In a previous post and video I showed you all my submission for the 2x4 challenge. I made a 2x4
workbenchand I am using it all the time. When I was planning this project I had another idea for a dragster car. I began to make the car, and realized I needed to make large dowels for the rear wheels. This gave me the idea for my latest video where I make large dowels with a belt sander.
I used my new mini workbench to cut and drill a 2x8. The jig was made up of some scraps in my workshop and took me only 15 minutes to build. After testing it I was surprised to realize that the jig did not need any alterations so I left it as is. In the future I may improve the aesthetics of the jig and continue to use it my shop. The arm (shown in top right photo) is simply a 1x3 piece of plywood with a pivot screw at one end and a bolt at the other to hold the dowel securely in place.
Here is a small cam made from plywood; I cut it on the band saw. I placed the screw off center on the cam to allow for a fine graduation for sanding the dowel. The end result was impressive and I will definitely be using this again. To see how it all cam together check out the video below. If you want to see the dragster video click here.