My Home Made Thickness Sander #8: Some Refinements

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Blog entry by lew posted 01-19-2012 09:10 PM 9579 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Most of the photos used for this blog were taken “along the way.” As with everything made in my shop, there are always changes, modifications and “S**t! I should have…”.

The first thing was when Mimi passed by and said, “it’s nice but where are you going to put it”? Anyone who has been in the shop knows you need a road map and a course in choreography to get around all of the stuff crammed in there. OK, we are gonna need some wheels to move this thing out of the way.

Only two wheels were needed, as the unit is not very heavy. Mounting them was simply a lag bolt and washer. A 16d nail through a hole in each one provides the locking mechanism to keep the wheels down when moving the unit. The wheels came from a salvaged skateboard. They were originally destined to become a lathe steady rest. (Note to self- find another skateboard for the steady rest.)

Another change was the addition of a “handle” to the adjustment wheel. It is more of a visual indicator and lever than a handle. Turning the large knob, against the spring pressure, is a little difficult. The handle/lever adds a little more surface to grip and provides a better indication of how much the knob is turned.

The final modification is the paper end hold-downs. The original ones were small blocks of maple. A screw pulled the blocks into recesses cut in the wooden end caps of the drum. They work fine but the wood blocks seems to cut into the paper, almost tearing it. My thought is to replace the wood with another material. Something firm enough to hold the paper but yet soft enough to expand, from screw pressure, into the recess. Like one of those thermos stoppers with the lever. The material shown is a firm foam rubber block cut from a toy golf ball- still open for ideas here.

Didn’t have to buy anything!! Love it!

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

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#1 posted 01-19-2012 10:59 PM

Lew: I was wondering where you were going to put it, but I figured it might be in Mimi’s kitchen or put Quigley bed cushions on the lower lever and take his spot.

I’m using the spring clamp on my drum to hold the paper.

-- 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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#2 posted 01-19-2012 11:40 PM

Karson- It has come to the point that every time I add something, something else has to go!


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

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#3 posted 01-20-2012 12:11 AM

I’m willing to take something off your hands!! I could use a good tablesaw.

Nice upgrades.
Do you plan on painting, staining & finishing or leaving it natural?

-- 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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#4 posted 01-20-2012 12:20 AM

Randy- It looks like the exercise bike is going to go, Sorry! Going to leave it au natural


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

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