one cool thickness sander

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Project by randyb posted 01-06-2010 08:33 PM 11339 views 34 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I didn’t build this, I bought it from the classifieds. I do feel it needs to be shown to people who will appreciate the work and thought that must have gone into building it. the last photo is the original motor, My 220 outlet was not wired properly and I thought the drum motor was bad. not bad for $75.00. check it out and fire away if you have any questions

-- I was going for that distressed look

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#1 posted 01-06-2010 08:48 PM

Looks like you got pretty lucky, nice looking machine, hope you have good luck with it.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 01-06-2010 09:12 PM

I see 2 motors. I guess one turns the drum and one the bed??

Looks great.

-- where is the duct tape.....

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#3 posted 01-06-2010 09:45 PM

Nice score. Hows the bed adjustment work?

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#4 posted 01-06-2010 10:33 PM

very nice find. the other motor must be a gear motor that turns feed rollers? How well does it work?

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#5 posted 01-06-2010 10:37 PM

Looks like the bed adjusts the same as my Belsaw planer. Chain and sprockets wrap around the base on threaded rods and a simple crank adjustment moves the bed up or down evenly. Someone put a lot of work into it. Hope it works as good as it looks.

-- Just remember,it was a lone amatuer that built the ark, and a team of experts built the Titanic.

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#6 posted 01-06-2010 11:33 PM

I really like the bed height adjustment. Great idea.

-- If at first you don't succeed then maybe skydiving isn't for you.

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#7 posted 01-07-2010 12:21 AM

One of the motors turns the drum and the other is a reduction motor and turns the two black rollers (like a bench top planer) to pull the wood thru the sander, its very powerful and if you are not careful it will eat wood and spit it out. I just got it running and I have not changed the paper yet to really test it. I am thinking about making a table that mounts on top so I can use it like a surface sander you can buy the kits for and build yourself, kind of dual purpose. the table does raise and lower on 4 jack screws hooked together buy a chain and sprokets turned by a single crank. whoever built this sander put a lot of thought into it. also the dust collection is great!

-- I was going for that distressed look

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#8 posted 01-07-2010 01:10 AM

What material is the drum made of?

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#9 posted 01-07-2010 01:22 AM

heavy aluminum

-- I was going for that distressed look

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#10 posted 01-07-2010 01:34 AM

Absotively love it!
Hope you got plans on how to build one these bad bioys…and let me in on it!

Note how commercial sanders are—and have always been—priced up in the heavens. This is something well worth building.


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#11 posted 01-07-2010 01:36 AM

Great find. How wide can you pass through it?


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#12 posted 01-07-2010 01:48 AM

Thats awesome!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#13 posted 01-07-2010 02:27 AM

I don’t have the plans, I think the reason this machine is set up like this is because whoever built it had the parts for it. I think the dayton gear motor is around 300. to 400. bucks. I know pillow blocks are very pricey. You could probally get away with mdf for the drum. I don’t know if it would be worth building. i’m not sure how big you could pass thru it, the guy I bought it from said he did cabinet doors with it. that would be cool.

-- I was going for that distressed look

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#14 posted 01-07-2010 07:20 AM

Nice, it has similarities to the one I built (and posted here), but instead of the wide belt in mine (as in comercial ones) this works like a planer.
If you didn’t have a drum sander before it is a very useful machine, I love mine!

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#15 posted 01-07-2010 11:55 PM

Nice, I covet.

-- Router รจ ancora il mio nome.

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