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Discussion in 'FAQs' started by Steam Donkey, Nov 9, 2003.
Here is my "homemade" setup fpr cutting stripwood.....
Sorry, I guess that I need to do some more homework on posting photos on this forum.
Welcome to the -gauge, RC!!!
At the top of the page is a link called Adding Images which 'splains it all.
Love to see what you have, if you can't get it to go, you can just e-mail it to me, and I'll post it on your behalf
I wonder if this is the same or similar to what you got for $5. This is in the Micro Mark catalog for $100!
Stan: I use what Bill has done, I use a balsa stripper, got it at a hobby shop that specializes in model aircraft. I get my coupons out of the paper for Michaels and buy three inch and four inch width balsa sheets, usually the one sixteenth thickness size.
With the aid of a #11 blade you can sit and strip away at whatever width you want. If you want thicker sheets they sell them also. Ron..
For those who where interested I've posted pictures of the auxiliary table on my band saw and the finished version of the surface sander. At www.rustystumps.com, go to bottom of page for the links.
I too tried the Balsa Stripper and wasn't happy with the results. I found it tended to wander and thus I had a lot of waste. Each to his own I guess.
Thanks for the info, Walt. I moved your comma outside the link tags, so the link will work.
Thanks for the tip Ron, but I'm going to be using some harder woods in my scratch building, and knowing my luck, I may slice off more from my fingers than the wood!
Walt, that's a nice looking sanding setup! It reminds me of the homemade one I used about 15 years ago in the cabinet shop I worked at. One question, it appears you manually feed the wood into the sander on a sliding board (please correct me if I'm wrong), how does the wood "stick" to the board when it goes under the drum?
Yah, that looks just like my little saw. Glad to finaly see that someone thought it was worth wile to keep in production. Now mabie I can get some parts to compleat my set.
Steam Donkey, No, the board doesn't slide it's a tight fit to the table. I had to add it because I had originally built the unit for a much larger drum and rather than take it all apart I just added the extra table.
This was a good move as I was able to force slide it back and forth under the sanding drum to true it to the drum something I couldn't have done with the fixed table.
The wood is hand fed, single pieces or multiples depending on the width being sanded. The sewing machine motor isn't really strong enough and if I try to take too much off at one time it will stall. I can remove about .005 with each pass.
I've kicked around the idea of making these as a commercial venture but the cost to get going at it would be more than I'm willing to chance. I would do the sides in fiberglass reinforce resin and use thruss bearing set into the side frames rather than the pillow blocks. As I said, the motors would be another matter to deal with. It was fun to build.