Shop Talk: Bench Top Power Sanders for Pinewood Derby Car Building

If you build more than one pinewood derby car per year, you know that shaping a car without a power sander is a real chore. But what type of sander is the best.  There are so many types to choose from.  I share my thoughts on the the best sander for pinewood derby car building in Pinewood Derby Times Volume 11, Issue 11.

Figure 1 – Belt Sander

Figure 2 – Ryobi Benchtop Belt Sander
(Source: Ryobi website)

Figure 3 – Central Machinery Narrow Belt Sander
(Source: Harbor Freight web site)

Figure 4 – Standard Wheelbase Arrow


Figure 5 – Delta Spindle Sander
(Source: Delta Tools web site)

Figure 6 – Standard Wheelbase Detonator

Figure 7 – Ridgid Oscillating Edge/Belt Sander
(Source: Ridgid website)

Figure 8 – Conversion to a Spindle Sander
(Source: Ridgid website)

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