Thickness Sander

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Project by Vagabond55 posted 497 days ago 6224 views 63 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As referring LBJ posts, I came up with this design.
My own idea is the self alignment table support system that consists of
three bearings.

Frame : 2×4 SPF
Table : 3 layers of particle board about 390(W) x 700(L) x 60(T) mm
Drum : stack of MDF 100 mm dia.

While a bolt and a long nut Height adjustment system has small play,
the sanding evenness is satisfactory.

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#1 posted 497 days ago

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#2 posted 497 days ago

Looks very good. I am in need of something like it. One (may be stupid) question: how is the sand paper attached to the drum? Is it simply glued to it? WHic kiund of glue is used and when you need to change the sand paper how do you do it?

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#4 posted 497 days ago

Looks really nice. I had one on my list to build ( but fell into a 16/32 for a great price).
Are you going to add a hood or dust collection?

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#5 posted 497 days ago

I am having a spectacular view looking at it.


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#6 posted 497 days ago

Great thinking,wonderful sander.

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#7 posted 497 days ago

Well done

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#8 posted 497 days ago

Very cool. I wish you had some more details about how you went about building it. If I may ask Where did you get the hardware (bearings, axel, pulleys and drum) from?

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#9 posted 497 days ago

Looks great I will be adding this to my to do list

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#10 posted 497 days ago

Nice work. I’ve been looking at building one myself. Is that sketchup you have it drawn in? If so, could you share it to Sketchup Warehouse. I’d like to use your plans if that’s okay?

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#11 posted 497 days ago

That is quite innovative!

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#13 posted 497 days ago

Looks very well built. Could you explain the relevance/purpose of the self aligning table support system? I’m mechanically challenged (or just plain dumb).

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#14 posted 497 days ago

Very impressive! If you have the pics, you should post a build blog. I think a lot of people will want to try one out these. Nice job.

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#15 posted 496 days ago

Thank you very much for so many encouraging comment.
Here is the answers to your questions. – Sand paper is attached with double sided tape – My pleasure to share the design. SketchUp mode has been uploaded as ” Thickness sander ” by Vagabond55 – Bearing support is the solution to compensate the shift of the contact point as the table angle changes. Since I do not like to apply any twisting force to the table, height adjusting bolt shall not locked to the table. – I regret no pic is taken during the build process.

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