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Old 01-28-2009, 08:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default FOR SALE- "Economy" Sanding Mills

OK, here's the deal. I made one of these for myself about 3 years ago and I'm still using it. I've made a couple for some members here at IAP and they have all commented on how much they like it and that I should be offering them for sale. Until recently I haven't had the time but I just lost my job due to an accidental injury and have been forced to go on SS Disability so now I have PLENTY of time.
Here's what you'll be getting for $25-SHIPPED!

On the left is a punch for making the sanding discs and the mill is on the right. You will receive BOTH! The mill is a piece of hardened drill rod with a 1" dia. hardwood base and faced with brass. The hole on top is for a 1/8" pin that goes through the rod and keeps the base from coming loose. Both the rod and pin are also epoxied in place.
The brass face is epoxied on and machined on my metal lathe so it's perfectly flat and square.
The rod is the same size as an "A" pen mandrel so it will accept all 7mm sleeves.

This is what the punch does. It's a piece of steel pipe that I sharpened on the end. I made that wood cap to protect the end of the pipe from hammer blows, you WILL NOT be receiving one of these. I think I got 33 pieces out of a 6" self-adhesive sanding disc and I can do about 5 pens with each piece. That's 165 pens out of one 6" disc, pretty economical! EDIT IN....Several of you have asked about what grit sandpaper to use. I use 80 grit only because that's what I was able to "procure" from work. I like it but I haven't tried any other. I got 4- 6" discs 3 years ago and still have 2 left!! Get the smallest pack they sell!

This shows it in a hand vise. I use a standard paper punch to make the holes but a brass tube will work. I use the wooden cap I made for storing the discs.

This is how I use it most, in my Beall chuck. A scroll chuck or an adjustable mandrel chuck will work too. Heck, if all you have is a regular MT2 mandrel that fits in the headstock, let me know and I'll throw some 1/4" X 28 threads on the end, no charge!

PLEASE note that this is a FINISHING tool. It's NOT meant to take the place of a regular pen mill or disc sander. If used as such you run the risk of overheating and the epoxy could come loose.
This tool is meant to be used on already turned barrels and really excells at removing CA and squaring things up prior to assembly. You'll be amazed at how much better everything fits after using this tool.

Please post in this thread if you would like one and I'll get back to you with my PAY-PAL address. I would post it but I'm afraid of them dang "bots" that read these things! I will also accept checks.

Shipping outside the U.S. is not a problem but it will probably be a little more. Whatever it costs me and not a penny more!!

Rick Herrell
Pilot Mtn.,NC

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Old 01-28-2009, 09:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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look like a great tool... I'd like one.. pm me with your PP address..

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I'll take one.

PM me with the PP info.

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Old 01-28-2009, 10:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Rick I would like one please.
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:53 AM   #5 (permalink)
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looks great - I'd like one too please.

pm me your paypal info and I will get payment to you.
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Old 01-28-2009, 01:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I would like one please.
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Old 01-28-2009, 01:32 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Rick I would like one please.
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Old 01-28-2009, 01:36 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Sorry to hear you are out of work, seems like you are attempting to make lemonaide out of lemons !!!

Please send me the PP information as I would like one too.
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