Sanding of small parts - Tumbling machine

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Project by Bogdanovich posted 05-02-2011 11:03 PM 6096 views 11 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First to apologize for my bad English. Much of this text was written with the help of Google translate.

After I set up a project Sheila Landry in its response to the topic suggested that this might be done faster and easier with the help of rock tumbler .After very concrete proposals from: MrsN, mightjvombat and others I started to work.
The biggest help was this post: which we sent by MrsN to me. I want to thank everyone who helped with their suggestions and ideas, to those mentioned and those who did not.

In my life I have not done anything uglier. On the good side did not cost me a cent. The biggest problem was that the bucket was too large. Small parts of wood were constantly jammed between the bucket wall and sanding disc. I solved the problem by adding a rubber hose and a layer of insulation. I screw hose in place and I glued the insulation.

After that, everything was easy. Pretty much everything you can see from my pictures and drawing. A very important thing, it’s my old router table. Minimum speed is sufficient. As I tried the machine I held the lid by hand. I’ll have to figure out a way to ensure him in place. Currently I can think of bungee rope. He would keep the lid and the body/bucket in place. I am satisfied with the results. In the picture with cubes, cube forward is untreated.

-- My English and my woodworking are matching skills.

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#1 posted 05-02-2011 11:22 PM

cool :—))
thank´s for sharing


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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 05-03-2011 02:15 AM

Nice one.

Main thing is it works, I use a few pieces of bungee cord around the shop

It can be very handy for temporary jigs


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 05-03-2011 02:27 AM

I am really happy to see that this worked out so well for you (and your wife!) You did a wonderful job creating your own tumbler! I am sure it will save you a lot of time that you can spend on doing much more pleasant things. It is a very cool project!

Sheila :D

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 05-03-2011 09:45 PM

Well done – That will save some time sanding those small cubes..

Thanks for sharing

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

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#5 posted 05-03-2011 09:52 PM

Pretty cool. It looks as if you could turn those cubes into balls if you left them in long enough. Have you tried this?

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#6 posted 05-08-2011 12:59 PM

I tried to make a few beads and testing has gone very successfully. The final form of beads depends on the initial form of wood. The machine works very fast and is very easy to overdo. Unfortunately I have no pictures of that because I have worn out the battery in the camera.

-- My English and my woodworking are matching skills.

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