|Project by ca8920||posted 05-18-2016 05:09 AM||2683 views||23 times favorited||19 comments|
I picked up a cheapo Chicago Electric (Harbor Freight) lathe at a garage sale about a year and a half ago and finally found a good use for it. As I say it was really a cheapo, the frame was very flexible and it wasn’t good for a much as a lathe, I used it mostly for buffing and polishing projects until I recently saw a Stephen Ogle video about his home made drum sander. Working from Ogle’s video, I created my version and it works great.
All of the wood came from my shop. I had to buy a piece of PVC, a carriage bolt, a nut for the carriage bolt, a sanding belt and set of hinges. The total cost for the project was less than $20.00
I based the sanding wheel on a 3” piece of PVC with a 3/4” circle of red oak screwed into each end. The sanding material is a 4” x 36” belt glued to the PVC with some spray adhesive. The sled is 3/4” MDF with a 6” x 1/2” carriage bolt used to raise and lower the sled. The sled is anchored to the lathe with a couple of pieces of 3/4” plywood that rotate under the lathe bed. I use a set of knobs I had to tighten the plywood to the bed.
To operate, I set the lathe to the lowest speed, I then set the sanding depth height with the carriage bolt. When everything is set, I turn the lathe on and feed the material to be sanded between the sanding wheel and sled. The material is fed in from the rear of the lathe. The materials I’m sanding vibrate, hold tight and it creates quite a bit of sawdust so have a vacuum handy.
Next part of the project, a way to collect the sawdust while I’m sanding.
-- Chris, Sparks Nevada, https://www.facebook.com/ArmstrongTouch