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Step 6: The Fun Part…

Picture of The Fun Part…
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Insert the dowel and pull into the drill and tighten the chuck.

Now comes the fun part…

Once you have safety gear in place, plug in the drill and turn on the sander.

Slowly bring the spinning blank into contact with the sanding belt. Be sure to have the drill rotating the opposite direction of the sanding belt so you can maintain control easier. It doesn't take very long with this approach to get the pieces fully round. (The thinner pull pictured went from fully square to round in less than 30 seconds)

You don't need a power sander, but if you try this technique against a piece of sand paper be sure to keep moving the drill so you don't wear a spot in the paper. It obviously will go much quicker with an electric belt sander.