|Project by Bob, Oregon||posted 01-05-2011 04:03 AM||8151 views||82 times favorited||27 comments|
Made this with the inspiration of an Internet article and the patient advice of a buddy in my ship modeling club in 2008. I had an old reliable 1 h.p. working motor remaining from a table saw that I had junked and this was the ideal new home for it.
The body of the sander is almost 100% 3/4” Baltic Birch ply (used up a good-ish bit of a 5 X 5 sheet) and the drum is laminated oak. The table is covered on both sides with Formica.
This project was my first real endeavor at making a motorized tool of any sort and I learned a wealth of things from doing it. Turning the drum was a unique project and it required a somewhat bizarre, but effective setup on my 20” lathe. Necessity being the mother of invention and all that.
I designed the tool so that I can sand wood up to 5” thick. Don’t ask me why. I have yet to try sanding down a railroad tie in the thing. :) There is a coarse adjustment on one side of the table and a fine adjustment on the other end that will allow moving the table in the thousandths of an inch at a time. Dust collection is almost 100% effective with the enclosed little Quonset hut-looking thingy on top. What little doesn’t get sucked up is just lying on the table.
A fun project; very useful and very satisfying.
-- 73, Bob