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Blog entry by Cousinwill posted 01-28-2012 11:43 PM 3178 reads 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my Bead Tumbler Contraption. Special thank you to Filinvested for his blog entry ” Scraps to Beads” which inspired this project. I used my Shopsmith, a bucket and a few extra Shopsmith parts, sandpaper, pullys and a belt to make this tumbler. It took about 5 hours from start to finish to tumble these beads


Got to have some type of cover or beads will be everywhere !!


After about an hours of tumbling



After a couple coats of tung oil

-- William from the oldest town in Texas



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robert triplett

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#1 posted 01-29-2012 12:04 AM

Nice work. If my wife ever sees one of these i will be in need of some help to make one!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 01-29-2012 12:59 AM

Oh that is just too COOL!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#3 posted 01-29-2012 01:18 AM

HOLY COW! That worked really well. Now folks will be after you for jewelry all the time. A good thing.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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patron

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#4 posted 01-29-2012 01:37 AM

this is great
how do the parts keep from just turning
(from centrifical force)
with the barrel
what speed is this turning at ?
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edit later :

i think there is a round board in the bottom
(barely visible)
covered with sandpaper
that turns inside the bucket

churning the parts against the sides
(covered in sandpaper too)
the bucket doesn’t move !

so some holes in the bottom of the bucket
would let sawdust drop thru
and not clog the bucket up ?

again well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Cousinwill

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#5 posted 01-29-2012 05:17 AM

Patron you are right there is a round piece of plywood attached to a faceplate that turns inside the bucket and the bucket itself doesn’t turn. The Shopsmith has a variable speed motor which runs at its slowest speed during the tumbling (approx. 700 rpm) The sawdust issue is not perfected yet. I stop tumbling about every 30 minutes and vaccum out the dust,,,,,,,,slow but it works.

-- William from the oldest town in Texas

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patron

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#6 posted 01-29-2012 05:23 AM

thanks william

i would think a hole with the vacuum
in the bottom
hose in it would do the trick
so long as the bottom is lose enough for the dust
but not the parts
it should keep the dust from building and clogging
under the plate
letting the motor run better
without friction

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 02-01-2012 08:06 PM

David sent me the link to this. I would love to have one of these contraptions- but first I need a husband to build me one- and that is not going to happen. LOL

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Cousinwill

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#8 posted 02-01-2012 08:14 PM

Rivergirl——-There is nothing that saids it HAS to be build by a man,,,Go for it and build one yourself !!!!! :)

-- William from the oldest town in Texas

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#9 posted 02-01-2012 08:20 PM

No way. I don’t know why someone doesn’t just sell these damn contraptions. I am not good with mechanical engineering. Honest! :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Cousinwill

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#10 posted 02-01-2012 08:58 PM

I agree with you Rivergirl…...why doesn’t someone make these to sell. Before building this fine looking piece of equipment :) I contacted a company that makes rock tumblers to see if I could make one of those work. I was told no and they didn’t know of anything on the market that would tumble wood blocks to make them round. No choice but to make one !!

-- William from the oldest town in Texas

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BigFoot Products Canada

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#11 posted 02-01-2012 09:28 PM

They are fun to make.. I posted my systems a month or two ago..
One is called Woody Wood Wacker (rounds the beads) along with Woody Wood Waxer (polishes the beads)
There are two video LINKS here:
WOODY WOOD WACKER
and
WOODY WOOD WAXER

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BlueStingrayBoots

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#12 posted 06-27-2012 06:04 AM

W, your a genius! Your invention will evolve into the peoples tool. I want one. Will you trade?

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#13 posted 10-11-2012 06:36 PM

What a cool Idea

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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Jamie Speirs

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#14 posted 10-11-2012 06:47 PM

Great Machine

I was looking at the old tumble

dryer to make a large one.

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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