My Home Made Thickness Sander #10: In Operation And A Bit Of Reflecting

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Blog entry by lew posted 01-24-2012 12:46 AM 7858 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Had a bunch of requests (OK, only two) to see the sander in operation. Here is a very short video of how it works. The sound is natural- the sander and the dust collector in operation. A little over 1/64” of material was being removed.

For the astute observer, you will notice the addition of the broom like door sweeps to both sides of the dust hood. It seems to work but I’m not sure how much more effective it is.

Also, the addition of the wheels up/down mechanism was completely unnecessary. After using the sander for several hours, old observant me noticed the wheels were locked in the down position. The sander had not budged, even a little. Oh, Well.

There is one more modification to make. The bracket that adjusts the table to be parallel with the drum is adjusted by loosening the nuts and shifting the bracket. More precise movement could be obtained by using adjusting screws. The idea is in my head, now to just get it to materialize. More on this when it happens.

Thanks everyone for all of the kind words and positive comments. They are truly appreciated.


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

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#1 posted 01-24-2012 01:00 AM

hey Lew, i always love to see the innovation of a person and especially a wood worker, making a machine that gets a job done that helps in your wood work is a great thing to me, saving money is a good thing always and especially in this economy, so two thumbs up and bravo for a job well done…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 01-24-2012 01:48 AM

It looks like it works very well Lew. My mouth has been watering for one of these for a long time now, but I just don’t have room for one.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 01-24-2012 03:03 AM

looks like a fine sander. thnx for your posts. one o these days, I might attempt one

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 01-24-2012 03:15 AM

Lew: Did you notice if there are divots in the wood because of you stopping to reset your hands.

Looks great.

-- 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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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 01-24-2012 04:12 AM

I have enough trouble going down to the store to buy a power tool, let alone make one…....(-:

Does sound all business like and powerful…............

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 01-24-2012 04:23 PM

Grizz- Thanks! Couldn’t justify paying for one if I could make it.

Mike- There was no room in my shop for a “bought” one, either. This is small enough it can be tucked away when not in use.

Roger- Thanks!

Karson- Yes, I have to be careful to keep the piece moving. It took some practice but I’m getting the hang of it. Maybe the divot is more pronounced because of the hook and loop system. I need to go back to Super Grit. Tore a piece of the paper last nite. Made a temporary patch by wrapping with electrical tape! I think I pushed a piece of stock, into the drum, too quickly.

Jim- so far it hasn’t bogged down but I’ve been careful not to try and take off more than about 1/64” at a time.


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

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#7 posted 01-25-2012 02:14 AM

Thanks for adding the video Lew. I was curious about how it feeds. Looks like it feeds real easy.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#8 posted 01-25-2012 03:57 AM

Bill- The manual feed is pretty easy. Just have to remember to keep the piece moving.

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

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