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redyak3
03-29-2015, 09:22 AM
I'm excited about this Pat Hawley designed thickness sander. The sandpaper from Online Industrial Supply seems good. Used some scrap mahogany as a test and I'm happy. I can get 4 strips from a 10 yard roll. 120 grit did fine, took it down to .075 nice and even.
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tobinsuke
03-29-2015, 01:32 PM
Looks and sounds like a nice setup. How does the dust collection fare?

ModlrMike
03-29-2015, 03:55 PM
That's on my list of things to make. I can't see paying $800 for something I can make for $150.

little timber
03-29-2015, 05:18 PM
I made one of these and it had such bad vibration issues that it was virtually unuseble. Did you have that problem?

redyak3
03-29-2015, 07:22 PM
I made one of these and it had such bad vibration issues that it was virtually unuseble. Did you have that problem?
No bad vibration issues here. Just had to make sure everything was in "perfect" alignment. I set the center of upper shaft to center of the lower with a laser, and aligned the pillow block bearings to each other with a framing square. The vibration issue I had was the table adjustment rod would back out. I had a brass threaded insert from another project and used that with a bolt to act as a set screw to keep the rod from moving. I just finished profiling and thicknessing some sides as the first sides I bent was not to my liking. Still working on my first uke, this sander can only help me going forward. The dust collection works nicely.

ModlrMike
03-29-2015, 07:48 PM
In the original article here (http://woodgears.ca/sander/thickness.html), they recommend fixing the motor to the base once suitable tension is achieved.

redyak3
03-29-2015, 08:44 PM
In the original article here (http://woodgears.ca/sander/thickness.html), they recommend fixing the motor to the base once suitable tension is achieved.
Yup that sure helped, the free plans from woodgears shows that as well.

ksquine
03-30-2015, 04:11 AM
Nice sander. I gotta get around to making one of those someday