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Re: Disc sander- homemade?
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Disc sander- homemade? ()

Derek Cohen (in Perth, Australia)
Tom, I will be the dessenting voice: it is not worth the effort.

I have had a small 6" x 9" combo disk/belt sander for at least 15 years.

For many years I used the 9" diameter disk sander to shape end grain. The 6" belt sander was largely unused. One day, out of curiosity, I raised the belt vertically and added a horizontal platform in front of it. This was so much better as a sanding tool. With the disk sander, you get uneven scratches, plus the speeds are uneven across the face. With the belt, the scratches are uniform and vertical. Control is so much better.

Forget a disk sander and, if you insist on building something, create a vertical belt sander instead.

Regards from Perth


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