I HATE sanding!!! Yet, every once in awhile, sanding is needed for small adjustments, often on small pieces. And more than hating sanding, I very much dislike electric whining howling things. No electric sanders around here. This is a happy compromise. It is very quiet and doesn’t fill the entire neighborhood with dust.
There’s not a lot to it, just a simple box built with a top that sits at the spindle center line. It’s actually overbuilt, with dovetail joinery and an interior baffle (to keep it square – doh!), and a dado slot along the top as a guide for a push tool I never built. A cleat along the bottom lets the box slide along the ways.
The faceplate is a 4″ Easy Wood Tools aluminum faceplate with a simple block of wood screwed on. I usually keep a piece of 150 grit rubber cemented to the block.