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    What's up with the Spindle sander shape

    I just bought this "Performax" oscillating spindle sander from a guy on Craigslist. It's in like new condition with all the spindles and inserts.
    It runs well and seems to do a good job however I have to ask........why are they shaped like this. I've looked at many different brands and the tabletop is shaped like this on many of them. I tried to sand the corners of my cutting boards and found the front of the table almost useless because it is so small. I feel like I need to turn the unit around to use the back of the table to lay the wood flat, but that puts the on/off switch in the back. So What's up with this design. What am I missing?????
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    I have the HF version, it's shaped just like yours, I do use the back of the table for more support.
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    I have the General International one (identical to the Jet, too) and it has a square table that tilts.
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    I think yours is the model they use to make toilet seats Tom.
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    that's why when i bought a spindle sander, i went with the delta boss....
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    I also looked at getting the Delta "BOSS" sander but when I found this one for $30.00 I thought it was a deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Noren View Post
    that's why when i bought a spindle sander, i went with the delta boss....
    Table size & shape + the motor size is the reason that I purchased the Jet sander 1/2 hp. I looked at both the Delta 1/4 hp & the Ryobi,small Grizzly etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    I think yours is the model they use to make toilet seats Tom.
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    Good question Tom as I was wondering too
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    Could build a little table that fits around it. Make a cutout the shape of the table on the sander fix it so when you need, you slip it in place and clamp it down on the work bench. When you don't need it take it away and hang it on the wall or something. If you like to make jigs, like I do...
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