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Project by kiefer posted 10-13-2012 08:12 PM 4172 views 12 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is version 2 of my previously posted hand sander.
I wanted to improve this sander and came up with this design .
The first thing I wanted was a handle to make it more comfortable to use .
The second thing was a cheek to keep it perpendicular to the work piece surface.
The third thing I addressed is the tension block which did move during use .
Here is the result and it worked out well .
The sander body is fitted with a handle and the platen is attached with two bolts,washer and wing nuts to the body .
The tension block is held in place by a strip of walnut screwed to its side and the top of the strip is locked by two pins in the main body ,this keeps the block from moving and the walnut strip also acts as a bearing surface for the bolt heads and keeps the platen perpendicular to the cheek.

As always comments and questions welcome .

-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 10-13-2012 09:10 PM

Cool ! I’ll bet version 3 will feature variable radius . . .

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#2 posted 10-13-2012 09:16 PM

This sander in original and this version are variable radius and can be adjusted by the screw knob in the centre of the tension block .
See pic three and my prev. post

-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 10-13-2012 10:03 PM

Pretty neat, Kiefer!! Nice an comfortable to hang onto, too!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 10-13-2012 10:41 PM

Nice rig!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#5 posted 10-14-2012 12:57 AM

Wow cool design and build, Where’s the motor ? :))

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 10-14-2012 01:18 AM

Jim Yes it is very comfortable and easy to guide .
The front handle carved into the body made a big difference .

JayThis is my kind of rig ,easy to steer around the curve .

a1JimThis thing is powered by Armstrong with pine cone fuel :-))
Very low noise level and music to my ears .

-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 10-14-2012 02:05 AM

Kiefer, I could have used one of these all last week at work, for I’m making a boardroom table with 5 conical bases. Think I might just stop and put together one of these.
Very pretty details in pic 4. Great idea, thanks.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

#8 posted 10-14-2012 04:32 AM

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#9 posted 10-14-2012 11:50 AM

Very clever. Simple and workable ideas like this are to me always welcome

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#10 posted 10-16-2012 02:20 AM

Kiefer – I saw the screw knob but didn’t appreciate how much it could change the radius. I thought it was for tensioning the belt. I guess it does that too (?). So what’s going to be in version 3 . . . ?

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#11 posted 10-29-2012 07:34 PM

Really really cool and clever.
Will make one as soon as needed.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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