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    home made thickness sander

    issue #86 of shop notes has an article about using your table saw to drive a drumsander using a pulley mounted to the table saw arbor with a v belt driving the sander. it looks like it could work pretty well, i was curious if anyone has ever done something like this?

    im gonna be in the market for a new table saw soon and was wondering what to do with my current one, i might have to try this out if you guys think it would even be possible. does anyone know the article im speaking of?

    here is shopnotes online extra for the article which shows a picture and has a cutting list

    http://www.shopnotes.com/issues/086/...ckness-sander/

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    I have this issue & it is one of my favorites. I think it would work ok & it may even be possible to make it a bit wider.
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    i found another page of discussion on different ways to build these

    http://www.mimf.com/archives/thickness_sander2.htm

    and here is another site that has instructions on making an easier but much more crude looking version

    http://www.southwestsegments.com/drumsander/
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    This guy made a pretty slick looking thickness sander. I am thinking about doing something similar. I have a few ideas, but using a portable planer to self-feed it is just one idea.

    http://www.rockslide.org/drum%20sander.html
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    sander

    I read that article - and I found a detailed web site of a guy that made the same sander with several modifications - one of which is a powered feed roller system.

    I am thinking on a thickness sander build in the not too distant future myself.

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    after trying most of the low budget sanding options i`m of the opinion a fellow is better off both financially and quality wise to carry your work to a shop with a widebelt or good drum sander and give the shop owner a few bucks to run your stuff.
    i do this for a couple of local folks and believe it`s just common courtesy.
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    You make a very valid point Tod,and its certainly a way for a woodworker to use the best available and yet not have to go spring for the expensive wide belt sander.

    In some ways I have the same option. I certainly could take anything I make and lug it to work and use their wide belt sander, but its kind of a hassle. Certainly if I had a wide belt sander at my home shop, I would find many, many uses for it I normally would not do if I had to lug my projects all over creation.

    After using a Gilliom Bandsaw,and seeing what impressive results can be made out of home-made woodworking tools, I have come to the conclusion that with a bit of ingenuity, a lot of research, some luck and a whole lot of fun making the thing, some impressive home-spun tools can be made.
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    i agree 100% travis........for most stuff.
    when it comes to sanders it`s a whole `nuther animal, sanders must be dead on accurate across their width and have enough power delivered at the correct speed to remove stock without loading the paper or burning the work.
    most commercially available drum sanders don`t have this equation solved so asking a "homebrew" to do the job very well might be pushing it for most folks. i believe ad used to work designing widebelts you might ask him?
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    Yeah I see your point. I have a few ideas that I am mulling over to compete with the entire drum sanding concept. Some are outside the box ideas, so I'll wait to prove them before I embarrass myself here. The other thing to keep in mind is that I have the machinist mentality so precision does not scare me like some home-brewed concoctions would.
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    here`s a thought.....one i`ve seen in action that works,
    a friend built an arm to control a random orbit sander so as to sand sashes without tipping the sander and gouging the work.....
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