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DIY Brush sander
« on: September 10, 2019, 09:17:29 PM »
Hello, Iím Looking to make some distressed flooring for my house. Iíd like to pony up for a supermaxx unit but itís not in the budget for a number of year. Iíve seen a couple homemade brush sanders but I canít find any details on what they use for brushes, motor speed or anything like that. Anyone make or using one? 

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Re: DIY Brush sander
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2019, 10:49:21 PM »
Depends on species of wood and how extreme you want to distress it. I doubt if a sanding brush head would do much on hardwood, probably have to go to a wire brush drum. http://www.quickwood.com/abrasives/steel-brushes/

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Re: DIY Brush sander
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2019, 11:15:38 PM »
Yes most have nylon and steel brush heads. The homemade ones were using steel brushes but it was hard to tell what type they was. At $1000 a head for the supermaxx ones there has to be better diy options Iíll check out the link you provided thank you

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Re: DIY Brush sander
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2019, 07:08:54 PM »
A less expensive option would be the Makita wheel brush sander wouldn't it?  I have 2 of them.  I have cleaned a lot of barnwood.
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Re: DIY Brush sander
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2019, 09:51:48 AM »
I have no input on the brush sander. If you have planer you could sharpen irregular spots in blade to give you hand scaped look. Just an idea

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Re: DIY Brush sander
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2019, 07:32:10 PM »
I'd bet that @tule peak timber would have some ideas and maybe some pictures of shop-built tools.
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Re: DIY Brush sander
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2019, 07:52:50 PM »
I have to laugh....We just came up for a design on a rush job. I will post pics of the prototype tomorrow. Rob
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« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2019, 09:52:51 PM »
This is gonna be good. :)

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« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2019, 10:16:30 PM »
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Re: DIY Brush sander
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2019, 12:19:10 PM »
Attached are pics of the prototype wire brush we developed last week for a rush job on the horizon.I can go into the thought process ( long litany ) but this works and allowed us to bid the job.Version 2.0 is next week with bearings and a power feeder. It is a wire brush and NOT how we typically distress.  Cheers Rob

 

 
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« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2019, 01:31:51 PM »
Have any pictures of the end result?

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Re: DIY Brush sander
« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2019, 01:48:09 PM »
That will be next week when the bearings arrive. Previous pics were this morning.
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Re: DIY Brush sander
« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2019, 09:23:26 PM »
Attached are pics of the prototype wire brush we developed last week for a rush job on the horizon.I can go into the thought process ( long litany ) but this works and allowed us to bid the job.Version 2.0 is next week with bearings and a power feeder. It is a wire brush and NOT how we typically distress.  Cheers Rob
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I thought about doing a setup just like this, the only thing I donít have is the wire brush. Care to share where you found that one? And I also would like to see the end results.    If this isnít how you typically distress, how do you distress? 

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Re: DIY Brush sander
« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2019, 09:18:23 AM »
Solo Horton is where I've been buying the 4 inch arbor mount wire wheels.
  The best wire wheel cup I've found is the 6 inch Makita that mounts to a big angle grinder. Really heavy but will raise the grain in oak - no problem.
  We distress with lots of different tools in stepped sequence, and always with at least 3 people to prevent pattern forming. Lastly I critique and add a little this and that- always looking to break patterns.Once the distress is done a great deal of enhancement can be achieved with subtle coloration ( adding dirt and oxidation ) where it should be accumulated over time.
  The level of distress is different for each customer and the size of his pocket book :)
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Re: DIY Brush sander
« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2019, 09:25:13 AM »
So you are trying to distress the lumber or the customer?  :D
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Re: DIY Brush sander
« Reply #15 on: October 01, 2019, 09:46:28 AM »
Those brushes are usually used to clean barn siding and such. You probably would be better off with some kind of flail for distressing. Just my two cents. 
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Re: DIY Brush sander
« Reply #16 on: October 03, 2019, 07:41:27 PM »
Thank you tule peak, Iím going to order some brushes and give it a try. Those makita brushes ainít to cheap ether wow lol

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Re: DIY Brush sander
« Reply #17 on: October 03, 2019, 07:49:25 PM »
Nate we have not set up the arbor brush 2.0 because we don't have a signed contract on that particular job. I will post if we get the go-ahead.  Rob
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Re: DIY Brush sander
« Reply #18 on: October 06, 2019, 07:54:23 AM »
Thank you the pictures TPT. I have a similar need for a different reason. I air dried some cypress outside before it went to the kiln, now the lumber has some sticker stain, surface stain from rain and darkening from the sun. My customer wants the cypress as ship lapped paneling with a rough face. I've used an angle grinder with a cupped wire wheel to clean the face but that is very slow. Your plan will speed things up, thank you again!
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« Reply #19 on: October 16, 2019, 04:20:17 AM »
I just sent out an order of ship lapped cypress siding that the buyer wanted a rough finish on. I read the thread and built a similar setup. Made a few changes 5/8" thread all, put spacers between the wire wheels, two pillow bock bearings and angled the rods at about 45 degrees.
Also used two short pieces of 4"x4" screwed to a piece of plywood to mount pillow blocks on. Added the shop vac with the wide collector and pushed the boards in and out from the under side of the wire wheels. Thanks for the idea TPT.
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