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    Thicknessing attachment.

    I build model ships, for which I need large amounts of thin strips of wood. The problems making strips down to 1.5mm are numerous. A circular saw tends to snap them on the back of the blade, they also disappear down between the blade & packing. A band saw will tend to take to the soft grain, giving inconsistent thickness. A normal wood working thicknesser no good at all. Thicknessing attachment.-img_0001.jpgThicknessing attachment.-img_0002.jpgThicknessing attachment.-img_0003.jpg Using a belt sander upside down an adjustable roller is fitted near the end. The thicker strips cut on a saw is pushed through against the rotation of the drum. the results can be seen. Although the roller looks out of parallel in the photo it is not.
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    I like your design and will be useful for other types of modeling work and miniature furniture building. Thanks for posting this.
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    Thanks hammer! I've added your Thicknessing Attachment to our Thickness Sanders category, as well as to your builder page: hammer's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:


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    Great Idea, Hammer! Got a project coming up for my grandson that this would be really useful. The nice feature is that you can make any thickness and keep it consistent over a run. Did you use roller bearings inside the copper or just bushings? Thanks for the useful post! ~PJ
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    Pretty neat and simple mod. A second bracket to support the other end of the roller is probably unecessary, but it would be a good addition IHMO.

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    great solution! that could clean up old boards that have hidden nails without risking pricey power planer blades.

    I have been reading about bandsaw a lot lately, and the awkward cuts are a result of the way the saw is set up. low tension of the blade seems to be a very likely culprit. bearings guides and tires could play roles if you want to open that can of worms

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    Cool idea. As one who dabbled in modelling years ago, I'd love to see some of your ships!

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    Thanks for a simple and effective idea


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