What do you guys use for the sanding disc set up?

DitchPig

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Hello everyone,

I have been toying with the idea of setting up a small wood shop for some pipe making and just general small wood projects. I have been reading and doing research, looking at tools etc and I can not for the life of me find the tool people are using to sand the pipe down to its final shape. I can’t find just a motor or the correct sanding discs.
Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thank you
 

SwampWeed

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You are probably talking about a French wheel. Vermont freehand usually has them. There are other suppliers.

Motors can be anything really. An old lathe motor or buffer , etc.

I don't make pipes but I've been a (hobby) woodworker for a while.... My only suggestion is to see if you enjoy doing it with Dremel and a drill press (or other basic tools) before you go all out with it.

I'm sure some of the pros will have better advice. Good luck! đź‘Ť
 

Mikewood

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Harbor freight has some nice little sander and buffer motors with dual spindles. You can unscrew the guards off of a grinder and do some things. Chuck a hand drill into a vice etc. there are lots of options when you are just stating out and don’t want to Spende hundreds of dollars.
 

Cramptholomew

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I’ve used this variable speed angle grinder as my main shaping disc for 4 years. It was like $35 at Harbor Freight.
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I also have this 1750RPM sump pump motor with my French wheels. I really need to upgrade to something with a VFD. That’ll come sooner than later. (I’ve said this for 3 years)
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Cramptholomew

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Oh, so, you are probably looking for French wheels. Vermont Freehand. But you need a motor, and a Beall arbor. Like I showed above, I have a sump pump motor (5/8” shaft I think) with a Beall arbor. But, I just started using this setup. Before that I was just using the angle grinder for everything.
 

DocAitch

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I will warn you that you will get to the final shape with files and hand sanding- you can only go so far with a french wheel or any other motorized sander.
My French wheel set up is similar to Jason’s -fixed speed 1725 rpm motor with Beall system, and my rough shaping disc has a similar set up eccept I use a Jacob’s chuck with an arbor adapter. I have since exchanged the lock screws for Allen screws.
DocAitch
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DitchPig

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I will warn you that you will get to the final shape with files and hand sanding- you can only go so far with a french wheel or any other motorized sander.
My French wheel set up is similar to Jason’s -fixed speed 1725 rpm motor with Beall system, and my rough shaping disc has a similar set up eccept I use a Jacob’s chuck with an arbor adapter. I have since exchanged the lock screws for Allen screws.
DocAitch
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Thanks for the info, do you use the motor for buffing as well?
 

DocAitch

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Thanks for the info, do you use the motor for buffing as well?
No. I have two of the Foredom “Bench Lathes” set up, one with Tripoli and the other with White Diamond. These are fantastic little machines- variable speed and torquey.
I do have a salvaged sump pump motor set up for mostly waxing. Its a 1725 rpm motor with a handy switch built in. I put a simple net consisting of 2 rods inserted into the bench with cloth draped over the rods. This is a real tear saver when you launch a pipe.
I can use Beall 8” buffs because this uses the Beall arbor but prefer the Foredoms because they are variable speed- slow for wood, faster for acrylic, and much faster for ebonite.

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