No, the WASP Sander isn’t designed for White Anglo-Saxon Protestants — it’s an innovative attachment for your drill press. This tool turns your drill press into a belt sander, a drum sander, a floppy belt sander, a flat belt sander, or a curved belt sander, depending on how you configure it.
First, let’s get any confusion out of the way. Two different companies offer their own different design of the WASP Sander, both invented by Terry Gosschalk. In one design, the column provides a second support for the sander — in the other, the drill press table provides the second support. We’re going to talk about the former model by Piric Design, because it seems to be more available.
The belt tensioning arm of the WASP sander remains attached to your drill press column until you need it — then all you have to do is chuck the driving drum into the drill press, move the tensioning arm forward, and put on the belt. If you want to use the flat sanding plate, it bolts right to the drill press table.
I’m not sure how well this sander works compared to a standalone belt sander. It seems to me that even a $100 belt sander might be a better buy. And I’m wary of the effects of applying lateral pressure against the quill. But if you don’t have the space for a standalone, or if you really want the flexibility this sander gives you, the WASP might be worth a look.
So far I can only find the WASP drill press belt sander attachment in Australia. It’ll cost you $100 Australian, or about $93 American at the current conversion rates. Don’t forget international shipping charges if you don’t live in Australia. If anybody knows where you can purchase this tool north of the equator, let us know in the comments.