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Table Saw Disc Sander?

I was hoping to get some insight and possibly some opinions from you guys...

I have a Delta 36-725 TS and lately I've been contemplating either buying the Disc Sander kit or possibly making one myself. Has anyone used or made something like this? If so, what did you think?

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post #2 of 11 Old 04-13-2016, 05:04 PM
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It would work but the rpm of the table saw is too fast. The paper would wear out quicker and burn the wood if you aren't careful.
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I dont think id want to for fear of messing up the bearings. Its probably an unfounded fear, but at the same time the load on a table saw is meant to be radial, whereas a sanding would create an axial load. If you kept the sanding touch light as it really should be, id imagine that the sanding disc would be no more damaging than cutting a cove on the saw, but still, id rather just have a separate sander. Disk sanders really arent too expensive to find, and are also pretty easy to make

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I have a Craftsman one for my Craftsman saw. It does work, but I have used it very little. Just have seen very little need for it.

I also have a dedicated disc/belt sander that I use very little. I have it just for those few times that I really need it.

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I used one when I first started woodworking on my first Delta table saw.
It was scary spinning at that speed. If not super careful, you will burn the wood.
I made a 10" disc sander I used on my lathe and that worked like a charm.

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As Steve said it really runs too fast, why not just make one:
http://benchnotes.com/DISK%20SANDER%20/Disk_Sander.html

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I bought one from sears maybe 25-30 years ago for my saw. I used it a little but got tired of taking it on and off so I haven't use it in may years.
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Just to add to the concerns of others, I wouldn't want to introduce any abrasive throw off from the sand paper discs into the saw works.
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I got the metal disk and sanding disks from Woodcraft. The disk has PSA and I've never had any issues with it. Works great but a pain to change the blade and sanding disk. I haven't had any trouble with it- just put very light pressure on the disk. Don't need a lot to sand. I did make a sanding "table" for my lathe. I have an old 6 in. faceplate that takes a 6 in. sanding disk.

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I made a 12" disk for my lathe, and run it between 300 and 500 rpm.
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Here is a pic of my sanding table on my lathe. I dont really remember if it was 10" or 12".

It's been several years since I used it last. All I remember is that is was made based on the largest sanding disks that I could buy locally. Harbor Freight was only 10 minutes away. Not the best quality thats for sure, but they were handy when I was building the table.
My table saw miter gage fit into the slot and helped a lot with control of the work. The variable speed of the lathe makles a big difference in performance.
Total on/off the lathe time was probably under 2 minutes. I thought I had take more photos of the mounting details, but cant seem to find them.
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