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Buyer's guide to random orbit disc sanders. Sixteen models compared.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #22 Sep-Oct 1991 pg. 30
Added Info AMERICAN WOODWORKER #25 Mar-Apr 1992 pg. 4

Use a disc sander and a portable electric drill to speed up the process of rounding the end of a turned finial.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #26 May-Jun 1992 pg. 12

Convert a lathe to a disc sander with this simple tilting table.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #26 May-Jun 1992 pg. 52

Tip on slowing down the speed of some imported direct-drive combination disc/belt sanders.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #27 Jul-Aug 1992 pg. 4

Use double-sided tape attached to a larger scrap block when sanding thin stock on a disk or belt sander.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #27 Jul-Aug 1992 pg. 12

Buyer's guide to random-orbit sanders. Looks at both electric and pneumatic models.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #39 Jul-Aug 1994 pg. 31

Buyer's guide to random-orbit sanders.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #41 1995 Tool Buyer's Guide pg. 64

Buyer's guide to combination belt/disc sanders.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #41 1995 Tool Buyer's Guide pg. 86

Buyer's guide to random-orbit sanders.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #48 1996 Tool Buyer's Guide pg. 68

Buyer's guide to combination 6"x48" belt and disc sanders.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #48 1996 Tool Buyer's Guide pg. 98

Buyer's guide to bench top and floor model combination 6"x48" belt-disc sander.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #55 1997 Tool Buyer's Guide pg. 86

Buyer's guide to right-angle, in-line, palm-grip and pneumatic random-orbit sanders.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #55 1997 Tool Buyer's Guide pg. 96

Buyer's guide to 6"x48" combination belt-disc sanders.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #62 1998 Tool Buyer's Guide pg. 56

Buyer's guide to random-orbit sanders.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #62 1998 Tool Buyer's Guide pg. 108

Tip tells how to make a small detail sander from a valve stem and self-adhesive abrasive disk that can be chucked into a drill.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #64 Feb 1998 pg. 32

Buyer's guide to stationary belt-disc sanders.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #69 1999 Tool Buyer's Guide pg. 62

Shop test of random orbit sanders.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #75 Oct 1999 pg. 66

Annual buyer's guide to combination belt/disc sanders.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #76 Fall-Winter 1999 pg. 41

Annual buyer's guide to random-orbit sanders.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #76 Fall-Winter 1999 pg. 108

How to buy a portable sander. (1) Random-orbit sander. (2) Belt sander.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #90 Nov 2001 pg. 85

Make a stationary disk sander by attaching a wooden disk to a face plate and installing on the outboard spindle of a lathe. Add a tilting table (made out of wood) equipped with a miter gauge slot to complete the unit.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Nov 1980 (v.4#2) pg. 6

Shop-built belt sander and disk sander combination features a built-in dust collector.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Nov 1985 (v.9#2) pg. 32

Build a simple disc sander from an old appliance motor and some scrap wood.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Mar 1988 (v.11#6) pg. 12

Put your lathe to work as a 12" disc sander with this shop-built attachment which includes an adjustable support table and a vacuum box to collect sawdust.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Dec 1994 (v.18#3) pg. 11

Random orbit sanders. A user test of seven top brands.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Apr 1995 (v.18#7) pg. 51

A guide to using random orbital sanders and tips on selecting one.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #340 Jul-Aug 1993 (v.43#7) pg. 16

Tip on using your table saw as a stationary disk sander.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #72 Feb-Mar 1992 pg. 28

Random-orbit sanders. A survey of scratchless sanders that mimic the motion of the hand. Looks at right-angle, pistol-grip, and palm-grip styles plus air driven sanders.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #77 Oct-Nov 1992 pg. 68

Homemade combination machine. (1) 12" table saw. (2) Horizontal mortiser/drill/disk sander. (3) Vertical shaper/router. Uses only 2 mandrels and one motor. Framework is built entirely from wood.
FINE WOODWORKING #20 Jan-Feb 1980 pg. 36

Making your own woodworking machines and accessories. Tips on design and construction. Detailed look at a "drawing board" sander suitable for spindle-sanding and foamback-disc and drum sanding.
FINE WOODWORKING #21 Mar-Apr 1980 pg. 43

Shop-built disk sander features 2 large (16") disks powered by a 3/4-hp motor. Plywood cabinet features tilting table and dust collection system. Both sides of the disks are used to allow 4 different sanding grits. Est. cost: $176 + motor.
FINE WOODWORKING #23 Jul-Aug 1980 pg. 68

Tip: Make it easy to reverse the rotation of disk sanders and other belt driven tools by mounting the motor at right angles to the shaft it drives. Then, a quarter-turn of the belt will reverse rotation.
FINE WOODWORKING #24 Sep-Oct 1980 pg. 22

Tip: Make small sanding discs from automobile tire valve stems.
FINE WOODWORKING #32 Jan-Feb 1982 pg. 16

How to use a wood lathe equipped with a sanding disc to produce a perfectly round tabletop.
FINE WOODWORKING #32 Jan-Feb 1982 pg. 18

Boss spinner, a jig which is used with a disc sander to make wooden discs of varying diameters and thicknesses. Two designs shown.
FINE WOODWORKING #34 May-Jun 1982 pg. 20, 22

Tip: Make a really good disk sander from an old flat-sided, fine-tooth circular saw blade.
FINE WOODWORKING #38 Jan-Feb 1983 pg. 22

Disk sander sculpts turnings. A way to cut spirals on the outside of bowls without an ornamental lathe. Uses freehand-carving on the edge of a disc sander.
FINE WOODWORKING #43 Nov-Dec 1983 pg. 66

Cone-shaped jointer disc for a table saw. Wooden disc is covered with sandpaper and installed on table saw's arbor.
FINE WOODWORKING #50 Jan-Feb 1985 pg. 10

Pattern sanding on a disc sander. Small ovals are mass produced using a pattern and a guide fence.
FINE WOODWORKING #62 Jan-Feb 1987 pg. 8

Shop-built disc sander. Features a tilting disc, reversible motor and straightforward construction.
FINE WOODWORKING #63 Mar-Apr 1987 pg. 47

An engine valve makes an excellent spot sander when chucked in a drill press.
FINE WOODWORKING #70 May-Jun 1988 pg. 10
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #71 Jul-Aug 1988 pg. 4

Shop made sanding discs allow high-speed finishing without swirl marks.
FINE WOODWORKING #82 May-Jun 1990 pg. 65

Adding a shop built 12" sanding disk and adjustable table to the backside (drive pulley) of a 14" Delta band saw.
FINE WOODWORKING #89 Jul-Aug 1991 pg. 71

Random-orbit disk sanders. A buyer's guide to 18 different models, plus tips on disk selection, dust collection, and conversion of a right-angle grinder into a sander.
FINE WOODWORKING #92 Jan-Feb 1992 pg. 46
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #94 May-Jun 1992 pg. 4
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #95 Jul-Aug 1992 pg. 4

Upgrading a combination belt/disk stationary sander to improve belt tracking and dust collection.
FINE WOODWORKING #94 May-Jun 1992 pg. 42

Quick-change disk sander. Build a simple disk sander consisting of a 1725-RPM motor, round aluminum plate, and interchangeable sanding disks (with various grades of abrasive) which quickly attach to the plate using three screws.
FINE WOODWORKING #97 Nov-Dec 1992 pg. 14

Random-orbit sanders. A guide to the selection and use of both electric and air-powered models.
FINE WOODWORKING #101 Jul-Aug 1993 pg. 43
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #104 Jan-Feb 1994 pg. 10

Technique for squaring the table on a stationary disc sander.
FINE WOODWORKING #117 Mar-Apr 1996 pg. 18

The spin on random orbit sanders. A look at recent innovations and a buyer's guide to palm sanders, pistol-grip sanders, right-angle sanders, air-powered sanders, and their associated vacuum systems.
FINE WOODWORKING #132 Sep-Oct 1998 pg. 58

Sanding concave surfaces with a random-orbit sander requires the use of a supplementary neoprene foam pad.
FINE WOODWORKING #135 Mar-Apr 1999 pg. 16

A homeowner's guide to buying and using random-orbit sanders.
HOME MECHANIX #803 Mar 1996 (v.92) pg. 45

Shop-tool basics. Part 6. Narrow-belt and wide-belt sanders and disc sanders. Selecting abrasives, belt tracking, etc.
HOMEOWNER Oct 1986 (v.11#8) pg. 69

Combination belt and disk sanders. Includes jigs for uniform sanding of several identical pieces.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #469 Jun 1967 (v.63) pg. 96

Basic techniques for using stationary belt and disk sanders.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #527 Apr 1972 (v.68) pg. 126

Build a miniature battery-powered disk sander for model making.
MODEL AVIATION May 1991 (v.17#5) pg. 41

Cycle power. Part 3. Convert an old lawnmower engine into a combination jigsaw and disk sander which is powered by a bicycle gear.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #69 May-Jun 1981 pg. 149

Electric drill drives this narrow-belt sander/disk sander combination.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1964 (v.121#1) pg. 193

Sanding jig for disk sander to make perfect circles.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1964 (v.121#4) pg. 174

Use a metal-turning lathe as a disc sander with this accessory sander table which fits on compound rest.
POPULAR MECHANICS Dec 1966 (v.126#6) pg. 172

Add a sander table to the shop built faceplate lathe from the November 1970 issue.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1971 (v.136#1) pg. 143

Make a handy disk sander using a salvaged 1/3 or 1/2 hp motor and a homebuilt stand with a pivoting table.
POPULAR MECHANICS Dec 1971 (v.136#6) pg. 172

Wooden jig which fits into the miter gauge slot of both a band saw and a stationary disk sander is used to rough cut and finish perfect wooden disks up to 16" in diameter. Jig has built in scale and pivot point.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1976 (v.145#1) pg. 104

Build a combination disk and drum sander. Constructed mostly of wood, it features a removable tilting table for the disk sander. One motor drives both disc and drum.
POPULAR MECHANICS Oct 1980 (v.154#4) pg. 29

Accessory sanding table for use with the sanding disc found on the Dremel Moto Shop jigsaw/sander.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1982 (v.158#2) pg. 88

Great woodworking jigs for your shop. Part 2. (1) Lathe semaphore jig to help when making repetitive (duplicate) turnings. (2) Lathe steady rest for thin, wobbly stock. (3) Drum and disk sanding on a lathe.
POPULAR MECHANICS Dec 1983 (v.160#6) pg. 106

Supersander. An inside-outside look at the most versatile sanding machine you can buy, the Delta 6"x48" belt sander and 12" disc sander combination. Includes tips on adjustments, shop-built jigs, and uses.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1986 (v.163#1) pg. 104

Sander secrets. Smoothing rough spots with four portable power sanders. Tips on selecting and using the belt sander, palm sander, finishing sander and disc sander.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1989 (v.166#7) pg. 85

Disk sander for drill made from a suction cup.
POPULAR SCIENCE Mar 1963 (v.182#3) pg. 111

Portable disc sander-polishers. How to buy and use them. Includes plan for table for stationary mounting.
POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1970 (v.197#4) pg. 80

Make a conical disk for scratch-free edge sanding on a table saw.
POPULAR SCIENCE Dec 1970 (v.197#6) pg. 99

Jointing on a 12" disc sander. Includes instructions for building adjustable in-feed and out-feed extensions.
POPULAR SCIENCE Dec 1983 (v.223#6) pg. 130

Use your table saw as a disk sander by making a sanding disk from good quality plywood.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #57 Nov 1990 (v.10#3) pg. 8

Disc sander/grinder. Two-in-one power tool combines a 10" sanding disc with a 6" grinding wheel. Both are powered by the same electric motor. The case and stand are constructed of plywood and features a tilting table for the sander.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #63 Nov 1991 (v.11#3) pg. 33, Insert

Making and using table saw mounted sanding discs. Some tips.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #77 Mar 1994 (v.13#5) pg. 8

Disk sander attachment for the SM belt sander.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS #217 May 1963 (v.34#5) pg. 96

Random-orbit sanders. Tips on selection and use.
SHOPNOTES #11 Sep 1993 (v.2) pg. 8

Build a professional-quality stationary 12" disk sander with an adjustable table and vacuum pickup.
SHOPNOTES #12 Nov 1993 (v.2) pg. 16
Added Info SHOPNOTES #17 Sep 1994 (v.3) pg. 28

Tip: Make a disc sander from an aluminum disc and an old washing machine motor.
SPORT AVIATION Sep 1988 (v.37#9) pg. 29

Build the "amazing" 8-speed multi-machine. Use it to disk-sand, drum-sand, and sharpen. Part 1.
WOOD MAGAZINE #9 Feb 1986 (v.3#1) pg. 40
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #11 Jun 1986 (v.3#3) pg. 8

Tip: Convert your lathe into a disk sander with the addition of a simple auxiliary table.
WOOD MAGAZINE #10 Apr 1986 (v.3#2) pg. 54

Build the "amazing" 8-speed multi-machine. Use it to disk-sand, drum-sand, and sharpen. Part 2. Accessories. (1) Vertical-table drum sander. (2) Wet-sharpening wheel. (3) Drill-chuck attachment. (4) Grinding wheel and guard.
WOOD MAGAZINE #10 Apr 1986 (v.3#2) pg. 64

Tip on using your table saw as a stationary disc sander.
WOOD MAGAZINE #38 Oct 1990 (v.7#6) pg. 22

Random-orbit sanders. A purchasing guide and shop tests of 13 models.
WOOD MAGAZINE #59 Feb 1993 (v.10#2) pg. 42
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #70 Jun 1994 (v.11#4) pg. 9

Buyer's guide to random-orbit disk sanders. Nineteen models are listed.
WOOD MAGAZINE #73 Oct 1994 (v.11#7) pg. 64

Tip on using your lathe as a stationary disc sander by adding a 10" disc and 14"x14" plywood table.
WOOD MAGAZINE #90 Sep 1996 (v.13#6) pg. 27

Random-obit sanders. How they work, what features to look for, and which models perform best.
WOOD MAGAZINE #90 Sep 1996 (v.13#6) pg. 50

Belt/disc sanders under $600. Shop tests of five combination sanders and a guide to features to consider when buying one.
WOOD MAGAZINE #109 Nov 1998 (v.15#7) pg. 60

Random-orbit sanders. Tool test of 12 models with 5" diameter pads.
WOOD MAGAZINE #123 Apr 2000 (v.17#3) pg. 74

Random-orbit sanders. A user test of thirteen models.
WOOD MAGAZINE #145 Nov 2002 (v.19#7) pg. 64

An interview with Dudley Davidson who has learned the secret of sanding wooden boats using a disk sander.
WOODENBOAT #39 Mar-Apr 1981 pg. 50

Jig for sanding the edge of a wood circle using a sanding disk and a radial arm saw.
WOODSMITH #11 Sep 1980 pg. 12

Tip: Make circular sanding disks for sanding the bottom of blind holes. Made from sandpaper, veneer and dowel.
WOODSMITH #13 Jan 1981 pg. 3

Tip: Use valves from gasoline engines as disk sanding pads.
WOODSMITH #15 May 1981 pg. 3

Tip: Use dental sanding disks and mandrel for small sanding jobs.
WOODSMITH #15 May 1981 pg. 3

Disc sander jig to clean and dress toy wheels that are cut with a hole saw.
WOODSMITH #41 Sep-Oct 1985 pg. 3

Tip on making padded sanding discs for use on a lathe.
WOODTURNING #15 Jul-Aug 1993 pg. 73

Tip on making a Velcro-backed sanding disc.
WOODTURNING #28 Dec 1994-Jan 1995 pg. 72

Tips on making a sanding drum and sanding disc for use on a lathe.
WOODWORK #31 Feb 1995 pg. 20

Simple disc-sanding table with micro-adjustment for a lathe equipped with a sanding disc. Use it to achieve "perfect" joints when using coopering to prepare turning blanks.
WOODWORKER #1109 Apr 1986 (v.90#4) pg. 347

Disk sander features two disks, a fixed and an adjustable table, and a motor salvaged from a washing machine.
WOODWORKER Feb 1990 (v.94#2) pg. 136

Get more from your lathe with simple jigs. Part 1. Disc sander, sanding table (with sawdust collector), and miter gauge.
WOODWORKER Oct 1994 (v.98#10) pg. 86

A sander for large surfaces. Tips on using 8" self-sticking sanding disks and a sander/polisher machine (as used in automobile body shops) to sand large, flat surfaces.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1988 (v.12#6) pg. 23

Shop-built 8" disk sander uses a small electric motor of 1/3 to 1/2 horsepower. Tabletop base, motor support and adjustable work table are built of wood.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1989 (v.13#1) pg. 31
Added Info WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL May-Jun 1989 (v.13#3) pg. 7

Tip suggests adhering small pads cut from pressure-sensitive adhesive sandpaper to a wood work piece for better control when working against a stationary disc sander.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1997 (v.21#4) pg. 8

Build a miniature disk sander for hobby work. Unit is 7"x7"x8" wide and is powered by a small electric motor, such as one used on a small fan. Sanding face is 4" in diameter.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1972 (v.28#4) pg. 37

Combination disk & drum sander is built from scrap parts. Equip a 1/3 or 1/2-hp double-end shaft motor with a disk on one end and a drum on the other. Then add adjustable tables.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1981 (v.37#2) pg. 22

Auxiliary table converts a lathe into a disc sander.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1984 (v.40#2) pg. 26

Tip: Jig for sanding curved work and disks on a stationary disc sander.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1985 (v.41#3) pg. 34