. So rather than rely on a good aim when installing the discs, I put together a simple tool that makes hitting the mark a sure thing.
When cleaning up moldings (like V-grooves or roundovers) with sandpaper, the problem is getting the sandpaper to conform to the moldings profile. So I needed to find a way to hold the sandpaper to match the shape. The nice thing is, you do not need to buy...
The clouds of dust produced by my sanders make sanding my least favorite task when building a project. Thankfully, this mobile sanding station makes the job a lot less messy. The cutting diagrams and materials list are available to download in this Online Extra.
Those little round disks seem to congregate everywhere so I found some scrap paneling and an old piece of PVC and made a two story carousel. I suppose you could put some bearings under it to make it handier to turn, but I usually keep it where I can grab the 60 grit.
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