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Blog series by shipwright updated 871 days ago 6 parts 31431 reads 108 comments total

Part 1: How little can I get away with building?

970 days ago by shipwright | 20 comments »

I’ve just returned to my winter home / shop in Arizona. At home I have all the tools and lots of space but here I have 1/2 a garage and a much smaller budget. That’s no reason not to have all the toys, you just have to be a bit more creative. What I need to go with the chevalet I built here last winter, to pursue marquetry, is a veneer press and a thickness sander. The press can wait until next week but the sander gets built now. Criteria:1) Gotta be cheap2) Gotta be precisi...

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Part 2: Structurally Complete - down to details

967 days ago by shipwright | 17 comments »

OK, I’m about 10 hours in now ( maybe 8 productive and two wasted on one bad measurement….don’t ask) and I have the structure built and mounted. Everything fits and it is very stable. The drum spins almost perfectly true and the dust collection assembly went more easily than I had expected. I haven’t completely decided on the type of elevator I will use but I really like the positive locks at the sides. I plan to sand thin marquetry and a little tilt could cause a dis...

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Part 3: Finishing up the build

966 days ago by shipwright | 24 comments »

When I left off yesterday I needed elevators and the skirts for the dust collector. I decided to go with two elevators for the ability to micro adjust for very thin cuts leveling marquetry. If you don’t need that sort of accuracy then a single elevator in the center would be easier and quicker to adjust. In my application getting one side even a 64th of an inch thinner than the other could be problematic so I want to give myself every chance. I am willing to spend a little more time ad...

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Part 4: Tuning Up

965 days ago by shipwright | 6 comments »

So I went out to the shop this morning, all set to get the sander all tuned up and ready for the velcro kit which should arrive today. Unfortunately I didn’t get to do much tuning up because everything was OK. First I stuck a straight edge on the cylinder to see how much I needed to sand off to straighten it. It was dead straight so I just ran some sandpaper on it by hand to de-gloss it for the velcro adhesive. Then I started to check the drum / bed parallel situation and the effecti...

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Part 5: Test Drive.. She works a treat

964 days ago by shipwright | 18 comments »

Well, the velcro kit arrived yesterday afternoon but just as I got it installed a friend showed up and made me go golfing so I didn’t get to try it out until this morning. The results are better than I had hoped. It adjusts quite easily either with the two original adjusters or with the new center one but the key really is the locks for precision. Here’s my test. I sanded a piece to see if it came out smooth first. It did with some reservations (more on that later) so I drew a ...

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Part 6: Sander in Action Video.

871 days ago by shipwright | 23 comments »

I finally got around to doing a video today for those who wanted to see this little sander up and running. It also covers the often asked question about how you hand feed one of these without catastrophic accidents involving the subject piece becoming a lethal projectile. Disclaimer: I’m no video producer and I didn’t use an editor so you will get to laugh at me a couple of times…... OK all the time maybe. There are actually three clips in the video. They all involve s...

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