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I´ll begin with my first homemade guitar project in a couple of days (or weeks ?), I have some tools (manual drill, drill press, router, etc) but need a sanding station.

I live in Argentina and is impossible to buy something like the RoboSander because nobody sells it here and the shipping charges to my country are very expensive. :D

My only solution was, hey why not build a similar tool ? B)

Following are the list of material, instructions and pics, please excuse me for my poor english but is not my natural language.

List of materials :

1. Steel bolt aprox 5¨ long x 5/16.

2. Flat washers 1 1/2¨ (that fits your size of bolt).

1. Aluminum tubular bar aprox 3 1/16¨ long x 1 2/16¨ thickness.

6. Aluminum tube pieces aprox 3 2/16¨ long x 1 2/16¨ interior size.

2. Small screws for metal.

1. Flat washer 1¨ (that fits your size of bolt).

1. Star washer (that fits your size of bolt).

1. Spring washer (that fits your size of bolt).

1. Wing nut (that fits your size of bolt).

1. Thin sheet of sandpaper (mine is not paper is fabric)

1. Midium sheet of sandpaper.

1. Thick sheet of sandpaper.

Steps to follow :

a. You have to cut the head of the bolt.

b. Make two holes in one of the big flat washer in line with the central hole. This holes must be threaded to the size of the small screws for metal.

c. Solder this washer to the bolt (aprox 1¨ from its beginning).

d. Make one hole in the center of the aluminum bar, across it that fits your steel bolt.

e. Make two small holes in the aluminum bar in line with the central hole that fits the small screws for metal.

At this time the aluminum bar must fits the steel bolt and the two small screws in the flat washer. Check it, please.

f. Cut a piece of sandpaper and use contact glue to stick it to one aluminum tube.

g. Join the parts of the tool and use it !

You can have 6 alunimum tubes ready with sandpaper (2 with thin, 2 with midium and 2 with thick sandpaper). When the sandpaper is smooth you have to put it of, clean the aluminum tube with solvent and stick a new one.

Here are the pics (one pic explains more than 1000 words !)

sander6.jpg

All the parts separated :

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii186/a...ion/sander1.jpg

Assembling the tool :

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii186/a...ion/sander2.jpg

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii186/a...ion/sander3.jpg

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii186/a...ion/sander4.jpg

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii186/a...ion/sander5.jpg

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii186/a...ion/sander6.jpg

You can use it in a drill press :

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii186/a...on/sander14.jpg

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii186/a...on/sander13.jpg

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii186/a...on/sander12.jpg

Sander Table :

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii186/a...on/sander15.jpg

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii186/a...on/sander16.jpg

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii186/a...on/sander18.jpg

Or just in a manual drill :

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii186/a...on/sander21.jpg

Hope that helps !

Have a nice day :D

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I don't have the robo sander. I also dint look all your linked pictures.

I hate to bring you down to earth with all the work you did but I believe metal against a pattern was a bad Idea. If the metal on the bottom is not free floating (you are able to stop the metal guide motion in a running drill press) it will rip up your pattern.

I don't have the robo sander (hey a tool I don't have) but I believe the rub disk is free floating on a bearing type mount so it stops moving when the pattern is against the surface. If I am wrong you robo sander owners let me know. Makes sense that the pattern you use does not get torn up against a rotating object. Same concept as a router bearing, at least when its properly cleaned and lubricated.

It probably would have been easier to modify an existing sanding drum than trying to reinvent the wheel, but you did a very good job just not sure it will work as you envisioned. Hopefully I am wrong.

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I don't have the robo sander. I also dint look all your linked pictures.

I hate to bring you down to earth with all the work you did but I believe metal against a pattern was a bad Idea. If the metal on the bottom is not free floating (you are able to stop the metal guide motion in a running drill press) it will rip up your pattern.

Hi Woodenspoke, don´t worry, I don´t use this tool to follow a pattern, if you look carefully to the pics you can see that the table covers the big flat washer. The idea was to have a tool to sand the borders of the wood but without a pattern (specially curved pieces of wood not straight lines). If I want to use patterns I have to replace the washer with a free wheel or something like that (like you mention) but was not my original idea. I tested the tool with a piece of mahogany and works ok. The final test will be in about ten days when I´ll begin with my first guitar project. Thanks for your cooperation :D

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You mentioned Robo Sander and I thought thats what you wanted to build. I cant believe you dont have standard sanding drums in your country. Strangley I have relatives in your country but have no clue who or where they are.

Anyway good luck with your drum sander. I guess it's hard for someone from the US to grasp not having a dozen choices for every tool made. You neeed a good chinese connection forget the US.

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You mentioned Robo Sander and I thought thats what you wanted to build. I cant believe you dont have standard sanding drums in your country. Strangley I have relatives in your country but have no clue who or where they are.

Anyway good luck with your drum sander. I guess it's hard for someone from the US to grasp not having a dozen choices for every tool made. You neeed a good chinese connection forget the US.

Yes, I can buy a drum sander in my country, but only professional ones, not for hobby purpose :D

And nothing for about 5 bucks and 2 hours of free time on weekend...

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You mentioned Robo Sander and I thought thats what you wanted to build. I cant believe you dont have standard sanding drums in your country. Strangley I have relatives in your country but have no clue who or where they are.

Anyway good luck with your drum sander. I guess it's hard for someone from the US to grasp not having a dozen choices for every tool made. You neeed a good chinese connection forget the US.

Yes, I can buy a drum sander in my country, but only professional ones, not for hobby purpose :D

And nothing for about 5 bucks and 2 hours of free time on weekend...

Cant argue with you there $5.

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That's an awesome robosander, chabón.

In Argentina is difficult to get a router, that's the principal tool that we need. Then you need also a lot of things, like rulers that they are freaking expensive also. And a ton of more stuff.

Saludos!

Hi PTU´s, thank you for your kind words. About the router I bought a Skil one at Easy 6 months ago. About usd $ 100.00, and 12 payments with credit card. :D

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