Making homemade disc sander drill powered

Make a DIY disc sander with a horizontal drill stand

If you follow my woodworking and diy blog and my YouTube channel you will have already seen my drill lathe in disc sander mode. The thing is that I recently found in the workshop an horizontal drill stand that I bought some time ago, and I thought it would be easy to make a diy disc sander with the drill and a hook and loop sanding pad attachment for drill. And I’m just going to use some scrap wood from the workshop and the Velcro sanding pad attachment for drill.

Now I also have made a homemade disc sander with a larger sanding disc, but it’s easier to make a wood sander with the help of an horizontal drill stand, as we see in this post.

Fit and screw the horizontal drill stand to a piece of wood.

The horizontal drill stand that I use to make the diy disc sander allows several turns to adjust its position, so to keep the drill from being too high I turn it to 90 degrees.

Fit the piece of wood into the horizontal drill stand.

And I screw the horizontal drill stand to a wide piece of wood that is just the right thickness, which I made by gluing and screwing two pieces of wood strips together.

Support for the work table of the diy disc sander

I screwed this piece of wood, with the horizontal drill stand, next to the corner of a piece of mdf board that will be the base for this drill powered diy disc sander. The advantage of this mdf board is that it is long enough to screw the support for the work table on it. Remember that I am using scrap wood, so it was great to find this piece of mdf board in the scrap bin in my woodworking shop. The wooden support for the work tabletop is nothing more than a pair of strips screwed onto some pieces of plywood that allow to give the desired height to the piece of board that I will use as a work table.

To finish making the diy disc sander I have to install the drill with the Velcro sanding pad attachment, I put a hook and loop sanding disc on the pad, and I screw the piece of board that I will use as a worktable. But then I realized that to tighten the neck of the drill I needed a slightly longer bolt than the one that comes with the horizontal drill stand, since the neck of this drill is a little wide for this horizontal drill stand. And I also had to screw in some wooden blocks to adjust the position of the drill and level it so that the Velcro sanding pad for hook and loop sandpaper discs is parallel to the edge of the work table and it is at 90 degrees to its surface. And now I can already use this simple drill powered diy disc sander. Well, I just have to remember to turn off the hammer function of the drill.

Scroll to Top