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Spindle Sander Jointer

Photo An oscillating spindle sander is a great help for smoothing contours. But I came up with a way to use mine to “joint” or smooth the edge of a straight workpiece. The simple key is a jointing fence.

Drawing The fence is nothing more than a straight board with a U-shaped cutout that allows it to fit around the sanding drum. I cut 1/32″ off the the ‘infeed’ side of the fence to create the jointing offset, as shown in detail ‘a.’

To put the fence to work, you clamp it to the top of the sander so the outfeed edge is flush with the sanding drum. Then you just turn the sander on and slowly feed the workpiece past the drum (photo above).

Good Woodworking,

Ted Raife
Online Editor, Woodsmith

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