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Homemade 16" disk sander for my lathe, 2 tools in 1! The sanding disk is made from doubled up 3/4" plywood mounted to a face plate. The table is made from 3/4" plywood too mounted square to the disk. It attached to the lathe bed using 4 bolts at the location where an extension bed usually mounts, although I'll probably try to get away with just 2. Takes me just under 2 minutes to set up and that's without any practice and with my winter fat, should be able to shave that down a few seconds once I get back into my summer shape with a little conditioning.

Notable Tools

- Bandsaw: http://amzn.to/2nzExSG

- Countersink drill bits: http://amzn.to/2mWsUlS

- Lathe tools: http://amzn.to/2nzoSD4

- Miter saw: http://amzn.to/2nzDGRU

- Forstner bit: http://amzn.to/2n9L31B

- Speed square: http://amzn.to/2mWnE1H

- Router: http://amzn.to/2mW6f9m

- Chisel: http://amzn.to/2mHYse1

Notable Materials

- Glue: http://amzn.to/2mWkivf

- Sanding disk: http://amzn.to/2mWnd7c

- 3/4" plywood

- Drywall screws

- Bolts to fit lathe holes

Step 1: Cutting Out the Disks

I start by cutting out the pieces for the disks on my table saw, just over 16" square.

To trace out the circle, I make my own super rudimentary compass by attaching 2 screws in a piece of scrap wood 8" apart and scratch the surface of the wood to make the circle.

Both of these pieces are brought over to the bandsaw to cut them to shape.

I then drill a hole through both circles to aid in alignment later.

To attach these together I use glue and screws, so I draw some lines and measure for even screw alignment because I'm just too anal.

<p>Hi I really enjoyed watching the building of your sander.I am just a starting woodworker.The only comment I have to make is that most of the projects are being build with thousands of dollars of woodworking machines what makes it difficult for guys just starting with just handtools to work with.</p>
<p>Nice build.</p><p>All I am missing is the wood lathe ;-)</p>
<p>Before you build a 16&quot; disc sander, you might want to check the difference between the price of 12&quot; vs 16&quot; disks. Unless you have the money to buy $15 vs $3 each disks.</p><p>Also if you have a way to do it put a very slight convex shape on the sanding disk. And tilt the axis of the disk by the same amount. Much easier to get a flat sanded surface. Believe it or not. Only the part of the sanding disk that is at a right angle to the base plate will be sanding. But since it's turning the whole disc is used. There will also be far less tendency for the piece being sanded to catch and jerk out of you hand. </p>
<p>I love the dust collection. That was a great add on</p>
<p>nice job</p>
<p>great idea though not many people have a lathe of that size </p><p>could do the same thing with a smaller lathe and run the disk of a belt driven by a pulley mounted in the lathes chuck </p><p>can set it up so it sits in front of the lathe or mounted higher on the bedrails itself </p>
<p>Very nice! And a disc sander is such a useful tool.</p>
Thank good job
<p>Yup. That's great. If the motor on your lathe slides along the ways.</p><p>Mine doesn't......Bummer.</p><p>Mike</p>
<p>Heavy duty disc sander I congratulate you on this neat work. The motor on my Shopsmith 5 lathe can barely take a slight load after running it on a 50 cycle power. It's too hard to find a strong motor to fit inside the carriage. Well, that's my problem, someday I'll win.</p>
Nicely done! I built a similar ible a few years back but didnt think about securing the table to the end of the bed.
<p>Love the mic drop</p>
<p>Smart with dust collector!</p>

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