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Convert an old electric toothbrush into a sander.


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avsjerome2003

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If you're an old cheapskate on a limited budget like me, and want to have a sander for small places, here's your opportunity.

A Braun Oral-B electric toothbrush can be converted into a small oscillating sander. Remove the the worn bristles from the brush head, and attach a disc of sandpaper with super-glue. This converted sander is cordless to fit the sander head in small tight places.

You're welcome.

 

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Edited by avsjerome2003, 06 April 2013 - 06:56 AM.


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or you can buy the Proxxon pen sander with various shaped tips for those fiddly bits that are hard to get to.


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Why buy, when one can save money by using some ingenuity. I'm always looking for ways to cut corners, as hobbies are at the bottom of the tight budget list.

 

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I use a battery toothbrush - I just have a couple of old heads for sanding and others for my teeth. I don't glue the sandpaper direct to the old head though, I glued a bit of velcro to mine so I can change the sandpaper easily. 

 

It's not a great system but it's cheaper than a Proxxon.  


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If I'd known I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself.


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I use a battery toothbrush - I just have a couple of old heads for sanding and others for my teeth.

 

I really like this idea. My wife has one, gotta get some velcro and I am ready to go. Might get to be a bit expensive if I forget to change heads. Doesn't take much sanding to wear down some dentures.


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The old toothbrush heads are also quite good for giving brass stuff (guns etc) a final scrub before blackening.

 

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See earlier post http://modelshipworl...-power-sanders/

 

I not only used the pad on the toothbrush, but made my own using some pieces of wood and a bit of glue. I have several in different shapes. See post.

 

As yet I have not tried the electric carving knife I mentioned. But it would be a lot more powerful.


Edited by Modeler12, 06 April 2013 - 05:06 PM.

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Jay, would an electric carving knife be more useful as a converted electric saw ?  My wife has one that she uses to carve the turkey. If I ever THINK of kidnapping her electric carving knife for my hobby, she would use it on me !!!!!

 

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Jay, would an electric carving knife be more useful as a converted electric saw ?  My wife has one that she uses to carve the turkey. If I ever THINK of kidnapping her electric carving knife for my hobby, she would use it on me !!!!!

 

Montani semper liberi. Happy modeling to all and every one of you.

       Crackers     :o :(

Please, since you are one of our members (and I don't know if your wife is or not) don't fight her about the carving knife. You might loose.

 

Anyway, my idea was to use the back-and-forth motion of that tool would be ok to consider it for sawing as well as sanding.

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I made my own toothbrush sander (non electric). 

Removed all the bristles and used hot glue to glue on two strips of velcro (one on each side) then hot glued velcro to 150 grit paper and cut into strips. You can flip it over to use a different grit if needed. The strips can be cut to any length. And the velcro can be used again if you peel off the sandpaper. Also, did the other end to get into small rounded areas. Works pretty good.

Next one will most likely be an battery operated one.  

 

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Long9Ron, good creative thinking on your part. I like it when folks can come up with ideas that are useful and save money at the same time.  Watch out you do not become confused and use that brush on your own teeth !

 

By the way, shut that winter off !  We were enjoying nice spring weather, until the Alberta Express came through with cold, snow and rain.

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They don't just make good sanders..

 

I teach art at my local prison once a week and I've seen those toothbrushes modified with a hypodermic syringe to make a very efficient tattoo gun :huh:  :)


Edited by overdale, 09 April 2013 - 05:20 AM.


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Long9Ron, good creative thinking on your part. I like it when folks can come up with ideas that are useful and save money at the same time.  Watch out you do not become confused and use that brush on your own teeth !

 

By the way, shut that winter off !  We were enjoying nice spring weather, until the Alberta Express came through with cold, snow and rain.

  Crackers  :o :ph34r:

 

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I can't control what's on the other side of the Rockies. Here in BC it is Sunny and warm.  :) We wash our cars in January and start mowing the lawns in February. 


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Ron

 

 

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Thanks for the good ideas. I will try them all.

 

Best wishes to all

Vern


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