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Luthier's Friend Sanding Station

Luthier's Friend Sanding Station

Sanding Station and Sliding Vise

Sanding Station and Sliding Vise

Item # 5659
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$210.79

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Luthier's Friend Sanding Station Sanding Station only

Sanding Station only

Item # 5660
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$184.54

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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

About This Item

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
Instructions

Replacement abrasive sleeves sold separately.


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Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

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.

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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4.0

Sanding Station

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Verified Buyer


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.

3.0

Good for small shop

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Verified Buyer


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.

5.0

Luthier's Friend ? -- Definitely !

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Verified Buyer


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.

3.0

Brilliant for typical use.

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Verified Buyer


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.

5.0

Sanding Station

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Verified Buyer


I put off buying this for a long while as I wasn't sure it would do what I wanted. I was looking for a method of bringing sheet and strip wood to size cleanly after cutting on a bandsaw. I think I will use it all the time now- immediately after preparing timber on my bandsaw. I can go straight to the Sanding Sation which is permanently installed on a pillar drill and sand to finish size. The adjustable fence is very accurate and I find I'm finishing down to tenths of a millimeter measured with a vernier. I hope it bears up to a lot of use; I've only had it a few weeks but I can't see much to go wrong.

5.0

Couldn't Live without it!

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Verified Buyer


This tool is awesome! I HIGHLY recommend getting this sanding station. Its great for pretty much any sanding jobs. Nuts, Saddles, dowels, pickguards... you name it! I use it every day in my repair shop and couldn't go back! Great investment. Thanks again Stew Mac.

5.0

Credit is due

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Verified Buyer


This tool is truly amazing. After posting my review (the previous review made here) I was sent a replacement Sliding Vise free of charge (it was perfectly square this time). What's right is right, and I'm just posting to give credit where credit is due. Hats off to you Stew Mac for following up with a loyal customer. As for the tool; my idea for a sliding rail attached to the station for the vice would add stability AND consistency. But for the skilled Luthier this station is invaluable as is. Keep in mind I previously used sanding blocks to painstakingly make nuts/saddles. I feel as if it paid for itself after making 2 nuts and a saddle in record time.

4.0

Good concept, could use improvement

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Verified Buyer


The Sanding Station is for sure a Luthiers' friend however not so friendly without a shop vac attached:) I used it for squaring up a piece of mahogany. I kept a close eye on the sander itself and noticed that it warped shape after I made several passes, but then again I was sanding mahogany and not the recommended nut/saddle materials. I plan on making bridges, nuts, and saddles with this station and see real potential for it's uses. ***I only wish there was a way that the Sliding Vise would lock into the station on some kind of rail system to ensure consistent results.

5.0

Great tool!!!!

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Verified Buyer


Don't know how I ever got along without it! Very accurate and easy to use. This has improved my work greatly.

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