A Tuned-Up Sander
I just got a 1-in. by 30-in. Delta sander and decided to correct several problems. The first is the sanding dust that rushes out of the top straight into my face. I solved that with an inexpensive clear-plastic food container that is easily trimmed to size and mounted using the cover-lock knob on the top. Next, the sander’s four rubber feet don’t prevent it from moving on my workbench if I accidentally bump it. My solution was to undo the feet and use #10-32 machine screws to remount them and the sander on a 12-in.-sq. piece of plywood. After going through the plywood, the feet, and the sander’s frame, the screws are then secured with nuts and washers. A small strip of wood under the front edge of the plywood registers the sander on the front edge of the workbench while in use or on the front of the shelf when in storage. The plywood can be clamped to the bench for additional stability. Finally, the shop-vacuum hose is quickly snapped into a spring-steel clamp permanently mounted on the plywood.
Robert S. Hall, Scarborough, ME