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Forum topic by helluvawreck posted 08-18-2010 04:54 PM 8861 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-18-2010 04:54 PM

A while back we had to have an edge sander to sand the edges of some plinth blocks and we haven’t had an edge sander for quite a while so we started looking at the auctions and also on Ebay and some of the other internet sources. However, we didn’t run across any that we thought was what we were looking for so we scraped up some parts from our bone yard and rigged up these two small sanders. They worked for what we needed them for and so we’ll probably put one in our machine shop and the other in our wood shop. We’re still looking for a good deal on a used one so these will keep working for a temporary fix. Probably what we would like to have is a big old Oakley.

If I was going to build one of these from scratch I wood go about it a completely different way but what you have to understand is that we rigged these up from bits and pieces of junk machines that are laying around in our junk collection. I am one of the world’s biggest junk-a-holics. After all – one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

I thought that ya’ll might get a kick out of these little sanders. The pulleys are probably 30 to 40 inches apart.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#1 posted 08-18-2010 05:12 PM

Great engineering on the sanders :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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#2 posted 08-18-2010 07:31 PM

I could sure use one of those, I don’t suppose you’d pay the freight would ya?.................Schloemoe

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#3 posted 08-18-2010 08:53 PM

With “Pulleys” like that just happily lying around on your junk pile, it must be a serious junk pile! maybe a mountain! Convert that 44 gallon drum into a boat and float one my way….....

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#4 posted 08-18-2010 09:21 PM

It is a very serious junk pile, Div, I’m a junk-a-holic. I’ve got shelves and shelves of stuff.It’s a terrible disease, but if you need something you can usually find it. The pulleys actually came off of a special feed thru mould sanding machine that we made a long time ago and ran for a good many years. They get onto me about all of my junk every now and then and make me thin it out – especially since the scrap iron price went up so high. But I’ve still got plenty – more than I’ll ever use. Of course if you run out you can always go to the junk yard and find stuff. Of course we don’t always just use junk. If we build a machine to do something special and it has to be just so then you have to use a lot of new stuff. But that’s what’ll make you into a junk-a-holic in the first place. When you pay what you have to for the new stuff then you start appreciating the older stuff and so it’s a vicious circle. We’ve also bought a lot’s of junk at auctions and for a good while I bought mechanical and electrical stuff on Ebay. The stuff that I usually bought on Ebay was all new stuff. Some of it pennies on the dollar.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 08-18-2010 09:43 PM

great sanders
it must bee nice to have that kind of skills to build motorised things
and a junk-pile to forwill the wishes


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#6 posted 08-18-2010 10:43 PM

Dennis, I appreciate that. However, these sanders are pretty ruff. I have built some nicer stuff. I have done a lot of machine work but I’m not a machinist. I only went to machinist school for 6 months and so I’m mostly self taught. I would never call myself a machinist; I respect machinists too much to do that. I guess I’m more like a jack of all trades, MASTER OF NONE. Please note how the ‘master of none’ is emphasized. Another name might be ‘a shade tree mechanic’. :-)

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 08-18-2010 10:50 PM

maybee but you have the ideas of what /how to do it
thats the different you don´t need a blueprint before you can build :-)
and make it work

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