Lumberjock Poop, or Wood-Nuts

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Project by CueballRosendaul posted 08-12-2012 11:59 PM 5913 views 58 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had LJ Member Filinvested’s Scraps to Beads project in my favorites list for a while. and have been milling it around in my head for a few weeks. I agree with another LJ who posted in the comments that it would be way better to use a variable speed fan motor, much quieter and no brushes to wear down. Unfortunately I don’t have an extra fan or motor laying around, but I did find this old drill that I never use. It is not a variable speed, pull the trigger and hang on because it spins about 2000 RPM. It does have a very tight chuck and a trigger lock though. Best of all if I roach it I’m only out the $2 I gave for it at a garage sale. It was pretty noisy, so if I was in the shop, I sat it outside. The brick kept it from walking away too far. If you use a motor like this, keep in mind that you may have to add a few drops of oil to keep it from screaming.

I used two different coffee cans and spray adhesive to hold the paper to the sides. I started with little cubes and rectangles of scrap oak, cherry, walnut, and maple with some 80 grit paper. It ran for hours and hours before I decided to step back to 40 grit. The 40 did in 30 minutes what took the 80 grit 6 hours to do. So I went 40, 80, 150, 220. When i started the batch, I could only run a handful of pieces at a time because they locked up and stayed flat in the bottom of the can instead of bouncing. I just kept checking it every 20 minutes, pulling out ones that were shaped or sanded fine or getting too small, and adding a few more. The last run with 220 was the full batch and I let it run for over an hour until most of the grit was gone and it was down to paper. Then I replaced the disc with a piece of cardboard, and lined the can with construction paper. I took a few of the warm beads and scooped some paste wax up and dropped them in. I also took a small shop rag and laid it on top of the batch. Within seconds, all were covered with wax and heated up. After about 30 minutes they were shiny and done.

This was a proof of concept project before I make a better machine for doing it. I’d like to make a drill press attachment that can handle this. I’d like to experiment with some segmented and exotic pieces.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#1 posted 08-13-2012 12:35 AM

Wow that’s pretty cool. I can see them used in many projects too.

-- "I'm a lumbrjock and I'm OK..."

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#2 posted 08-13-2012 12:39 AM

Yes, after making them, I realized they would be handy for drawer pulls or box handles. I’ll also probably replace the ceiling fan pendants in our living room with a pair of these. Right now I have them in a jar in the living room so my woodworking friends and family can say, “how’d you do that?”

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#3 posted 08-13-2012 12:48 AM

Oh man, I love these. Like river stones made out of wood, only so much warmer and inviting. Put a glass bowl full on a side table and all your guests will be picking them up. They will all be relaxed and smiling before you serve the first drink!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#4 posted 08-13-2012 03:09 AM

Totally trick ! What does the paper lining of the can do ?

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#5 posted 08-13-2012 03:30 AM

The paper just polishes them, actually burnishes them smooth.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#6 posted 08-13-2012 03:40 AM

Very cool thanks for sharing,


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#7 posted 08-13-2012 03:13 PM

hey, congrats on Top Three – this obviously caught a few people’s eyes!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#8 posted 08-13-2012 05:57 PM

very beautiful !! now I know what to do with those pieces that are too small for my other ‘projects’....thanks for posting this and showing me another wonderful way to use those too small pieces !!

-- the dumbest question is the one you dont ask !!

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#9 posted 08-13-2012 06:21 PM

Definitely an eye catcher! You almost got me fooled! Good one!

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#10 posted 08-13-2012 09:27 PM

I am so diggin this concept. What a great idea.

-- Chuck.. aka Pickpapa`'`'`'`'`'` The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. Heb. 1:3

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#11 posted 08-13-2012 11:27 PM

If that is poop, someone needs a little fiber in the diet LOL!

-- Brian, North Georgia

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#12 posted 08-13-2012 11:47 PM

Idea from a former machine designer and currently broke ass woodworker. Cardboard tubes for concrete forms come are sold at big box home improvement stores. Shipping companies have cardboard tubes too but the cement forms are thicker and will stay round and quieter then the coffee can. Buy a 4 footer and cut at 12 inch lengths. Line each inside diameter with different grits of sand paper, you can close the open ends with plywood and glue. Make the plywood caps round with a router and an edge trim bit with a bearing. It becomes an internal sanding drum.
Keep that drill motor, and stack the drums in a configuration that will spin all the drums at the same time by powering one on an axle and the rest would slave off that one. The ones on the outside would slip a bit and spin at a lower rpm ( all of this is in my head). If your clever you wouldn’t need to make axles for the rest of them they would just be in contact with the powered one on the outside diameter and each other. Like a planetary gear <=== (do a Google image search on this) and the outside drums would have a tunble effect while the internal one would be your final finish with no or minimal tumbling. Should be about the cost of the tube and sand paper and a sheet of 5/32 OSB ?

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#13 posted 12-04-2012 09:18 PM

VERY cool stuff! Thanks for the details.

-- ToGoMan ------ "No ONE of us knows as much as ALL of us." (anon.) ----

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#14 posted 12-04-2012 09:32 PM

That is neat. It makes me wonder how we will sand wood in the future – bead blasters?

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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