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My Home Made Thickness Sander #3: The Table Adjustment Mechanism

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Blog entry by lew posted 01-19-2012 06:42 AM 6504 reads 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After researching many sander designs and knowing my tendency to over engineer everything, there was only one choice for the table adjusting/lifting mechanism.
The source of the lift came from this site and I give the author full credit- http://home.mchsi.com/~woodywrkng/DrumSander.html. The only change/addition I made was to add springs the help eliminate any “backlash” in the movement. The author of the site felt this mechanism gave more support over the full width of the table.
The arm pieces were made from ¾” x 1” oak, the top/bottom and front/rear pieces were thicker and wider to add support. All the pieces were cut and drilled prior to assembly. Assembly was with ¼” lag bolts and washers. The adjustment rod is a piece of 5/16” steel all-thread. A T-nut is used, on the rear of the back piece, into which the rod threads.

Originally, the plan was to use a small star knob. However, it was difficult to determine how much adjustment was achieved from a slight rotation. The oversized knob makes it easier to see even the slightest advance. As it turns out, a full turn raises the table very close to 1/16”.

Had to buy the all-thread and the screen door spring.

The next part will be about the framing.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.



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Karson

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#1 posted 01-19-2012 07:02 AM

Wow: that’s cool looking.

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#2 posted 01-19-2012 07:08 AM

Great job with the pic’s!
I’m watching this intently.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 01-19-2012 09:35 PM

Karson, Randy- Thanks!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 01-19-2012 11:41 PM

wow lew, you might be able to set up production and sell these from the house…you have graduated from rolling pin king…this is great…grizz

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#5 posted 01-20-2012 12:00 AM

Grizz- Thanks, but I think I’ll stick to the small stuff!

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 01-20-2012 02:49 AM

Nice. I always thought there should be a better way to control or prevent the side-to-side tipping you’re sure to get with a single jackscrew in the center.

-- "Sometimes even now, when I'm feeling lonely and beat, I drift back in time, and I find my feet...Down on Main Street." - Bob Seger

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#7 posted 01-20-2012 03:46 AM

JJohnston- Thanks! The developer of the lift indicate that was the reason for the design.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 01-21-2012 02:33 PM

You say “over engineer everything” as if that were bad! Your forethought obviously paid off, nice man-made tool, and GREAT documentation/pictures

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#9 posted 01-21-2012 05:17 PM

Chris- Thanks! Just sometimes I over complicate the process.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#10 posted 02-04-2012 02:38 AM

Thank you for posting such a detailed blog! Favourited!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#11 posted 02-04-2012 02:54 AM

Thanks, Mark, for the kind words!

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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