I have been very impressed by the creativity and ingenuity of the users of this site. One of the best things I have found so far is the discussions on the thickness sanders. All the plans I have seen have been very nice, and very well done. However for my purposes I just don’t have the room for something that can’t be knocked down. So my goal with this project is to build a Thickness sander that can be knocked down, as well as still be a useful size for my projects and future endeavors.
One of the things I noticed is that most of the sanders seem to be for small parts sanding. Of course my perception of this could be wrong.
So my initial draft ideas are thus:
1. Primary importance is that the whole table be collapsible to some semblance of flatness and not be so heavy that it cannot be moved to its storage location.
2. The sanding drum would be rather large to give a good surface area availability
a. Maybe have the option of several drums with grits of different levels
3. The feed table must be wide enough to allow for most glued panels to fit.
4. The height between the table and the drum should allow the possibility for edge sanding ganged boards of typical thickness(2 to 4 inches)
5. Some sort of automatic feed system, using the same motor as the sanding drum if possible.
6. More options added as needed.
I started my initial sketches in Sketchup. Below is a rough draft of just the top assembly. I am currently working on the motor sub-assembly.
-- If you can't build it, code it. If you can't code it, build it. But always ALWAYS take a picture.