Well I have added some more features to my table.
As you can see I changes the orientation of the front and rear stiffeners. I have also added the undercarriage for the motor. The undercariage will be supported on hinges that allow the fixture to swivel toward the back of the sander. The platform that the motor sits on will also be hinged so that it will have the necessary tension on the link belt to drive the sander. With Gary’s recomendation I will be shifting the position of the motor closer to the edge so that 2 motors can fit on the assembly. One to drive the sander and another eventually for automatic driving of the workpiece.
The part that makes this whole thing work is that the motor will be removable from teh undercarriage assembly using Male threaded knobs connected to threaded inserts on the motors stand. (ie the motor will be attached to a wood platform permanently, but the wood platform will attach to the under carriage with threaded inserts and starknobs. I am thinking this will work pretty good, but I am looking for input into my thought process. Also because Iwill be running 2 motors eventually , I am going to be able to shift the table more toward the center and possibly make it a little bit larger. Right now it is 16.5 inches wide, but with the runners on each side I only get 15.5 for a full piece.
The runners right now are designed as glued strips to the very edge of the bed. I may change this so that they are adjustable along the width of the bed so that they are actually used to guide the piece being run through.
I have placed the table at 34” high which I think should be a comfortable height as that is just above my wrist level when my arms are at my side.
Let me know what you think and any suggestions you may have. thanks
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