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Project by Maxx posted 1386 days ago 1668 views 11 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing Filinvested’s post about beads, I thought I’d give it a try. My wife is into beading – so this works out well for both of us. On that post, he says he used a drill and sanded for a couple of hours. Well, I’m pretty sure my drill would burn up long before a couple of hours – so I did a very similar setup with a fan motor. I went to Goodwill and bought a cheap fan. After removing the fan blades, I took a tin can and mounted it over the fan. I used a round piece of wood – stuck a 6” sanding disk to it and mouted it to the shaft of the motor. I lined the tin can with 220 grit sand paper and I was ready to go. I put various “chunks” of wood into the contraption and cranked it up. I let it go for about 90 minutes total. 30 minutes and then 1 hour. Filinvested was right…it’s very noisy! But in the end – I have a bunch of very unique beads – these are cedar and chechen and some other stuff that was hanging around the place. I dipped them in polyurethane and let them hang to dry. Took about 3 coats to get a bit of a shine on ‘em. Thanks for taking a look…and thanks to Filinvested for the idea!

-- Where did all this sawdust come from?





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DrAllred

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#1 posted 1386 days ago

Great looking beads.

A fan motor, I guess I should run to Goodwill and see what they have. I like what Filinvested did in polishing his beads and using a mop with wax applied inside the can gave his beads a good shine.

-- David, Mesa Arizona

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MsDebbieP

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#2 posted 1386 days ago

oh how I love the creative mind!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Woodbutcher3

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#3 posted 1386 days ago

Looks like I better beat everyone to Goodwill. I was going to use my belt sander!
The leaves turned out pretty good, too.

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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SgtSnafu

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#4 posted 1386 days ago

Fan motor – great idea !!

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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sras

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#5 posted 1386 days ago

I gotta make me one of these! I have already lowered my size limit for what goes into the trash. Now I have all sorts of bits of wood piling up… The beads turned out great – thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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DaddyZ

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#6 posted 1386 days ago

Cool Idea !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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cranesgonewild

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#7 posted 1386 days ago

Great idea. I too wanted to do this when I seen it on here, but didn’t want to use my drill. I was thinking of a 1/2 horse motor or something along those lines. But, a fan motor is a GREAT idea.
You should post pictures of your contraption.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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Woodstock

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#8 posted 1385 days ago

I made a similar setup right after Filinvested posted his setup. And yes it does take a long time.. I too had worried about burning up a drill. But Harbor Freight had one of those $19 3/8” electric drills that when the speed was reduced to about 30% of max really did the job well. And it came with a extra set of replacement brushes. My run was leftovers of walnut & Baltic birch ply cut into .5” squares. I’ve got to go & make some more with other woods.

I never thought of using a fan motor. Reduce the speed to the lowest RPM would be about right.

Good Job.

-Dave

-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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