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Project by YorkshireStewart posted 04-20-2008 12:28 PM 9522 views 52 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It occurred to me (when I came to do one of Martin’s Project Card Widgets) that I’d posted a blog of my sander around late February, but not yet done so as a project. So here it is.

I’ve little to add since my blog, other than it does all I’d expect from it. Hand feeding is not the problem I’d feared; I’ve yet to be shot in the groin by low flying timber!

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





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davidtheboxmaker

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#1 posted 04-20-2008 12:42 PM

Stewart,
It looks good. How do you find dust extraction? Mine quickly clogs the shop vac, then everything becomes a bit foggy.

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YorkshireStewart

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#2 posted 04-20-2008 12:46 PM

You definitely could never run it without! And, as you say, the filter needs to be cleared of fine ‘flour’ pretty regularly. I also run an overhead filter.

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

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Grumpy

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#3 posted 04-20-2008 01:16 PM

One mean machine Stew. As long as it works thats all that matters.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Joey

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#4 posted 04-20-2008 02:13 PM

IF you’re using a shop vac, try cutting pantyhose and fitting over the exhisting filter. I’ve found that this will catch alot of the smaller dust and keep from clogging up the filter. And it’s easier to shake out and clean than a pleated filter. And it also doesn’t drop the amount of suction you get.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms http://woodnwaresms.com

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CharlieM1958

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#5 posted 04-20-2008 02:45 PM

Stewart, so you are an engineer and mechanic, as well as a master woodworker. Man of many talents!

Joey, thanks for the pantyhose tip. I’ll try that.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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pashley

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#6 posted 04-20-2008 04:15 PM

Where did you get the motor from? Price? I’m sure it’s a lot cheaper than what you can get into a small drum-sander!

-- Have a blessed day! http://newmissionworkshop.com

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YorkshireStewart

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#7 posted 04-20-2008 04:30 PM

Patrick – the motor was brand new, but very slightly damaged; an eBay purchase for the equivalent of about $70 including delivery. There’s a breakdown of other costs on the blog.

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

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teenagewoodworker

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#8 posted 04-20-2008 04:35 PM

wow thats great. i think that i’ll build one before my armoire so i can thickness the burl veneer i’m putting on the drawer fronts. thanks for the post!

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YorkshireStewart

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#9 posted 04-20-2008 04:45 PM

Joey -Thanks for that tip. I’m just off to rake around in the underwear drawer!

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

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#10 posted 04-20-2008 05:08 PM

Still looking good Yorkie!

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

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Bill

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#11 posted 04-20-2008 08:10 PM

A great piece of work YS. It looks like it works great.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#12 posted 04-20-2008 09:00 PM

Stewart, that looks awesome!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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Dan'um Style

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#13 posted 04-20-2008 09:34 PM

nice job

drum sanders are real labor savers.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#14 posted 04-21-2008 12:16 AM

I’ve got to make me one Mr. Stewart. I’ve got the plans in a Shopnotes magazine. Just got to get healed up. Yours looks like the same thing pretty much. Looks good. mike

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

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#15 posted 04-21-2008 02:44 AM

Nice job, Stewart! I bet you’ll use this a lot and be really glad you made one.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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