The Finished Thickness Sander

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Project by lew posted 918 days ago 5071 views 34 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been working on this for a while.

Will post a blog of the progress and more detail as I get it together.

The blog series begins here-

Thanks to all the folks who inspired me and provided information when they made theirs. Most of the information came from these sites.

It does work!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#1 posted 918 days ago

how does it work? are you happy…good results?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 918 days ago


It works better than I expected! It’s not very big- table is only 16” by 24”. It is really going to help me with the thin strips I use in the rolling pins and I think it will be capable of doing some small/medium cutting boards.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 918 days ago

Looks like it will serve you well.
Another tool/machine/item on my “To Do/Wish list”!!!

Looking forward to your blog! I hope for many, many, many pictures and specifications! Bearing specs, motor specs, pulley ratio, etc. etc. etc…............

Oh, did I mention PICTURES?

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 917 days ago


Lots like a great sander. Looking forward to the build.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#5 posted 917 days ago

wow what a great job ,now you have a great tool to use for years to come.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 917 days ago

Your welcome! Glad I could be of assistance.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#7 posted 917 days ago

Nice work, Lew.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#8 posted 917 days ago

Looks like you’re ready for sanding!

I’m looking forward to the blog.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 917 days ago

I love it. Good for you. A really nice tool to have.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 917 days ago

You’ll use this a real lot Lew!

I just realised it’s about four years since I made mine…
Click for details ...and it still gets lots of use.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#11 posted 917 days ago

The more of these I see here on LJs, the more I want to build one!

Thanks for posting!

-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
(The greatest woodworking show since the invention of wood- check it out!)

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#12 posted 917 days ago

I looked through your blog on this Lew, very impressive. I haven’t followed close because I would never build one of these, I don’t have the time. The advantage of a home built one is not just cost. It also allows you to tinker with it and repair it yourself. Looks useful, and fun to build as well…......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#13 posted 917 days ago

Hi Lew. Great job, and a good addition to the shop.

Still need to look into your blog. Seems quite massive. Thank you

Now you´ll get more tidy rolling pins !!!

The best

-- Back home. Fernando

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#14 posted 917 days ago

thats an awesome sander Lew, love the table raising mechanism.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#15 posted 917 days ago

Randy- Thanks! Added some more specs in the Blog series. Hope they answer your questions.

Karson, a1Jim, CJ, Steve1 and Steve2- Thanks!

Charles- Thanks for the information in your post. It really helped me!

Stewart- Sorry I forgot to add your link. But it is there now. Thanks for your information- it really helped!

Stumpy- Thanks!

Jim- Thanks! The ability to make it do what I needed was a big reason for building it.

Fernando- Thanks! Now I can get started on the next batch!

Sharon- Thanks! Wish I could take credit for designing it.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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