|Project by wood_maestro||posted 02-02-2013 01:03 AM||3009 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
If you hate sanding like me, this project may help you a bit. I started turning about a year ago, and I still get a lot of tear outs when I am turning bowls. So i started looking for commercially available sanding tools. What I found was too expensive specially the sand papers that are used for them. Also the manufacturers have limited grit sizes, usually up to 220 grit. So this morning one of those light bulbs went on in my head, when I saw a tennis ball in work shop(this does not happen often). What I came up with was power ball sander.
First pictures shows schematic of how you could assemble one of these. Just one small hole, large enough for bolt threads to go through in my case 1/4 inch in diameter. Then drill another hole larger hole opposite the first hole. This one is to help pass the bolt head and a washer through for assembly.
After assembling the ball and and the bolt, I used double sided tape to cover the tennis ball with Velcro. And I was done!!!! genius ha?
I know it looks crude, but I used it on my cordless drill and I was able to sand inside of a bowl that I just finished real fast. I will make another one that is going to be much better looking soon and I will post new pictures. Thanks for looking I hope this could help those turners that are struggling with sanding bowls. comments and questions are more than welcomed
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