Dunlap Sander Restore

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Blog series by marcb updated 08-22-2009 05:56 PM 3 parts 4485 reads 10 comments total

Part 1: My new belt/disc sander

06-10-2008 03:31 AM by marcb | 3 comments »

I was at a garage sale last week when I spotted this hiding in a corner: Brought it home for 10 bucks, that included the spare 1/3 HP motor the guy threw in. I’ve managed to ID this using the Old Wood Working Machines website, its a Dunlap that was produced in the early 40’s. Everything workes, missing the little miter gauge. I’ve gotten it tore down and in the electrolysis dunk tank getting the paint and grime and rust off it. Original Motor, seized but I think I...

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Part 2: After fresh paint

06-13-2008 07:10 PM by marcb | 5 comments »

Been touching up the sander every day since this saturday. Electolisis removed all the gunk, rust and paint. Followed by hand brushing with brass brushes. Then I applied a hair drier to ensure that it was completely dried, then degreased again (hand gunk) with acetone. Hung and sprayed a couple pieces at a time. Last touch up shots for thin areas where applied this morning, new fasteners are on order to finish the job. The “originals” are a mix of replacement styles. Al...

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Part 3: The completly unique sander

08-22-2009 05:56 PM by marcb | 2 comments »

It’s been around a year since I finished restoring this sander. Something about the sander always bugged me, and I spent some time looking at old catalogs and postings by other people and it finally struck me. The belt portion of this sander is 6” wide, but takes a 36” belt. On top of that the outboard bearing support that connects to the body casting through the table support hole did not exist on any recorded 4” sander or any 6” sander that uses the same...

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