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Project by Filinvested posted 10-10-2010 01:24 PM 7585 views 134 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Little scraps sanded in this ‘sand mashine’ became a good looking beads.





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 10-10-2010 01:26 PM

So, it’s sort of like a homemade tumbling machine? Interesting.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Filinvested

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#2 posted 10-10-2010 01:33 PM

Yes – a drill, a sand paper and wool discs, a still tin with sand stripes. And 1-2 big noised hours.

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Gooch

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#3 posted 10-10-2010 01:33 PM

That’s ingenious! Very smart idea and a great use of scraps. Well done!

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HalDougherty

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#4 posted 10-10-2010 02:08 PM

Great idea! I’m going to try it with 3, 1” baffles in the can to slow down the beads bouncing and hopefully increase the time they spend in contact with the sandpaper. I’ve got lots of beautiful cutoffs that I hate to waste.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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rivergirl

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#5 posted 10-10-2010 02:19 PM

What is a wool disc? And Hal- send me the how to on this.. it looks fun! And how did you get the beads so shiny? And do you drill holes in the beads?

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Eagle1

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#6 posted 10-10-2010 02:52 PM

Thanks for this post. I don’t know how you thought of this but it’s cool.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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StevenAntonucci

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#7 posted 10-10-2010 03:31 PM

Are you saying that you put all of those bits in the thing, and they come out looking like that? If so, I have my afternoon project set! How fast is the drill running? what grits?

I may have found a use for that 1 HP motor I have laying around…

S

-- Steven

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cranesgonewild

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#8 posted 10-10-2010 04:24 PM

Very, very cool. You really should blog about your process. It’s very interesting.

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2xmahi

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#9 posted 10-10-2010 04:49 PM

please post a how to on this, what a great idea

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blacknail

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#10 posted 10-10-2010 05:09 PM

Are you serious? Yes, please do a blog on this one!

-- Darrell B.

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Filinvested

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#11 posted 10-10-2010 06:04 PM

I’ll try to blog it next weekend, all the stages – from a scrap cutting to a beads polishing.
In short, it looks like this:
1. Make a container with rotating sand paper bottom and sand paper still sides (or vice versa).
2. Make a holes for a dust collector in the bottom.
3. Place the scraps in a container. They do not have to be a cubic (see the masur birch beads on first picture). 4. Close the container!
5. Sand it about 1-2 hours.
6 Change the sand paper on bottom and sides. First, I am using 80 Grit and next – 180 and 320 Grit.
7. In the end you can use a wool disk in the same container for waxing and polishing beads.

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Richard

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#12 posted 10-10-2010 06:07 PM

I would of never thought about doing something like this. Now there is something to do with all those left over scraps that one has in their shop.

Now if you have any ideas how to make beach glass.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#13 posted 10-10-2010 07:12 PM

Unbelievable!What an idea!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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DrAllred

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#14 posted 10-10-2010 07:49 PM

Very cool, and yes, please post a blog on this with pics.

-- David, Mesa Arizona

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Filinvested

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#15 posted 10-10-2010 08:10 PM

It is not my idea – just a small copy of Soviet Army potato peeler mashine (I belive it’s not top secret now).

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