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Thickness sander

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Project by LittleCobra posted 01-13-2020 09:51 PM 775 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a thickness sander I built using plans by Pat Hadley. It uses a hook and loop sandpaper system. I built this because I was having some chip out problems on hard maple with my planer. Seems to work well and I am quite happy with the results. I used a 3/4 hp motor off of an old craftsman planer and reduced the speed by half with a 5ā€ pulley. The roller is made from 4ā€ schedule 40 pvc. Pretty easy to build but make sure everything is square.





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#1 posted 01-13-2020 10:03 PM

you made a thickness sander/planer?! Amazing.

-- Petey

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#2 posted 01-13-2020 11:54 PM

Looks good. For a safety idea, watch this video I made a few years back. I’ve beefed it up a little since I did the video. It looks like this now. Also upgraded to a 1 hp motor to give it more umph plus you can slide it back and forth without taking your stock off of the sled.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#3 posted 01-14-2020 01:20 AM

Thanks for the tip Andybb. Looks like iā€™m Not finished yet.

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#4 posted 01-14-2020 03:07 AM

You’re 99% though. I realize I put a 1.5 hp motor in it not a 1 hp. I have sandpaper on the sled and my hood is enclosed and has plastic inside so very little dust makes it out from the hood. Like you I also used the velcro rolls. Almost identical. Mine spins at about 1800 rpm and don’t forget the magnetic paddle switch.
You’re also gonna need to lower that front cross piece to make room for the sled. Mine is low enough to get 2” thick boards through there. The black knob on the front puts pressure on the adjustment screw so it doesn’t turn from the vibration. I also did away with the miter slot. Just make the sled match the width of the table. I wrapped reinforced packing tape to keep the ends of the velcro secure.

The little wedges keep the sled flush with the table.

She ain’t as pretty as yours but she works like a dream.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#5 posted 01-14-2020 04:10 AM

double post

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#6 posted 01-14-2020 06:13 AM

Thanks for the added pics and info.

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#7 posted 01-14-2020 02:09 PM

Fantastic build!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 01-14-2020 05:36 PM

Thinking both of those together are still a lot less than I have in my 19/38. End of the day it’s the results that count, not what ya spend to get them.

Nice job to both of you guys.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 01-15-2020 09:40 PM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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