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Project by Bob #2 posted 1817 days ago 11115 views 31 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For more information about this build check my Blog at:
http://mywoodadventures.blogspot.com/2011/01/rotary-sander-home-made.html

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eddy

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#1 posted 1817 days ago

looks like you have a great tool there
thanks for sharing

-- self proclaimed copycat

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Tony

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#2 posted 1817 days ago

Nice find Bob. a great restoration and modification, it is a great addition to any shop and should give you years or service. Isn’t the out feed a little too close to the wall for sanding longer items, it doesn’t look like you could move it that easily with all the other sanders piled underneath table.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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patron

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#3 posted 1817 days ago

do you have to manually feed / pull the work ?

seems like a great tool !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 1817 days ago

Bob It looks like a great addition to the shop. Without a feed system, it might be easy to sand divits in the surface as the wood stops and the sanding contuinues.

But a light sanding pass and an even push should work 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 karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#5 posted 1817 days ago

very cool

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Bob #2

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#6 posted 1817 days ago

Thanks Fellas.

Tony
I mounted the unit on casters so I can pull it out easily into the isle for longer pieces. That’s why I left so much hose on the hood.

Patron , Karson.
Yep it’s a manual feed.
I had thought of putting a dc motor on a belt but I am finding that I have pretty good control over the pieces so far using that “T” shaped push stick. You can feel the resistance and adjust the feed accordingly.

I find that about three light sanding passes gives me a decent leveling but I still scrape or sand my stuff after this “leveling”.

Cheers

Bob

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stefang

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#7 posted 1817 days ago

Looks great and with that power it should do a very good job. A very handy shop machine to have. I would love to have one, but haven’t got the room. I just bought a 12” disk sander and still haven’t found a place for it yet!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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BigFoot Products Canada

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#8 posted 1817 days ago

Pretty cool. I’ve been thinking about building one.. Do you know or does anyone know where a person might get the drum from? Shopnotes has a plan for one where they use a bunch of disks glued together. I just can’t see that being accurate and I know that there must be alternatives out there?? I’ve thought about the rollers off of loading ramps etc.. but I was trying to think of some other common use for rollers with bearings in them that might be bigger in diameter? I suppose we could turn the drum on the lathe and then true it up? Anybody tried that?

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#9 posted 1817 days ago

Mine is a piece of 6” steel pipe with a crossed core welded into it to support the 5/8” shaft.
That stuff should be pretty available at a scrap yard or steam fitters shop as and off cut.
Any decent machine shop can weld in the cross braces and even run it on the lathe to level out any high spots. You could get your sandpaper lockdowns done at the same time.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Tony

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#10 posted 1817 days ago

David.
I built a 15” version of the shop notes drum using the MDF disks – I had no problems at all with the precision, but accuracy is the key.

Make the disks, thread/slip them onto the steel bar and securely attach them. then mount the whole drum assembly onto a lathe and fine tune the disks/drum for perfect balance.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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#11 posted 1817 days ago

That should work as well Tony.
How did you secure your sandpaper?

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 1817 days ago

Bob;

Wow, it is actually pretty now!

If it works half as good as it looks, you should be pleased.

Nice job.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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BigFoot Products Canada

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#13 posted 1817 days ago

The pipe thing sounds interesting but I’m curious how they would get the shaft aligned dead center in the pipe? Is it a common thing for machine shops to be able to weld that in.. accuratley?

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Bob #2

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#14 posted 1817 days ago

“Is it a common thing for machine shops to be able to weld that in.. accuratley?”
It is here.
by the time they cut 4 cross braces to the inside diameter and spot them on they will be within 5 thousandths. The brace can be gang drilled or laser cut. they aill all be within tolerance.

Mounting the shaft on a lathe takes care of any flutter left.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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BigFoot Products Canada

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#15 posted 1817 days ago

Thank you Bob,
I will look into that..

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