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Old 06-15-2021, 11:21 AM
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Round Tuits by the 25 pack!

I think I got one of those 25 years ago in a personal improvement class by Zig ziglar that my workplace at the time offered.


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Old 06-15-2021, 12:23 PM
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I useta fantasize about cloning myself (less explanations to minions) til I saw the movie Multiplicity - the thought of more "helpers" around that were as stubborn as I am (and each one dumber than the last) was enough to scrap THAT idea ... Steve
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I useta fantasize about cloning myself (less explanations to minions) til I saw the movie Multiplicity - the thought of more "helpers" around that were as stubborn as I am (and each one dumber than the last) was enough to scrap THAT idea ... Steve
I wouldn't mind a few clones of myself but we'd be constantly talking to ourselves like "what'd you say? what'd you say?"
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Lazy? or smart? As I mentioned, I referenced plans, but winged it alot, depending on what material I had in stock. ie the 1x2" tube for the platen frame. I did not have a lot of 1/2" plate and liked the wheels being supported on both sides. I don't know the advantages of one over the other.

Are you looking for variable speed? What size motor? Horizontal option? I could see that as being very handy. I think, when I started, my criteria was variable speed, horizontal option, use a treadmill motor. I kind of liked the pressurized tube instead of a spring for belt tension so I went that direction.
I like your idea of using a treadmill motor, round here we get hard waste roadside collections a few times a year and there are often treadmills being chucked out. The plans allow for it to turn on it’s side but don’t know if I will do that. I have been sidetracked with a guitar refurbish so will have to get back to it, I sorted the steel but haven’t picked it up yet. This is really a side project, most of my energy goes in making batches of steel wheels for garden ornaments which I sell so I keep threatening to do it between wheels but there is a bit of demand for them so it gets put back again.
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Old 06-17-2021, 05:38 AM
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I like your idea of using a treadmill motor, round here we get hard waste roadside collections a few times a year and there are often treadmills being chucked out. The plans allow for it to turn on it’s side but don’t know if I will do that. I have been sidetracked with a guitar refurbish so will have to get back to it, I sorted the steel but haven’t picked it up yet. This is really a side project, most of my energy goes in making batches of steel wheels for garden ornaments which I sell so I keep threatening to do it between wheels but there is a bit of demand for them so it gets put back again.

The question is would the sander help make the parts for the wheels? Then it could be put higher up in priority list.


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Old 06-17-2021, 07:55 PM
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No, I already pondered that, it will happen but I’m easily side tracked so it could be awhile.
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Old 06-17-2021, 10:05 PM
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lol..yea, that helps. I did use the sander to shape or finish parts for parts of the sander. I did think that was ironic (or efficient)

When you really need it, you will set time aside for it. I think that is the way most of us hobbyists work. We can do a lot of good stuff, but the problem is what will be worthy of our time (today, this week, this month?...)

I retired in January and find that I can focus more. I don't have to walk away from a job. I can be a slow learner sometimes (ie, 3 days to figure out threading on a lathe) but when working, I would have given up and it would have been another unfinished job.

So when YOU are ready is the best time. If you are getting by now, then it is not a priority, and not a priority.

Hopefully, these posts help you though. I have not used the horizontal mode much ie, at all, but if I am doing wood working and want to sand some end grain, I think that will be when I appreciate the option.

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Old 06-18-2021, 11:21 AM
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Nice looking belt sander! I finished mine last year (I think) but my controller for the treadmill motor went out and I haven't found a replacement for it yet. I thought it was the motor but had it tested and they said it was fine so it must be the controller. Not sure what to do, I may have to get some of those round tuits myself soon.
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Old 06-20-2021, 01:20 PM
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Nice looking belt sander! I finished mine last year (I think) but my controller for the treadmill motor went out and I haven't found a replacement for it yet. I thought it was the motor but had it tested and they said it was fine so it must be the controller. Not sure what to do, I may have to get some of those round tuits myself soon.
Thanks Scratch. Nice thing about treadmills are that many use standard parts so if you can find another treadmill, perhaps you can grab another controller. There seem to be a couple of variations of them, but also some good websites where guys have modified them for use. The biggest difference I have noted so far is that some require a pulse train to trigger the controller and some just need the external potentiometer. I have both around here but used the simple one for this sander.

Wanted ads on your local Kijiji or Craigs list might produce a treadmill with controller pretty quick..?

Good luck with yours.
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Old 06-20-2021, 02:32 PM
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Nice looking belt sander! I finished mine last year (I think) but my controller for the treadmill motor went out and I haven't found a replacement for it yet. I thought it was the motor but had it tested and they said it was fine so it must be the controller. Not sure what to do, I may have to get some of those round tuits myself soon.
Does the motor have any information on it? Or old controller? Voltage in and voltage out info any where?

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