What is this sanding disc and where could I find one?


There are many motors out there that are suitable for a benchtop disc sander. However, free motors are the best motors. If you can find any motor second hand, that would be best for this project. You want to find a motor that is at least 1/2 HP (3/4 HP or 1HP would be best). The motor that I used, was from an old swamp cooler. It's rated at 3/4 HP with two speeds, 1725 RPM and 1140 RPM. Most 12 inch commercial disc sanders (that I looked at) are somewhere between 1600 and 1800 RPM making my motor perfect!

Make sure that you know what way your motor spins before making this project. Most motors are reversible, but not all. The motor I used runs clockwise (backwards from most, if not all disc sanders). I could have taken the time to see if my motor was reversible, but I didn't care. Just be sure to always use the 'downstroke' of the disc when in use to keep all your fingers where they should be. If your motor does not spin clockwise, you will want to move the dust collection...

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Beach Sand verses Silica Sand in a side by side test.

This question comes up at least once a week in Our Private Members Area. The subject of what sand to use for rooting cuttings is confusing, so lets see if we can make it easier.

In just about everything that I write or videos that we shoot I talk about the coarse sand that I use for rooting cuttings. But this is a very confusing subject because I’ve never actually seen sand sold under the product name “coarse sand”. Sometimes what you are looking for is called sharp sand, or concrete sand.

If you intend to use the Automated Plant Propagation System, and you should because it makes rooting cuttings insanely easy, sand is often the best rooting medium to use.

But it varies so much because sand is local to each region so it will be very different from area to area. Because it is so heavy, it’s not usually trucked very far, but instead mined and sold everywhere you can find a gravel pit.

Can I use...

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I'm missing 1 last data disc in mission 7...
I have been using a forum from here showing some "brief" hints for the game, however for some of them I couldnt think about where they meant. I already had 6 data discs found when I started using the forum, so it was hard to remember which I had and havent found.
From using the FAQ, I know which ones I have found:
1. Go to the right side of the street and jump on the brown box, then jump up to the blue awning and then the roof. Blow the hole in the wall with a frag grenade and you'll see the disc.
4. In the sewers under the tunnel
6. On top of a subway train when you first enter the subway
7. As soon as you enter the subway tunnel on the left
8. Under the right staircase near the subway you need to move
9. In the room with the organic locks and egg sacs, you'll see it under one in plain sight.

For 8 + 9, I'm just pressuming I have them, I understood the hints for them and when I got there,...

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This video is a start to finish look at how I made my disc sander from scratch. At first it sounded like a fairly easy project, but as things usually go, it took a lot longer than I was anticipating. The first thing I did was order a 1HP motor and GS2 VFD (variable frequency drive) from www.AutomationDirect.com, I was very pleased with their selection, pricing, and free shipping to Canada. After that I went ahead and started making my own sanding disc out of aluminum. I used a 10" x 10" plate of 1/4" aluminum and the hub was 2" dia x 2" long aluminum round bar. I got the idea from an article I read on CNCCookbook:

Using my Tormach milling machine I was able to mill the square plate into a round disc that is 8.75" diameter and drill a few bolt holes through the center. Then I drilled and tapped those holes into the hub. Once I got them bolted together I tried it out on the motor and noticed some serious vibration, no surprise...

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Microsoft Windows users

Microsoft Windows users can determine what CD drive is currently installed in their computer by following the steps below.

Open System Information. Within the System Information window, click the + symbol next to Components. If you see "CD-ROM," click it once to display the CD-ROM in the left window. Otherwise, click "+" next to "Multimedia" and then click "CD-ROM" to see the CD-ROM information in the left window.

Tip: Under "Media Type" the System Information tool lists what media the drive is capable of reading/writing. For example, it may contain "DVD writer" which means it's capable of reading and writing CDs and DVDs.

Note: Although Microsoft Windows may list a CD-ROM drive as being installed, this may only be a compatible drive to what is installed in the computer.

Other methods of obtaining additional information about the CD-ROM

You can also determine what CD drive by physically inspecting the drive; below is a...

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Q: What is the difference between the Windows 7 System Recovery disc that came with my computer, and the System Image you describe how to make in Windows 7 For Dummies?

And in what order do I use those if something goes wrong? Do I have to use them all?

A: Earlier, I explained how to create a System Image – a complete backup of your C: drive, which includes Windows, your programs, and the files in your libraries.

I also explained how a System Recovery disc differs from a Windows 7 System Repair disc. Here’s some more information to help you use them each in the right way:

System Recovery Disc: Tossed in with many new computers, the System Recovery disc is designed to handle only the most dire of emergencies: when your computer crashes, and you’re left with no other option. A System Recovery disc completely erases everything on your computer – Windows, your programs, and all of your files. Simply put, it returns your computer to its “as originally sold”...

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Avoiding Sanding Disc Edge Marks

by Phil Colson

Note: click any picture to see a larger version.

Have you ever sanded with a disc holder and disc and find that you have left sanding disc edge marks in the bowl? I have. The wave sanding discs are designed to wrap under the holder so this won't happen. The wave sanding discs are good, but I personally like the H&L sanding discs for turners we offer at Highland. The velcro on these discs just won't let go.

The disc holder and the discs are the same diameter, but what if I could make the disc holder smaller so that when I sanded, the disc would roll under?

I put my talon chuck with the smooth spigot jaws on the lathe and put the holder in the jaws. These jaws will close down to 1/4", perfect for holding the disc...

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Foam Ball Sander

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This article was published in the Spring 2008 edition of Woodturning Design.

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Foam Ball Sander as an 11 page pdf


I’ve been spending a whole lot of time lately writing a book on Woodturning Accessories for All American Crafts, the publishers of Woodturning Design. I discovered while working on an expansion of an earlier...

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In the final analysis the quality and beauty of your work will either fly high or, crash miserably based on one thing, how well you sanded every part of the boat.

I've never met anyone who knew how to sand.

People "follow the leader" and do what the next guy is doing. Even "professionals" learned this way. There is only one reason for not liking sanding, because it's not working!

If you learn how to sand a stripper it will be fast and easy, and the results, wonderful.

Sanding SEEMS like a no brainer. Buy a sander, put some sandpaper on it and sand. But then, it's no fun when the sandpaper clogs up and you're moving the thing back and forth and nothing's happening. "This stupid thing doesn't work," is a common response. So people do something silly like pick up a block plane and use that, because they can see it's doing something. I mention a block plane because some builders suggest you use one, I don't!

You should have results as clearly when...

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Ehhhh . . .kinda works. 5/31/2017

I bought this little lathe to make a few small spindles. I have three different electric drills, a Ryobi and two different Hitachi drills none of which were able to fit properly in the tool with the adaptor provided. Seems to me that at least two slightly different size adapters might be useful. Once I did get it functioning properly by kinda messing up one of the drills chuck, it performed "adequately" at best. With the paint on the tool rest, it simply would not fit in tool rest holder without scraping off all the paint from the rest itself.Not sure I'd call it a "Hobby" lathe, it more like one step above a toy lathe. This being said, I suppose for the low cost, I got what I paid for, since I didn't pay much. I'd love to see a grizzly lathe in the 150 dollar range, even if it was this lathe, but with a small motor and a bit more attention paid to fit and finish.

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Compared to the 1x30 inch sanders on the market, this seemed to be a better, more robust solution. I wasn't really expecting to need to do so much "fiddling" to get it right, however. Initially, I was disappointed that the literature indicated a TEFC motor, yet this does NOT have one. The drive belt supplied had an awful "knob" at the seam, and caused way too much vibration. Grizzly support was very good, however, in helping me with replacement parts including the disc that stripped the set screw threads immediately, and a much better belt, that unfortunately, could not be used since it was too short to fit. Ultimately, we needed to arrange for a longer (non-standard) belt, whereupon EVERY piece of the sander had to be re-adjusted and fine tuned to make it fit. The sander does now seem to be working properly, but be prepared to do some fine...

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