Homemade 8 inch Wheel sander

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Project by Ken90712 posted 01-19-2013 02:17 AM 4092 views 10 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I did a post on the blog page on machining this the other day.

We finished making and welding the belt guard and dust collection shield. I painted it green and white to match some of my Grizzly and Hitachi tools. I wired her up, set the tension on the belt then and gave her a test run. Works like a charm.

I used this sander today about 5 different times and wondered to myself why it took me so long to make one of these. I’m very happy with the results.

Notice in Picture #4 he already made one for himself, which once I saw this, I had to have one.
Hope you like it as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#1 posted 01-19-2013 02:54 AM

Nice tool Ken and well build ,looks like a real custom job .
My question is where did you get the drum and what size belt ?

-- Kiefer

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#2 posted 01-19-2013 02:57 AM

Great work, looks very good.

-- Tom D

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#3 posted 01-19-2013 03:19 AM

Super Nice, Ken!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 01-19-2013 04:13 AM

Looks like that will come in handy !
Nice job !

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#5 posted 01-19-2013 04:26 AM

How is the paper held on the wheel?

What is the HP and RMP of the motor/wheel?

All the questions because I like it and want to build one!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#6 posted 01-19-2013 05:30 AM


That looks great! That guard metal looks like it came off of a truck bed… seems like I’ve seen it before.

You did a fantastic job on it!

Thanks for sharing it…

Really COOL!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#7 posted 01-19-2013 05:47 AM

That looks pretty awesome from here !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 01-19-2013 11:03 AM

Very nice.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 01-19-2013 11:50 AM

that is completely awesome – nice job – you better pass the tuna to him next time :-)

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#10 posted 01-19-2013 12:59 PM

My primary cover for my H.D. is similar to this. Very nice guard

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 01-19-2013 02:34 PM

Looks so cool! You have done a exelent job there.
I use a more prímitive version:
Use it all the time, it is a tool that I could not imagine to live without.
Best thoughts,

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

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#12 posted 01-19-2013 03:46 PM

I think it’s really cool when I see someone take two trades and put them together. In high school I took machine shop and took a real liking to it. My father was a tool and die maker and I thought if I got into cnc programming it would be good for me. Turned out finding work was difficult back then and I had to find work elsewhere… but anyways my father was the town carpenters son and practiced wood working in his spare time and renovated the house as I was growing up. I remember the first time I watched New Yankee Workshop with dad and norm was using his tenoning jig. I turned to dad and said “it’s like he’s taking a machinists approach to woodworking” So I just wanted to say I think it’s really cool that your shop can do metal and woodworking its a definate plus. I for one can truly appreciate the set up you’ve got going on there. Way to go! By the way the sander is really awesome!

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#13 posted 01-19-2013 04:12 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind words. It means a lot to me, as I have so much respect for my fellow Lumberjocks. We all learn something new every day. For example Paul taught me when using a tap by hand put a small mirror right next to the tap and look at its reflection. It is amazing how much this helps to keep it perfectly straight. Give it a try.

Centrifugal force keeps the belt on. The only place I have found the belts that fit this wheel is here. I’m sure others sell them. The belt size is 3” x 25 7/32, they sell the wheels as well. They have a 6 and an 8 inch. See the links below. I think they’re web page is hard to use but that’s just me. As far as the Rpms, you can read my blog on this how we figured it out mathematically to achieve the desired RPM’s Thx guys!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 01-20-2013 02:15 AM

That looks not only useful but VERY professionally done. Aluminum welding is an acquired skill that he has obviously mastered!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 01-20-2013 04:24 PM

Thx, this is the friend that taught me to weld and then I made my outdoor dining table on here. Learning Heli arc was fun.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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