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Project by TheDane posted 01-06-2013 07:38 PM 3969 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These self-powered sanders are great for woodturners who do bowls, platters, etc.

This one is made from a stick of oak and parts I got from Captain Eddie Castelin ( http://www.eddiecastelin.com ) ... he provides the bushing and a spherical rare earth magnet for $10 plus $2 S&H.

You drill 3/8” holes in one end and at a 45 degree angle in the other end, turn the handle to suit your hand, then drop in the magnet, insert the bushing, and voila … a sander that runs itself. Just fire up the lathe (not too fast!), and start sanding at about 4:30 or 7:30.

I get my sanding supplies, including the hook-and-loop backup pads and mandrels, from Vince Welsh ( http://vinceswoodnwonders.com/ ).

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"





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Roger

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#1 posted 01-06-2013 08:37 PM

Super nice. Super simple. Really nice. It’ll work gr8 for bowls, and any sanding for sure. Thnx for the links also.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#2 posted 01-06-2013 09:05 PM

I’m not sure I get it. It turns?? How? Video?

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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TheDane

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#3 posted 01-06-2013 10:11 PM

dakremer—Sorry … I don’t do videos.

The process is simple … the lathe is running with the object you turned. The mandrel with the sandpaper attached is inserted into the bushing, and the magnet acts as a ball-bearing so the mandrel spins, resulting in the sanding media rotating against the surface. It is surprising how efficient this is.

Eddie Castelin did a live UStream podcast last week (12/29/12) showing this … you can catch the recored version by going to UStream.com and searching for Makin Shavins.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#4 posted 01-06-2013 11:28 PM

Is it some where in one of his 45-60 minute pod casts?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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TheDane

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#5 posted 01-07-2013 12:03 AM

Topa—I think he did do a YouTube on it sometime ago, but the video I saw last week was his weekly Saturday live show on UStream … should be on the list at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/makin-shavin-s (recorded 1 week ago). There are several segments listed … he was having camera or computer problems … but if you plow through the stuff from 12/29/12 you should find it.

BTW, Eddie is doing twice weekly live podcasts on UStream … 2pm CT Saturday, and 7pm CT Wednesday each week. They last about an hour, and are sure worth catching. He does a project, and answers email and live chat messages.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#6 posted 01-07-2013 12:13 AM

Thanks, I’ll watch them when I get a little more time to do it.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 01-07-2013 02:42 AM

where is the electric cord …. is it battery powered ?
take care
Dennis

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#8 posted 01-13-2013 08:46 PM

Just to clarify do you make the handle, drill hole for the bushing then trap a magnetic ball behind the bush in the handle.

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TheDane

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#9 posted 01-13-2013 08:58 PM

pudtiny—Actually, I drilled the holes (one straight at center in the end, and one at 45 degrees) while the billet was still square, then turned/sanded/finished it. Then I dropped the spherical magnet into the hole and pressed in the bushing. It is easier to find center and drill on a flat surface.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#10 posted 01-13-2013 09:07 PM

That’s far more sensible.

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