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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Woodworking Tip of The Week - Sander Stand

My random-orbit sander sees a lot of use. But I always found it annoying that I couldn't just set it down on the bench after turning it off. I would end up wasting time holding the sander while the pad stopped spinning. Finally, I decided to take the bull by the horns and find a solution.

As you can see from the drawing below, what I came up with is pretty simple but also pretty effective. It's just a stand made from scraps of plywood that I can "drop" the sander into once I turn it off.

The key to the stand is the top plate with its two "fingers" that wrap around the sander to suspend it above the base. You'll need to "custom-size" this piece to fit your particular sander. And then just make sure that the stand is tall enough to hold the sander above the base.

Now when you have your sander in hand, you'll be getting the job done, not cooling your heels.

Good Woodworking,

Ted Raife
Editor, Woodsmith

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  1. Sweet man, I'm off to see if they have any other tips for my router table. I don't have a random orbit sander, I have one of those vibrating ones. By the way, I got a table saw tonight, I'll have to blog about it tomorrow. It's small but works enought for me.

  2. Ethan,

    I think they do, you just have to mosy around the site and see what you can Find...

    hey congrats on the Table Saw also... I'm sure it will help you LOTS once you get around to makeing your own Seats, i fyou are goning to!.