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Discussion in 'The DIY Tool Shed' started by RogerC, Jun 19, 2015.

  1. RogerC

    RogerC Poster Extraordinaire

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    So as you all know by now, the part of my process I hate is sanding the fretboard radius. I've been trying to figure out how to build a belt sander from an old treadmill so I could rig up a radius jig and get away from hand sanding.

    Well, I've got a friend at church who owns 2 very successful businesses, and he mentioned that he had this sitting in his shop. It's never been used or even set up.

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    He wanted to know if I could use it, and of course I told him yes, so now it's sitting in my shop. The best part? Oh yeah, he GAVE it to me! For FREE!! :eek:

    He said he just wanted to bless me with it. I told him there's no way to adequately convey how much I appreciated what he did.
     
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    Cool... that made me want to be blessed with a thinline tele or other :)
     
  3. adirondak5

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    Wow , thats a great gift he gave you Roger !
     
  4. R. Stratenstein

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    Wow, what a blessing, indeed! I wonder if you could adapt the Grizzly attachment for sanding radii to it, or better yet, it's the same machine with another name & the Grizzly attachment bolts right up to it.

    In any case, very happy for you, my friend, couldn't have happened to a better guy. :D
     
  5. guitarbuilder

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    Cool. You'll find a sander like that is pretty handy.
     
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    That is a blessing indeed, to a great and generous guy, you deserve it my friend!

    Can't wait to see it in action.
     
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    Sweet! It'd be pretty simple to make the swinging armature, especially compared to turning a treadmill into a belt sander. :lol:
     
  8. RogerC

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    No kiddin', Herb. I was blown away.

    I've been researching that, but it looks like it would be quite a bit of work to do (lots of mods to have to make). I did some looking around last night and found a beautifully simple version that I should be able to build from scratch today for about $60. It uses black pipe, all thread, square tubing, and miscellaneous bits and pieces.

    Yeah, I've been wanting one of these for quite a while now.

    Thank you, Andre.

    Yeah, but not nearly as much fun :D
     
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    I hope you have really small feet Roger, otherwise you're going to find it difficult to jog on that.;)

    Seriously, very cool.
     
  10. R. Stratenstein

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    Yeah, and well-calloused, too. Methinks some 100-grit would be hard on the bottom of those pinkies! :D

    A simple, $60 DIY swing arm attachment sounds like just what the doctor ordered. Can't wait to see you build it, and use it.

    [Soon, Dog Tired Amalgamated Industries will have a whole big factory devoted to nothing but putting radii on fretboards. A building which the CEO and president NEVER visits, cuz he hates it so much! :D]
     
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  12. RogerC

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    :lol: It's not the size of my feet that worries me. It's the speed of the motor :eek:

    Well, no need to wait, Mr. Stratenstein. See my next post :D

    And as long as I've got fancy jigs and tools to do the job, then I don't mind it. If it comes down to manual labor, though, forget about it :twisted:

    Yeah, I really like Grizzly's stuff.
     
  13. RogerC

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    New Home Made Jig Day

    Well, today I decided I needed to go ahead and rig up my swing-arm fretboard radius sanding jig. It started with a 2 hr trip to Lowe's to get:
    -- 1/2" black pipe (which they cut into two 24" sections and two 6" sections)
    -- 2 floor flanges
    -- 1.5" square tubing
    -- 1/2"-13 x 36" all-thread
    -- two 1/4" x 2.5" eye bolts
    -- six 1/2" nuts
    -- two 1/2" PVC compression T fittings

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    First I screwed the 24" pipe into the floor flanges.
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    And screwed the 6" pipe into the T section of the compression fittings.
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    In order for the compression fittings to slide onto the 24" section of pipe, I needed to thin the rubber bushings.
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    And then I put the compression fittings back together and slid them onto the pipe.
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    Then I drilled 1/4" holes in the 6" sections of pipe.
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    And inserted the eye bolts.
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    Then I cut my square tubing to proper length - 24"
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    And inserted the all-thread with a bolt in either side.
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    Then I attached everything to a base. I inserted the top of the all-thread into the eye bolts and secured with 1/2" nuts. I still need 2 more, though, so I can have 1 nut on both sides of the eye bolts to lock everything together.

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    Now I loosen the compression fittings and slide each side to the appropriate radius, then attach the fretboard to the bottom side of the tubing and swing to sand. This should take me about 30 seconds as opposed to 4 hrs. I'm pretty pumped.
     
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    SCHWEET!

    I have a belt sander that's long enough for a FB, I think; somehow I never thought seriously about building one a these...
     
  15. RogerC

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    Yeah, after looking at the Grizzly version for a while, I was really thinking it would be a lot harder. This is very solid, though, and amazingly simple. I've not used it for a fretboard yet, though, so I may be in for a rude awakening, but I really think this will work nicely.
     
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    Radius jig

    Don't have a large belt sander myself, lucky pickup there Rog! I do have a home-made radius jig pic below. It seems to work very well too. Will you be able to do compounds on that unit Roger?

    Walked outside just before and was greeted by the scene in the last pic. Venus and the Moon with another smaller star in between, a lot better in real life than my small camera pix.
     

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    That's cool.
     
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    it's our mate Jupiter the big one.. Venus being the smaller dot...:)
     
  19. Mr. Lumbergh

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    Way cool man! The only thing better than new tools are free new tools.
     
  20. trev333

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    actually, it's the other way around, looking at tonight's star chart . sorry...

    Venus is brighter and Jupiter the smaller dot...

    I saw it earlier myself and wondered what the 3rd one was... it's gone now or clouded over?... I don't get a good western horizon view here with a ridge/trees in the way....
     
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