AUXILIARY SANDING TABLES

A SANDING TABLE FOR THE DRILL PRESS

Hole for sanding drum 3 V&" diameter

AUXILIARY SANDING TABLES

 

AUXILIARY SANDING TABLES

Making the jig

Sanding drums larger than % inch in diameter are too large to fit through the hole in most drill press tables. To make full use of the sanding surface of larger drums, build a table like the one shown above. Use a coping saw, a saber saw, or an electric
drill fitted with a hole saw to cut a hole in the plywood top, cen­tering the opening 3 inches from the back of the table. Screw the L-shaped base pieces together from l-by-3 and 2-by-2 stock (above, right), then glue them to the table.

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AUXILIARY SANDING TABLES Sanding curved stock

Clamp the jig base to the drill press table with the hole directly underneath the drum. Adjust the table height to bring the bottom of the sanding sleeve level with the jig. Holding the workpiece firmly, feed it at a uniform speed in a direction opposite the rotation of the sanding drum (right). To avoid burning or gouging the workpiece, feed it with a smooth, contin­uous motion. As segments of the sanding sleeve wear out, raise the drill press table to bring a fresh surface to bear.

A RADIAL-ARM-SAW SANDING TABLE

AUXILIARY SANDING TABLES1 Building the table

AUXILIARY SANDING TABLES

AUXILIARY SANDING TABLES

Подпись: Smoothing thin stock Install a sanding drum in your saw following the manufac-turer’s instructions. Slip the jig fence between the front and rear tables of the saw, positioning the opening in the base directly below the drum, then tighten the table clamps to secure the jig in place. Lower the drum so it is just below the top of the jig table; position the drum so the distance between it and the jig fence is slightly less than the thickness of the stock you will be
Подпись: sanding. Turn on the saw and feed the stock slowly and con-tinuously from left to right—against the rotation of the drum —between the fence and sanding drum (above). (Clamping a featherboard to the jig table to press the stock against the fence can also help prevent gouging.) For each successive pass, reduce the gap between the fence and sanding drum by no more than Me inch.

The simple jig shown at right will en­able you to sand thin stock on your radial arm saw. Cut the table and fence from %-inch plywood, sizing the pieces to fit your saw. Cut a slot out of one edge of the table large enough to accommodate the sanding drum you will use and allow you to shift the drum forward and back for dif­ferent sized stock. Rout a %-inch-wide groove along the length of the fence, leav­ing % inch of stock below the channel to slip into the saw table’s fence slot. Insert the slotted edge of the table into the groove in the fence and screw the two pieces together.