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Forum topic by End_Grain posted 12-20-2009 09:20 PM 1464 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-20-2009 09:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: diy thickness sander

This is my next project . From a forum search I know a few have created on of these. If you have, I would appreciate input as to what you would have done differently now that it is done.


-- My greatest fear is that when I die, my wife will sell all my stuff for what I told her I bought it for.

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#1 posted 12-20-2009 09:28 PM

KHOP made a really nice one recently, check out his Projects section.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#2 posted 12-20-2009 10:41 PM

Dang it I want one of those. Nice build. I am tinkering with a design for a thickness sander but it’s hard working with 1/4 inch tolerances. :)

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#3 posted 12-21-2009 12:09 AM

i say go for it its a nice project and god knows we all need one in our shop weather shop built or store bought, just make shure u keep us posted or try to blog it?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#4 posted 12-21-2009 01:50 AM

Oh you wish you owned them shopguyrl. :D Save up for a year or so and I will make you one.

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#5 posted 12-21-2009 03:14 AM

When you really look at it and study it for a couple of days and download a set of detailed plans for a 16” DIY sander, it doesn’t seem all that complicated. A lot of time cutting all those disks out of MDF but not hard if you have a jig. After that a few rabbet and lap joints, butta bing, butta boom, you’ve got a thickness sander (I hope). I just bought a 1HP TEFC Leeson motor for $50.00 including shipping off EBay and that is the biggest $$ expenditure I’ve seen listed on the plans.

-- My greatest fear is that when I die, my wife will sell all my stuff for what I told her I bought it for.

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#6 posted 12-21-2009 04:16 AM

Although I did not build one like that, I built one using my lathe. Basically turned a 3ft long glue up of 2×4s and spiral wrapped them with sandpaper. I then rewired the motor so I could reverse it for sanding. I also made a box to cover it up for the vacuum and and a platen with a piano hinge and a threaded rod for height control. It worked OK, I guess. It always scared the bejebous out of me because if you let go of a board it would shoot back at you. Getting a consistent feed rate was also pretty hard, and showed if I did not do a good job of feeding it.

I now have a jet and just love it. Use it for every project. Auto feed is so nice. I have read that you can use the drive mechanism from an old treadmill (there are a million on Craig’s List) for autofeed. You might want to at least consider this as an add-on.

The other point I would suggest is to make the platen really strong along with the height adjuster. The slightest flex here will be amplified in the finished product. Putting Formica on both sides of the platen will make it really flat and strong. And do a good job with mounting the screw.

Blake built one too:

Good luck,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 12-26-2009 07:32 AM

If I only had the time to build one and the space to put it, I would love to try making one. I have several motors just sitting around begging to be put to some use. Also been thinking about turning one of my motors into an 8” disk sander with adjustable table.

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#8 posted 12-27-2009 08:19 AM

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