Benchtop Thickness Sander

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Project by Andreas posted 629 days ago 6642 views 39 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this benchtop thickness sander over the weekend. It has a 16” bed and a removable dust hood, which also serves to keep my fingers away from the action. The best part is that I was able to scavenge most of the parts. I only had to buy the bearings for a total of $20!

I plan to add a safety guard to cover the belt and I’d also like to convert the drum to a hook and loop system (I’m using carpet tape for now).

It works really well and leaves a very even surface on thin panels.

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#1 posted 629 days ago

looks good. I’m waiting on a pair of pillowblock bearings to build myself a similar unit.

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#2 posted 629 days ago

very nice

-- Joel

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#3 posted 629 days ago

Came out very nice. If it works, the project is a success. Enjoy your new machine.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 629 days ago

Cool. Very nicely done, but get that belt guard on ASAP. Also, you might consider putting a cover on that switch to keep the dust out. Otherwise, great job and I admire your ingenuity!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 629 days ago

von, I have a set of pillowblock bearings… made in US. However, sorry but im not selling them :P

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#6 posted 629 days ago

Andreas – You woodworking skills far exceed mine. However I must point out little fingers can get through the gaps on that switch without a cover and the results could be …...... ???

Also NO guard on the belt – I am speechless at your carelessness . Your other projects are so clever and beautifully done and now this.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#7 posted 629 days ago

That looks great and I really like the fact that it is a benchtop unit!!! You did a good job!

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#8 posted 629 days ago

Yeah, I’ll definitely make a guard to cover that belt. That’s my project for next weekend :)
I also plan on putting a faceplate over the switch. I didn’t have one that fit properly so I have to go out and buy one.

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#9 posted 629 days ago

This is just real good stuff!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#10 posted 629 days ago

Andreas –

Mortise & tenon frame, Turned pulley & height adj. knob !!


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#11 posted 629 days ago

nice job and saved some money too

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#12 posted 629 days ago

Awsome project for one weekend!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 629 days ago

I love it! Is it a repurposed motor? If not, can you give me some details on it? I’ve been wanting to build something similar, but have no idea what to use for a motor. Thanks!

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#14 posted 629 days ago

I’m liking it! What do you mean you use carpet tape for the drum? You mean you wrap double sided carpet tape around it and then the sand paper? It looks like the end of the sandpaper is tucked into a slit on the end of the drum. Right?

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#15 posted 629 days ago

Supercubber: it is a 1/2 hp repurposed blower motor. 1/2 hp seems sufficient for this sander but I would probably use 3/4 hp if you had a wider drum.

StumpyNubs: There is a small slit on both ends of the drum where I tuck the ends of the sand paper. I also put a strip (about 4”) of double sided tape in front of the slit to keep the paper from popping out when the drum is spinning. The rest of the drum has no tape. This works well enough, but it isn’t ideal. The sand paper tends to bunch up on the tape if I haven’t wrapped the paper tightly enough.

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