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    Spindle Sander Risers

    I enjoy having a tall spindle sander but, often what I am sanding is not that tall.
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    To even out wear on the sleeve, you have probably seen a variation of this . . . I knew I kept the material from that cheap-o stereo cabinet for something. I was able to get four panels out of the scrap. Three about the size of the spindle sander table.

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    I mark the outline of the table top and drill for dowels. A protruding dowel in each corner will engage the layer below so I can stack the identical pieces for varying height. I mark the "front while they are still taped together in case my measurements aren't perfect and the holes only line up one way . I then glue dowels in that protrude enough to catch the layer below but, not so much as to run into the dowels that are in that lower layer's holes.

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    The fourth piece is larger. I place two dowels at opposing corners to catch the table top and hold the whole rig in place. I have an early morning and so will finish up tomorrow but, I'm pretty sure you get the idea .

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    Depending on the thickness of what I'm sanding (or where my sleeve is most worn) I can add or remove layers to change the elevation and therefor the part of the sleeve that is used.
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    Good idea! The sub table for the risers to sit on is key.

    I end up using some of the top area free styling for spoon curves and similar, in that case I sort of wish this sander had a non-oscillating option as well. The school I went to in grade 8/9 had a massive cast iron spindle/disc sander that I wish I could remember the make of, the only other similar setup I've found is the Oliver #34 combo (which it might have been, around the right era anyway).

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    I have a question Glenn, can't you just remove the sanding sleeve and put it up side down? I'm not familiar with them as here I still have to find place where they sell them. Usually I use my drill press, but obviously it doesn't oscillate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni Ciuraneta View Post
    I have a question Glenn, can't you just remove the sanding sleeve and put it up side down? I'm not familiar with them as here I still have to find place where they sell them. Usually I use my drill press, but obviously it doesn't oscillate.
    Yes, this can be done. The sleeves are 6" tall so even with flipping them I often have a couple inches that rarely get touched ;-)
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