Luthier's Friend Sanding Station

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Use your drill press for precise sanding! The Luthier's Friend™ turns your drill press into a simple and precise thickness sander and pattern sander.

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Luthier's Friend Sanding Station Sanding Station only

Sanding Station only

Item # 5660
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Luthier's Friend Sanding Station Sliding vise only

Sliding vise only

Item # 5661
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Luthier's Friend Sanding Station, Sanding Station with sliding vise

Luthier's Friend Sanding Station, Sanding Station with sliding vise

Item # 5659
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Use your drill press for precise sanding! The Luthier's Friend™ turns your drill press into a simple and precise thickness sander and pattern sander.

It's the affordable way to thickness-sand wood up to 2-3/4" tall, and precisely create contoured shapes guided by your shop-made templates. Use it for freehand sanding and for precision work on veneers, bridge blanks, wood bindings, purflings, fingerboards, nuts and saddles.

Replacement abrasive sleeves sold separately.

The Sanding Station is solidly built and very stable. Clamp it to your drill press table, and connect your shop vacuum for dust-free operation. The included Robo-Sander turns on a bearing securely seated in the base of the unit, so it doesn't flex or wobble.

It's compact: simply hang it on the wall out of the way when you're not using it.

We highly recommend the optional Sliding Vise. It's just right for squaring-up small parts such as nuts and saddles. It's made to go with the Sanding Station - for easy indexing, one side of the jaws is 1/4" deep and the other is 1/2" deep. The long base permits a safe feed for thickness-sanding.

The Luthier's Friend Sanding Station includes:
Robo-Sander pattern-sanding drum (2" diameter x 3" tall) with 50-grit abrasive sleeve
Sturdy 10" x 12" x 3/4" table with micro-adjustable fence
Dust collector shroud (for your shop vacuum hose)
Extra 50, 80 and 120-grit abrasive sleeves

Replacement abrasive sleeves sold separately.

Trade Secrets! Newsletter

Making custom guitar bindings when stock sizes don't fit

Replacing a section of this binding from the 1930s requires thicknesses that are no longer available. Dan Erlewine has to custom-size some new wood bindings on his drill press. It's not hard to do: watch the new pieces fit together like a jigsaw puzzle.

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Making a perfect bridge with the Sanding Station

Dan Erlewine's getting fancy with his Sanding Station: with his shop-made jig, he's making better bridges than he ever has before.

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Luthier's Friend Sanding Station

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AWSOME thickness sander

(Customer's Reviews) Friday, November 22, 2013

The Luthier's Friend has got to be the greatest addition to anyone's shop. I think it was designed for thicknessing nuts, saddles and binding, etc. I used it for thicknessing sides, top and back pieces for a tenor ukulele project. It worked great and was a good alternative to an expensive thickness sander. I highly recommend this product.

Must have tool 

By 4 seasons pickups from Netherlands
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, October 26, 2013

Maks repair job much faster Save lots of time for us @ 4seasonspickups

Nice addition

By Rob McD from Cochrane, AB
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, January 04, 2013

I have already used this handy device more than I had anticipated. I got the sliding vice as well. It makes the initial shaping of nuts and saddles a breeze. Recommended!

Not so good for me with my current drill press

By constructordeguitarras from Seattle
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, November 10, 2012

I thought this would be the answer to dust-free shaping of nuts and saddles and to custom-thicknessed veneers for rosettes, but I have not found it useful so far. It may be that my drill press is too sloppy to work well with it - I have been using without problem (except for a switch that needed replacing) since 1972. It drill holes well, but gives bumpy results with the sanding station. I am not quite up to spending a thousand or two more dollars to see if I can make my $200 sanding station work.

Essential for professional shops.

By Greg Robinson - Guitar & Amplifier from Melbourne, Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, September 18, 2012

This tool has easily quartered the time I used to spend roughing-out nuts and saddles. Great time and money saver!

Thicknes sand within +/-.001

By Norman Letendre from Newington, CT
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, September 03, 2011

I used to sand thickness and flatness small parts by passing the piece over sandpaper stuck to a flat plate. I would sand, measure, adjust sand, measure, again and again (I did get pretty good at it). I used this little gem of a tool in my drill press to thickness-sand a maple bridge plate blank to .090 thick. I was amazed; a few passes and it was within 0.001", length and width. Perfect tool for any shop.

Sanding Station

By Tony Gill from Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, July 31, 2011

So far I have used the Luthier's Friend Sanding Station for nuts and saddles and it makes sizing much easier and saves me lots of time. This is a must have for all Luthiers as time and precision means money and perfection.

Good for small shop

By Jesse Stearn from SLC. Utah
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, April 23, 2011

This tool was just OK for me. It's really just a mini drum sander on it's side. If you have the space, a real drum sander does a much better job. If you don't, it's a good set up to have.

Luthier's Friend ? -- Definitely !

By JMW from Biggleswade, UK
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, March 20, 2011

I should have bought this sooner. I was undecided for several months trying to justify the cost verses the few times I might use it. A couple of StewMac gift certificates given to me as birthday presents finally made my mind up. Truth is I have found so many more ways to use this sanding station than I could ever have imagined. The quality of the tool was much higher than I anticipated from viewing the pictures. Great accuracy is easily achieved if you follow the instructions to ensure the fence is truly parallel to the sanding sleeve and don't try to sand too deeply at each pass. I have sanded mahogany, maple, rosewood and ebony all with excellent results. I have also tried it to thickness ivoroid and by using the finest grade sanding sleeve with a small depth of cut managed to get a very consistent thickness tolerance. This is now one of the most prized tools in my workshop.

Brilliant for typical use.

By T Copley from Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 16, 2011

This is such a great device for thicknessing the face of strat style headstocks and the like. However, there isn't enough sanding height for thicknessing the rear of headstocks that have wings/sides (e.g. PRS style among many others) which would be really helpful, especially for shaping a volute at the same time.

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