Building a drum/disc sander #6: Frame work 1

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Blog entry by WoodenSoldier posted 04-12-2012 05:01 AM 6390 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I welded most of the frame up this weekend. I’m a beginner welder so it’s not great, but it’s square and strong enough.
First I welded nuts to the brackets I made last week.

Then I welded the frame from 1×1 steel tubing.


I welded some bronze bushings to the frame to keep the threaded rods straight. This was a bit messy since they’re impregnated with oil which flushes out and burns black smoke when you weld them.
Here’s the one on top…
And the one on the bottom…

Here is the mounting for the motor. I’ll attach it to the frame this weekend I think.

Then I shifted back to the main drum. I built a box around it to use as a jig for the router to turn it like a lathe.

Here it is rigged up with my cordless drill to power it.

And here it is afterward. It made a pretty good mess too.

It’s getting close to completion. This weekend I’ll add the motor mount and the chain tensioner, and chain. A vendor my company works with agreed to make me a 16×62 belt for $24 so I”ll be getting that in a week or two.
Thanks for looking, any advice is welcome.

-- Create something everyday.

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#1 posted 04-12-2012 05:06 AM

That’s really coming together very nicely!

COOL jigs!

Thank you for taking the time for pics.

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#2 posted 04-12-2012 07:14 AM

It looks so difficult. It is not simple to do at home but you did good job. Pictures and article is so informative.
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#3 posted 04-12-2012 09:18 AM

I love the router drill combo’ Clever stuff. Really interested to see how well it works.

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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#4 posted 04-12-2012 12:04 PM

Pretty smart way of truing the drum.
But boy, I bet that was a mess. MDF dust, yuck.

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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