Luthier's Friend™
Precision Thickness Sander
(Patent # 7,004,828 )
From Ken Picou maker of the Robo-Sander™


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The Basic Unit

Thickness materials precisely. Shape complex parts freehand
Make Duplicate Parts with a Pattern or Template

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Description and Operation

The Luthier's Friend ™ consists of a a 10" x 12" laminated base (254mm x305mm) with a micro-adjustable fence and 2x3" heavy duty sanding drum with a lower guide bearing.

Mount it on your drill press, make a few quick adjustments, and you are ready to go. You can thickness and pattern sandwood up to 2-7/8 " tall (73mm).

Lock the fence in position and make a heavy cut to sand a your material to a rough dimension. Remove a few thousandths of an inch by turning the spring loaded micro-adjust knob, locking the fence, and running the part through again.

When the Robo-Sander™ is locked in the full down position, the guide wheel becomes a lower bearing insuring the stability needed for accurate thickness sanding. This also eleminates deflection and wear and tear on the drill press.

Dust free operation is achieved with even the smallest shop vac attached to the dust shroud surrounding the drum.

In the up position, use the Robo-Sander™ flush trim sander to duplicate parts using a template or even an old part as a pattern.

Lower the flush trim bearing into the table and you have a very stable sanding drum with which you can quickly freehand complex shapes.

When you are not using the Luthier's Friend™, You can hang it on the wall and use the drill press as you normally would.

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The Luthier's Friend™ is a one stop sanding station and thickness sander designed to meet the demands of anyone requiring precision. Luthiers, woodworkers, model makers, instrument makers , knife makers,bow makers,boat builders , home shop owners ,and architectural modelers will all find it useful. You can thickness wood to precisely down to 0.010"(0.25mm) , make duplicate parts using templates, and shape complex parts freehand. It sets up easily on the drill press and hangs on a nail when you are not using it.Dust collection is nearly perfect.



1. Thickness sand precisely in your own shop

2. Duplicate parts from a pattern or an old part

3. Shape complex parts freehand

4. Work on parts too small for conventional sander

5. Dust free operation

6. Quick and Easy to set up & use

7. No tear out on figured woods

8. Safe

9. Compact

10 . Inexpensive

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What You Get

A Complete Ready to use Sanding Station , which you can put to work within minutes.

It consists of :

1. A phenolic resin covered table with a locking micro adjustable fence

2. A 2" x 3" Heavy Duty Robo-Sander™

3. A dust collector which connects to your shop vac.

4. Extra sanding sleeves 50, 80, and 120 grit.

5. Instructions and safety sheet

What it Costs

The Luthier's Friend™ costs $225
Shipping is $22.50
Alaska, Hawaii, and International should email for shipping quote

The Small Parts Vise is $35
The Bridge Compensator™ Vise is $40
Extra 2x3 Robo-Sander™ is $36
Extra Sanding Sleeves are $3.50

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