Thickness Sander

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Project by charger1966 posted 04-03-2008 07:25 PM 7294 views 18 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, Here is another project that is currently underway. I’m building a Thickness Sander. I got the Plans from Shopnotes Issue 86. I however made some changes to those plans. First of all I’m powering it from a 1.5 HP 110V motor. I didn’t like the idea of setup on the table saw every time I needed to use it. Second I’m making mine with an Auto Feed. I’m using an Electric Motor from a Ford Contour Door Window System. To power it I’m using a Computers Power Supply, It has the 12 volts and the amps that I need to run that motor. Third,I also Made it allot wider. Mine is 25” wide (the Drum) to accept panels 24” wide. I also Made it on a roll away cart for easy storage.
I’ll post more pictures as they come available. Right now I’m grounded from my shop due to an Injury sustained last October. I had surgery to fix a very torn shoulder.
Hope you like this as much as I do.

-- "Keep Miaking That Sawdust," Lance

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#1 posted 04-03-2008 07:29 PM

Lance – I’ll be very interested to see your progress. I might have to make one after you’ve figured it all out! Keep us posted.

I hope you have a speedy recovery.

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#2 posted 04-03-2008 07:32 PM

That looks pretty cool so far. Keep us posted!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 04-03-2008 07:39 PM

That does look interesting. I may be wanting to do one of these too. So I will be following your progress.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 04-03-2008 07:48 PM

I agree, keep us updated!

-- Bill, Florida

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#5 posted 04-03-2008 08:01 PM

Thats one hell of an undertaking. I would love to see how you do this. Keeps us all posted on the progess of your project. I also saw that drawing/s in shopnotes. This has got to be a tough one. Good luck.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#6 posted 04-03-2008 08:16 PM

That is really cool. I’ll be even more impressed if you add some more pullies and hook it up to an exercise bicycle as an alterative power source. :)

-- Scott, San Diego

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#7 posted 04-03-2008 09:41 PM

Very cool project Lance.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#8 posted 04-03-2008 10:18 PM

Very interesting Lance. I await the next episode.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#9 posted 04-03-2008 10:25 PM

I would like to see how this turns out also. I would like to build one too. I particularly think the power feed is a substantial upgrade from the shopnotes one. Can you adjust the feed speed with that motor? I was going to build mine like the Delta with thickness adjusted by raising the feed bed with Acme all thread. 6’ and 4 nuts for ~ $20… ( Chain ($5) and sprockets ($.75ea.)from surplus center ~ $10. Keep us posted…

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

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#10 posted 04-03-2008 10:28 PM

If your power source proves weak, can I recommend a hamster wheel and a few hamsters?

I am impressed with your work. Looks like a great project.

-- making sawdust....

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#11 posted 04-03-2008 10:29 PM

A man after my own heart… but I wish you wouldn’t dangle these shiny objects in front of my face ;)

-- Tom, Central New York

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#12 posted 04-03-2008 10:32 PM

Nice project. You will really enjoy having a thickness sander. Hope the shoulder heals soon.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#13 posted 04-03-2008 10:50 PM

Nice, I seen this in shop notes and am gonna make me one when I get back on my feet. It looks like it works good. mike

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

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#14 posted 04-04-2008 02:52 AM

Hey Charger. Welcome to LumberJocks. Looks Like you are fitting right in. Enjoy

P.S. You know I really like your sander.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#15 posted 04-04-2008 04:24 PM


This is exactly the design I have been working on. I never thought of using the window motor though. I was trying to find a small 110V motor. Good idea.

I have basically just worked on the design and gather materials so far. What did you make your drum out of?

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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