Thickness Sander for Total Shop

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Project by HankLP posted 01-10-2017 04:39 PM 2760 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thickness sander is used to size wood for instruments – mostly ukuleles, and Appalachian dulcimers – down to .060 inches.

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#1 posted 01-10-2017 05:33 PM

Hello HankLP

A nice addition to your shop

Is it a personal pattern ?

What are the size ?
Thanks for sharing

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#2 posted 01-10-2017 05:38 PM

Very nice design! I’ve been thinking about a more compact thickness sander. Are you using your lathe to power it?

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#3 posted 01-10-2017 06:58 PM

Very nice job. I have a Shopsmith and thought about using it. Can you tell us where you got the plans? If it was your own design, do you have plans you can share.

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#4 posted 01-10-2017 09:12 PM

How do you adjust for thickness? Both roller and platen appear to be fixed.


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#5 posted 01-10-2017 11:05 PM

I also have a shopsmith and am very interested in the plans you used to make this, or at least some info on how to make one.

If you can of course.

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#6 posted 01-11-2017 01:46 AM

Very nice, job well done.

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#7 posted 01-11-2017 03:54 AM

Interesting build. I did one for my ShopSmith a few years ago but I made it to go on the quill side so I didn’t need bearings etc. I love mine and still use it all the time. I’m sure you will find it indispensable.

Nice work

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#8 posted 01-11-2017 12:22 PM

Nice,simple, practical,useful.

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#9 posted 01-11-2017 06:52 PM

Nevermind my question, I looked at this again on a bigger screen and what I thought was a board being sanded is the platen.


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#10 posted 01-14-2017 03:13 AM

Thanks to all for your comments and interest in this project. I added some more pictures showing the 5/8” threaded rod mechanism used to lower and raise the platen, and the cover with bearing for removing the drum. I looked at a lot of home built sanders on-line, and it took a while to realize I could power one with the Total Shop. I don’t have plans, but the drum is built up from 3/4” plywood squares mounted on a 5/8” threaded rod – I plan to do another on smooth bar stock because the threaded rod is less than 5/8” OD and rattles around a bit in the bearings. I didn’t know how to mount the drum in a lathe to turn it, so a temporary tool rest was clamped to the body of the sander, and the drum was turned in situ. I cut a 6”x 48” sanding belt to three 3”wide by 48 inches long and stuck it down with spray adhesive. That way I can get two belts for about $5, and the belts are very durable.

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#11 posted 01-14-2017 03:52 AM

Nicely done. Thanks for the additional pics.


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#12 posted 01-14-2017 12:20 PM

The extra pictures were very useful. I think I have to build one.

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#13 posted 01-14-2017 01:01 PM

Great design

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