Thickness Sander

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Project by americanwoodworker posted 06-19-2013 05:27 PM 2383 views 14 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well i finally healed from wrist break and finished my project that I was working on before the accident. Lots of research led me to build something that didn’t hinder the width of boards I could work with.

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#1 posted 06-19-2013 06:10 PM

Nice construction.

I just finished one myself that is not open ended like yours. It is 20” wide and I have pushed 19” cherry through it, but when I say push, I am not kidding. Even with the lightest of sanding it is a 2 man job to get larger items through. Most of the items that I do are smaller and are a breeze to do.

Did you use velcro to attach the sandpaper to the drum? I did and it makes for changing out the grit very easy.

I have found it to be a great addition to my shop, I am sure that you will also.

Again, nice construction.

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 06-19-2013 06:54 PM

Looks like a COOL sander…

Glad your wrist has healed & you’re “back in the saddle again”...

Are you going to show more detailed pictures on the construction, etc.?

Thank you.

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

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#3 posted 06-19-2013 10:35 PM

Nice job USAWW!

You will have lots of enjoyable time and excellent finishes with your sander.
I have a small one I bought 2nd hand just recently and upon setting it up spent almost all day “playing” with bits of stock seeing how good the results that I could get and I was not disappointed !!

Consumables. Beware I spent almost the same amount on various consumables later!! could be habit forming

-- Regards Robert

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Tony Strupulis

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#4 posted 06-19-2013 11:28 PM

Very professional looking!

A thickness sander is on my list of things to build. One day…

-- Tony -

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#5 posted 06-20-2013 01:35 AM

Nice job. Where did you get the plans?

-- I have to remember this is a hobby..

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#6 posted 06-20-2013 11:50 AM

This will help with cutting boards. Nice build, I do like the open end sander design idea,

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#7 posted 06-20-2013 02:54 PM

Very nice. It does look professionally built.

Good job.

-- Kirk H. --

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#8 posted 06-20-2013 04:20 PM

Awesome job

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#9 posted 06-20-2013 05:09 PM

Very nice build, certain it will come in quite handy… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#10 posted 06-20-2013 10:28 PM

Thanks everyone. Was an interesting and sometime frustrating build.

TD, I have ordered the hook and loop kit from grizzly. Still waiting on that to come in.

Joe, I did not take any pictures during the build. I am bad at that. However, this is not my design. I copied it as best I could from this guy . He did take pictures. Mine differs in two ways. 1. His drum adjust to different angles. I felt this would cause me problems with trying to get it leveled to match table each time. So mine is fixed. Also, I made the door that opens up to the drum itself. This way I could change the paper easily. Other than that and the guess work on measurements it is basically identical.

Jeff, sorry no plans. I used the pictures and guess work to build mine from pictures. Here is the link to where I got the idea. Hope this helps.

Total cost was around $250.

-- Your freedom to be you, includes my freedom to be free from you.

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