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Project by charger1966 posted 2288 days ago 5273 views 16 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, Here is another project that is currently underway. I’m building a Thickness Sander. I got the Plans from Shopnotes Issue 86. I however made some changes to those plans. First of all I’m powering it from a 1.5 HP 110V motor. I didn’t like the idea of setup on the table saw every time I needed to use it. Second I’m making mine with an Auto Feed. I’m using an Electric Motor from a Ford Contour Door Window System. To power it I’m using a Computers Power Supply, It has the 12 volts and the amps that I need to run that motor. Third,I also Made it allot wider. Mine is 25” wide (the Drum) to accept panels 24” wide. I also Made it on a roll away cart for easy storage.
I’ll post more pictures as they come available. Right now I’m grounded from my shop due to an Injury sustained last October. I had surgery to fix a very torn shoulder.
Hope you like this as much as I do.

-- "Keep Miaking That Sawdust," Lance





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Peter Oxley

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#1 posted 2288 days ago

Lance – I’ll be very interested to see your progress. I might have to make one after you’ve figured it all out! Keep us posted.

I hope you have a speedy recovery.

-- http://www.peteroxley.com -- http://north40studios.etsy.com --

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GaryK

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#2 posted 2288 days ago

That looks pretty cool so far. Keep us posted!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 2288 days ago

That does look interesting. I may be wanting to do one of these too. So I will be following your progress.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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wpreman

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#4 posted 2288 days ago

I agree, keep us updated!

-- Bill, Florida

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Dominic Vanacora

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#5 posted 2288 days ago

Thats one hell of an undertaking. I would love to see how you do this. Keeps us all posted on the progess of your project. I also saw that drawing/s in shopnotes. This has got to be a tough one. Good luck.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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swied

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#6 posted 2288 days ago

That is really cool. I’ll be even more impressed if you add some more pullies and hook it up to an exercise bicycle as an alterative power source. :)

-- Scott, San Diego

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brunob

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#7 posted 2288 days ago

Very cool project Lance.

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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YorkshireStewart

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#8 posted 2288 days ago

Very interesting Lance. I await the next episode.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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jm82435

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#9 posted 2288 days ago

I would like to see how this turns out also. I would like to build one too. I particularly think the power feed is a substantial upgrade from the shopnotes one. Can you adjust the feed speed with that motor? I was going to build mine like the Delta with thickness adjusted by raising the feed bed with Acme all thread. 6’ and 4 nuts for ~ $20… (use-enco.com) Chain ($5) and sprockets ($.75ea.)from surplus center ~ $10. Keep us posted…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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motthunter

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#10 posted 2288 days ago

If your power source proves weak, can I recommend a hamster wheel and a few hamsters?

I am impressed with your work. Looks like a great project.

-- making sawdust....

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ww_kayak

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#11 posted 2288 days ago

A man after my own heart… but I wish you wouldn’t dangle these shiny objects in front of my face ;)

-- Tom, Central New York

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cajunpen

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#12 posted 2288 days ago

Nice project. You will really enjoy having a thickness sander. Hope the shoulder heals soon.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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jockmike2

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#13 posted 2288 days ago

Nice, I seen this in shop notes and am gonna make me one when I get back on my feet. It looks like it works good. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Kipster

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#14 posted 2288 days ago

Hey Charger. Welcome to LumberJocks. Looks Like you are fitting right in. Enjoy

P.S. You know I really like your sander.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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Kevin

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#15 posted 2288 days ago

Lance,

This is exactly the design I have been working on. I never thought of using the window motor though. I was trying to find a small 110V motor. Good idea.

I have basically just worked on the design and gather materials so far. What did you make your drum out of?

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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