My Home Made Thickness Sander #4: Building The Frame

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Blog entry by lew posted 01-19-2012 07:21 AM 7156 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: The Table Adjustment Mechanism Part 4 of My Home Made Thickness Sander series Part 5: Mounting The Drum And Motor »

Now that the drum runs true and the table lift works, it was time to start building the frame. My intention was to use mortise and tenon joinery but my choice of material was 2×6 for the top and bottom of the sides. This was larger than my mortiser could handle. I know, I could have chopped them out by hand. I opted for half lap joints.
The overall width of the frame is 23” and the table height is about 31”. The length, at the bottom, is about 36”. The table is 16” x 24”. The frame is made of pine 2×4 and 2×6. All the joints are glued and screwed. The table is a piece of ¾” Melamine with ¾” plywood support and a 1” oak piece for the pivot hinge.
These photos are from the dry fit. I’m gonna need to get some more clamps!

To increase the structural integrity, two 2×4 cross members were added at the bottom of the front and back of the frame. You will be able to see them in a later section.

Had to buy the 2 x materials.

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

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#1 posted 01-19-2012 07:33 AM

Did you joint and plane the framing lumber?

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

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#2 posted 01-19-2012 03:23 PM

Lew, Your leveling mechanism is brilliant! I’ll incorporate into my next sander. Max

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#3 posted 01-19-2012 03:35 PM


A great strong frame.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 01-19-2012 09:38 PM

Randy- I did surface plane all the stock for the same thickness and edge jointed critical surfaces.

Charles- Thanks for your posts! Most of the ideas were “borrowed from your design.

Karson- Thanks!

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

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