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Hi folks, I just got a Central Machinery lathe (freebie) and as it isn't much as lathes go. I was thinking of converting it to a shaper sander or...? Does anyone have any suggestions? I was thinking of taking the tool rest off and making a table top to replace it with. I haven't quite figured out how to attach the sand paper. I was thinking of attaching velcro to a round piece of wood and using six inch hook and loop sanding disk but I am not sure that would work. Well it is just in the planing stage so any ideas would be appreciated.
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Depending on the head stock shaft size and thread, there are/were disc sanding attachments made for lathes that screw right on. The old ones (metal) were designed for use with disc adhesive, but there are now conversion kits to switch to hook/loop discs. You could then construct a support surface using the tool-rest base.

Even if it's not the best of lathes, I'd retain the turning capability.

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