Well despite some good suggestions I’m still having trouble getting my drum sander loaded with paper by myself. I’ve tried to take a better picture of the set up but not sure I did it justice.
The problem with using a lever to push open the paper clamp is that the drum rolls – imagine that. I put a stick between the edge of the cabinet and the drum and that keeps the drum from rolling – but I have to hold onto that stick to use another lever to open the paper clamp – now if you are keeping track that’s two hands – I’ve not grown a third hand so I don’t have a spare to use to push the paper into the clamp. So I’m back to square one – not being able to load the paper without help. Which is OK – I have a housemate but she’s generally not home when I need her (ships passing in the night most days).
I need to come up with a solution – because anytime I try to do it myself with a set of pliers – this is what happens—
This picture is mild – the spasm only took ten minutes to pass – lucky night. So you can see why I need some solution to this issue. So anymore ideas would be appreciated.
But before all that I did get a little bit more done on my serving tray. Here are just some random pictures of the steps. Pictures are taken for no other reason than to take them!
First set up
After first cut
Second set up
After second cut
Third set up
After third cut
Fourth set up
I’m using a very short backing fence as I have to clamp the piece anyway because I can’t hold it steady with just my hand. I stopped here for the night. The last set up is to cut the notch for the tray handles. I’m having fun making a little saw dust again. :-)
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