Update on the Thickness Sander

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Project by charger1966 posted 04-19-2008 02:14 AM 4286 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well Guys and Gals, Here is an update on the Thickness Sander I’m building. I have good news and bad. First the Bad, The idea of the power window motor is a bust. Turns out it doesnt have enough torque. So due to the Lack of money I will be making it a manual ( Crank) feed for now. The good news is It sanded it’s first piece of lumber today. I’ll post a picture of it with it’s sandpaper in place and I’ll post a 30 sec. video of it sanding it’s first piece. More to follow. The micro adjust system and the dust collection hood. Thanks for looking.

-- "Keep Miaking That Sawdust," Lance

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#1 posted 04-19-2008 02:16 AM

Pretty cool! Keep working on the feed though. It makes a big difference.

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

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#2 posted 04-19-2008 03:11 AM

i am amazd with your ingenuity. Keep us posted

-- making sawdust....

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#3 posted 04-19-2008 03:45 AM

Congratulations on building a working unit. This is an interesting post.

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

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Callum Kendall

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#4 posted 04-19-2008 01:11 PM

Great work, keep us up to date :)

Thanks for the post


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#5 posted 04-19-2008 03:26 PM

Thanks for the update. This is a great project. Looks like the manual feed crank works well. That is faster than my commercial one. I am amazed the drum didn’t launch that board across the shop without some kind of hold down. Can you gear down your feed motor and make it work? Have you tried using a car battery instead of a power supply? What holds the paper to the drum? keep up the good work.

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

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#6 posted 04-19-2008 04:32 PM

You might want to try a motor from the sliding side door on a minivan. I have used window motors and van door motors on different projects in the past. The van door motor is a similar package size but has more torque.
I too am curious what stops the drum from shooting the board across the workshop when it comes out.

-- Kyle Shipp,

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#7 posted 04-19-2008 07:34 PM

I would imagine that the 120 grit sand paper conveyor is what keeps the wood from flying. As for what holds down the paper the drum, wedges made out of Oak screwed to the drum. Thanks for the comments. and other info.

-- "Keep Miaking That Sawdust," Lance

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#8 posted 04-19-2008 10:32 PM

i like this project also great job ! a winch or hoist motor might work also they are geared down to about the right speed and have plenty of power

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#9 posted 04-20-2008 12:50 PM

Your feed system looks interesting Lance. Thanks for the video clip. Readers might not have seen my version:

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Or Dave’s

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

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#10 posted 07-22-2009 03:31 AM

Maybe try a powerwheels motor and gear box. Can be had pretty cheaply on ebay, and with some gearing and some voltage manipulation, you could further control it’s speed. They can handle 6 volt, 12 volt, and some people mod them to 18 volt, so a variable from 3 and up could work out for you.

I have one on my drill press table now.

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