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Blog entry by Jimthecarver posted 12-29-2009 02:01 AM 3207 reads 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At a past X-Mas party I had a request for a cutting board… after I had made a simple cheese/bread board for a white elephant gift. BTW it was a big hit.
So I decided to get with it and try to get the cutting board finished before x-mas, well thats a joke for sure. I cut some of the black walnut up and some hard maple got it all glued up then realized ” Hey! you dont have a way to sand and finish a board that large”....Ugh.
It ended up being 14 1/2” X 22 1/2” HHHHHmmmmmm what to do….thinking thinking. ;) Got it!
Well I logged onto LJ’s to find the answer. And did I ever get some ideas…lol. I started digging through old junk boxes stuffed with old things guys like me just cannot part with. I came up with some bearings from an old pump and a 1/2” all thread about 36” long.
I then found some finderwashers that fit the inside of the black 2” abs pipe and redrilled them to fit the all thread. I used an old evaperative cooler motor that turned 1725 rpm @ 1/2 hp… i think a 3/4 hp would be better.
So then I began to look for material to build the box for this to be housed into….thats when it took a turn for the worst. Yes I know PINK!
How could I do this to my shop? Add a pink tool to it….thinking thinking UGH! PINK…......
I repurposed a desk from my wife’s work to make the sander
So Pink it is for now anyway. I just needed it to work and work it does. I am so very happy my junk built 30” V-drum sander worked very nicely.
So I guess its safe to say even if it is PINK it maybe just what you need!
Thanks for taking the time to look over the Pink V-Drum thing-a-ma-jig.
Oh By the way thats the cutting board that was sanded by this.
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Craftsman on the lake

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#1 posted 12-29-2009 02:16 AM

way cool. and so simple. And it does the job?

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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bunkie

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#2 posted 12-29-2009 02:25 AM

I’d say it’s more lavender than pink. Not that that, in any way, detracts from the coolness factor. In fact, I’d say it enhances it.

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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Partridge

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#3 posted 12-29-2009 02:37 AM

this is very cool uses of junk. v drums are very useful sanders. my “Q” is what is the glue up order to the weaved cutting board! anyone

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#4 posted 12-29-2009 03:37 AM

Sure beats spending alot of money for a manufactured drum sander. You did a very creative job of designing and building it.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#5 posted 12-29-2009 03:45 AM

You have much higher quality junk than I have. That V-Drum sander is just the thing I need. Like, don’t run a end grain board through a planer! Ugly lesson, but that is another story. Yours uses less space, too.

You do anything special for dust collection? Any problem?

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#6 posted 12-29-2009 04:43 AM

I have a hole drilled below the drum in the middle to catch the dust…almost 0 dust comes out.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#7 posted 12-29-2009 04:39 PM

Very nice… I need to do something similar…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#8 posted 12-29-2009 05:32 PM

nice use of materials
i need to make a shoping list

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#9 posted 12-30-2009 10:43 PM

Brilliant!!!!!!

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#10 posted 01-16-2012 10:21 PM

I don’t see anything wrong with it. you won’t loose it in the shop :) it does the job, that is awesome! thnx for posting and the idea

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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