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Blog entry by wildbill001 posted 11-11-2011 11:14 PM 2198 reads 15 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Why oh why did I wait so long to build this? It has been a joy to have in the shop since I finished it a month or so ago. Here’s the little beauty:

Built almost completely with what I had on hand. 2×4 frame, 1/2 hp motor spinning at 1725rpm. 5” MDF disks on a 5/8” cold-rolled axle. No velcro for the sandpaper, just wrapped around the drum. Adjustment is via a piece of 5/16” all-thread I had in the shop. The table is 12” wide with a usable sanding of 11” (if you get too close to the edge of the drum, the sandpaper will get knocked loose). I plug the shop-vac into the “hood” and it does a really amazing job of keeping the dust under control.

Total cost was about $50 with $25 of that for the link-belt I got at Harbor Freight.

I wasn’t hard to build. Cutting the disks on the bandsaw then truing to the table took the most time.

The thinnest I’ve sanded so far is 3/32”. That was actually by accident. I had re-sawed a piece of stock slightly more than 1/8”, figuring that by the time I sanded out the tool marks it would be 1/8”. Unfortunately the marks left by the bandsaw were deeper than I anticipated so I ended up at 3/32”. Which I thought was pretty impressive all things considered.

So I would recommend taking the plunge if you are even remotely thinking of having a thickness sander.

Bill W

-- "You can tell the pioneers by the arrows in their back" -- Unknown



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DS

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#1 posted 11-11-2011 11:19 PM

Wow! I would’ve never considered one of these shop-built.

It would be really awesome to see under the dust cover to see how you constructed the drum.

Excellent work!

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#2 posted 11-11-2011 11:46 PM

Here are some more shots:

A look at how the sandpaper is held:

-- "You can tell the pioneers by the arrows in their back" -- Unknown

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#3 posted 11-12-2011 03:20 PM

Bill
Terrific job!
How well does the table stay parallel with the drum when lowering/raising it?

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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#4 posted 11-12-2011 03:21 PM

And I hope your going to put a guard on the rest of the belt down to the motor.
Stay safe.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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#5 posted 11-12-2011 05:12 PM

Well done, Bill. Like you I don’t know how I managed before I built mine.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#6 posted 11-12-2011 06:41 PM

No plans for any additional belt guards. What’s life without a little danger, eh? (I even took the blade guard off my table saw, shhhh, don’t tell anyone.) 8-)

One end of the table is fastened with a piano-hinge. That worked better than a couple of traditional hings since there was a lot less play.

-- "You can tell the pioneers by the arrows in their back" -- Unknown

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#7 posted 01-19-2012 03:28 AM

Nice looking unit. You will get good use from this.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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