|Project by rdjack21||posted 06-04-2012 04:27 AM||3136 views||12 times favorited||18 comments|
As we all know one of the pains of making cutting boards is all the sanding. The other royal pain in the rear for those that do not have a drum sander is getting the darn thing flat and smooth at the same time. While belt sanders will and do make all the sanding less of a pain it is hard to keep your board truly flat when you use one. Shoot if you are not careful a ROS will also make your board not flat and I really don’t want to put rubber feet on my boards to compensate for a board not being flat.
So I’m in my shop finishing the rough sanding on the board in pic 5 and well that picture shows every thing that is wrong with doing it by hand on a belt sander. It is so not flat that I’m not a happy camper and I have the board in pic 3&4 in the clamps drying up. So I have to come up with something to fix this situation. I don’t have time to make a drum sander right now (I’ts on my list but I have other things I need more right now) and to be honest I don’t have the room for another tool right now. So I’m sitting there thinking about this issue and I think about the V-Drum sander and I think hey why not think of the belt sander as the drum and build some support tables on either side of it! And this is what I came up with. I’ts not pretty, I’ts not super sturdy, but it is a proof of concept and as such I have to say that it did a great job and the prof is shown in pic 3 & 4. Pic 3 & 4 show a strait edge on either side of the board after initial rough sanding that board I had in the clamps. After I took the pics it took me about 15min a side to flatten the board in pic 5.
So now that I have proved that the concept will work and a sanding station is one of those things I really do need now I know one concept I will be incorporating into it.
-- --- Richard Jackson