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Project by hardhead posted 12-16-2011 01:52 AM 4993 views 8 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some Items for the shop that I made. The belt grinder I just finished up. It has a million uses in the shop. It uses a 2×72 belt and has a three HP motor. The front arm that has the largest wheel will rotate so I have four sanders/grinders in one unit. A slack belt sander for contoured edges, 10 wheel, a 2 inch wheel and a flat platen. The arm is half inch aluminum. Cheaper then buying a new Burr King.

The Air cleaner I made because I couldnt afford one. It has a three speed squirrel cage motor in it and is set on a one hour timer so I can leave it running for a while after I leave.

The router table still needs a motor. I am going to put a 7518 Porter cable in it. It has a bench dog lift. The top is corion, The fence is made from Oak and the cabinet was a free bathroom vanity.

Thanks for looking

-- HardHead.

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#1 posted 12-16-2011 02:06 AM

That belt grinder sure looks interesting.
Do you grind on the platen only or on the wheels too for inside curves?
What grit are you running?

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 12-16-2011 02:22 AM

I can grinde on the ten and two inch wheels. I have belts from 60 all the way to 400. You can get belts on up to 1200 grit.. It does a great job. I am going to start making knives, but you can certainly use it for wood with no problems.

-- HardHead.

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#3 posted 12-16-2011 02:36 AM

It looks like a sweet setup.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#4 posted 12-16-2011 02:57 AM

That should be a killer set up for knifemaking. That looks really sweet. I love what you said, “I made because I couldn’t afford one”. That is when we are at our most creative. I applaud you sir on a job well done. Good for you. That is what got me into building boats and I have been out on the water on the cheap for a good many years now.
Hope to see some of your blades sometime.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#5 posted 12-16-2011 03:47 AM

I like your grinder setup. Where did you find the wheels for the setup? Sure looks impressive.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#6 posted 12-16-2011 04:58 AM

Very cool equiment

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#7 posted 12-16-2011 05:30 AM

Very cool. I love the shop made solutions. Nice work!

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette

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#8 posted 12-16-2011 07:30 AM

Very nice! set of toys. I would like to know how you made the belt sander and see some detail pic’s. thanks! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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#9 posted 12-16-2011 01:25 PM

That is a very useful grinder/sander wow is that cool!!!

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#10 posted 12-16-2011 03:09 PM

I like everything you made but I ma especial interested in the air cleaner, could give me more details as to its construction?

-- Bert

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#11 posted 12-16-2011 04:05 PM

Very nice projects, is that top wheel on the belt grinder crowned to keep the belt centered, and what rpm
is that motor turning? I guess that 10” wheel will rotate up for the slack belt sander and then back down
to use the platen. Would you show a few more details on the build of this? Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#12 posted 12-16-2011 04:34 PM

Great tools and shop!! More pix PLEASE, especially the grinder, need this so bad! Which direction does your belt run?

-- Dennis, WV

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#13 posted 12-16-2011 05:11 PM

Innovator to say the least! Love the belt sander, although not very kid friendly!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#14 posted 12-16-2011 07:55 PM

You do what you gotta do and you did a fantastic job.

-- another tip from cooperedpatterns

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#15 posted 12-16-2011 09:30 PM

Very nice setup! I’ve used Burr Kings and they are very nice machines. That said, I don’t think they’ve got anything yours!

I’ll add my voice to the call. More pics, plans, etc!

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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