Thickness Sander

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Project by Vagabond55 posted 12-12-2012 03:41 PM 69815 views 75 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 12-12-2012 03:46 PM

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#2 posted 12-12-2012 04:02 PM

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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#3 posted 12-12-2012 04:31 PM


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#4 posted 12-12-2012 04:32 PM

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 12-12-2012 04:53 PM

I am having a spectacular view looking at it.


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#6 posted 12-12-2012 04:53 PM

Great thinking,wonderful sander.

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#7 posted 12-12-2012 05:15 PM

Well done

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#8 posted 12-12-2012 05:27 PM

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 12-12-2012 07:33 PM

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

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#10 posted 12-12-2012 07:41 PM

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 12-12-2012 08:15 PM

That is quite innovative!

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#12 posted 12-12-2012 08:56 PM


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#13 posted 12-12-2012 09:09 PM

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 12-12-2012 09:31 PM

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 12-13-2012 12:13 AM

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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