Block tumbler from a food mixer. Fast, cheap solution.

Y.T.

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I was trying to find a simplest solution as I only need to tumble 1 set of blocks every 5 years from kits I build. My idea worked well. I constructed my block tumbler using one blade of a food mixer, 150 grit sand paper with fabric backing, glass jar with turn on lid. 4 pieces of sand paper I tied on to the blade with polyester threads. See below.





 

Y.T.

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I dropped whole set into a jar and tumbled about 30 min high speed. See video below. Oops. Unfortunately videos are not supported on this site for posting.
 

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Here is result. All larger blocks are ready. Some smaller blocks made of harder wood may still need a bit of tumbling. Overall blocks now can be used. Completer exercise including tumbling took me 1 hour 45 minutes. Is not it amazing? And I did not ruin a food mixer!






 

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@Y.T. Great job on blocks! Actually, Model Expo has similar concept tumbler, and sell it for $10~12.00. It has been made as the kit, you have to assemble, and glue it before use for the first time. I bought one, and don't know if I really like it. However, your blocks looking much better than original, out of the box.
 

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This would be much faster then my method of sanding them one at a time. I do this as I need the block. I basically just round off the corners and edges
 
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