bead sander

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Blog entry by jeffl posted 965 days ago 3797 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I liked the bead sander posted by Filinvested. And I came across a old blender that I considered using but it was too small . I had a old 1/2” shaft motor 1/2”x 2” pulley with one flat side -$6. 5” plywood circle Velcro from a craft store $10. A yard Found plastic bucket Found Pyrex lid that happened to fit my bucket
I cut some foam to line the inside of the bucket and fill in the small gap between the plywood and bucket wall.
Then I mounted it on a plywood strip to hang on my wall. It seems to work pretty well so far and you can hardly hear it run. I really only bought the pulley and the Velcro special for it. I bought a assortment of hook and loop sanding disc but I have a sander that uses those so I’m not counting that. Maybe this will help someone and when I completely run some beads I’ll post in the projects.

I drilled a 1/2” hole in the bottom of the bucket and 3 holes around the bottom edge to release dust and give access to the Allen screw in the pulley.
I epoxied the plywood to the pulley and put the Peel and stick Velcro on the top.

-- Jeff,

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#1 posted 965 days ago

I typed that on my phone and it came out backwards and not laid out right but you can see the simplicity of the idea.

-- Jeff,

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#2 posted 964 days ago

do you have sandpaper on the sides or just the piece on the bottom?

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#3 posted 964 days ago

MrsN as I answer your question it’s running with sandpaper on the sides. The foam seemed to cause the sandpaper to spin. I hope to know tonight how a full run turns out.

-- Jeff,

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