Make a plan and stick to it. Makes the fabrication much more enjoyable.

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Field-expedient Tabletop Sander
The bulk of the load is carried by T-nuts.
I made this little platform so I could get holes perpendicular to the work without having to jump through hoops. (Crappy Harbor Freight vise...)

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Handle became a prototype because bad contour and bad design.

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T-nuts at the top and 1/4 x 2-1/2 Spax at the bottom. You have to install the caddy onto the battery.
Spray paint worked very well for the trim. I used satin finish paint, then a water-based urethane over top.

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Ready for prime time!
Feet for a finishing touch and to keep the wood off the ground in case of water.
VOILA!

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I give myself an โ€˜Aโ€™ for this one. My wife said it looks like it belongs on a Chris-Craft.