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High Build-Up, Finish-Drying Tool

This is a drying device that I made, copying one that Jan Panek had made. The device allows thick finishes to dry evenly. With the piece attached to a chuck, apply one thick coat of finish and turn the machine on. It  rotates at 10 rpm and will keep the finish from running. The pieces I’ve finished on this device have a thick, deep finish and look as if I have applied twenty-five coats.
Parts needed:
  •  Slow-speed motor (I use a barbecue rotisserie motor
  •  Chuck
  •  One large bolt with a 1" (25mm) × 8tpi and nut to fit your chuck
  •  Two 1" (25mm) bearings
  •  Two brackets
  •  A 38" (10mm) bolt, with the end squared to fit the motor
Drill into the end of the 1" (25mm) bolt so that the 38" (10mm) bolt sets ¾" (19mm) into it. Drill and tap the inside of the 1" (25mm) bolt to hold the 38" (10mm) bolt with a setscrew. Loosen the setscrew when applying finish. The 1" (25mm) nut, which is also drilled and tapped, serves as a stop for the chuck.   
~ Lou DeMola
Clifton Park, NY


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