Has anyone built a stroke sander?

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Forum topic by sprucegum posted 01-05-2013 07:18 PM 2695 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-05-2013 07:18 PM

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I would like to build a stroke sander for my shop. I have a stroke sander drive that can be raised and lowered and has a mounting brackett for the motor and a idler pulley to tighten the belt. This came to me on a pallet of junk that I bought at a auction, I was after some good bench vices that were in the same lot and didn’t find the drive untill I got home. I have no idea what the hp requirments are for these I will proably build one a little on the small side for doing cabinet doors. As I will need to make a pulley for the other end I am interested in what others have used for bearings and shafts , it seems like glued up pcs. of mdf or baltic birch would make a good pulley. also interested in how others have built the table slides and hight adjustment.

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#1 posted 01-05-2013 09:19 PM

I have the end pulleys assemblies. The part that drives the sanding belt. Is that the part you already have? Mine has a double pulley, so I’m guessing that you’ll need at least a 3hp motor to drive it. This is another one of those things that I found the parts for, put never had time to work on. If these sound like parts that you may need for yours let me know. Fine Woodworking, Volume 1, issue 3 had a nice article on building a stroke sander.

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#2 posted 01-05-2013 09:29 PM

I think the old FWW book “Making and Modifying Machines” has a
stroke sander design in it.

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#3 posted 01-05-2013 09:34 PM

I have the drive end including a 9 inch diameter pulley that the sanding belt runs on. I do not have the matching one for the other end of the sanding belt but I really don’t think it will be to hard to make one for the other end as it will just be the idler. I am thinking I will make it of mdf and machine out pockets to accomidate ball bearings that will run on a 1” steel shaft.

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#4 posted 01-05-2013 10:15 PM

I looked up the article. It’s by A.W. Marlowe – I don’t have a FWW
index but I reckon it must have been in one of the first 40-50 issues.
If you have the CDs it should be in there.

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#5 posted 12-06-2016 03:12 PM

Can anyone help me with plans for diy stroke sander
Its nice ti have a basic design and as you build you can improve here and there

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#6 posted 12-06-2016 06:26 PM

I read the title of this thread and was slightly amused, I couldn’t give one away a few years back. This sander came from a joinery and mainly sanded passage doors. I used it to sand cabinet doors, assembled drawers and small table tops. Everything of value was demounted and wrecker got the rest

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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