Introduction: DIY Concrete Vibrator for Small Forms

Hi guys - I was initially excited about casting years ago, but had limited success. I made some sweet lightbulbs recently. But it was reading the comments from CHENG Concrete that really got me thinking. Much of the really smooth perfect concrete molds that I've seen had an external vibrator to compact the concrete.

This is me making one with an orbital sander that lost its sanding pad.



For this you'll need:
   Sander
   Cork, or some pad
   Scrap wood
   Pipe hanger, sometimes called strapping
   Screws

From the pictures it's easy to see the construction. Strap the sander to to the board. The biggest thing to keep in mind is not strapping it down too tight. If you fix the base of the sander to the board, then it's the sander that will move. Notice the 3 screws on each side of the strapping in the final picture, this adjusts the pressure that the sander is applying to the wood.

Just place your mold on the rest of the scrap and it will work the bubbles out of the concrete. For small molds I think this may have been overkill, or too powerful. I had to pulse the sander to keep from spraying stuff out of the molds. I'm not sure, but I think there was cavitation happening. I don't know if it was my poor quality molds, or to much vibration. Larger molds had no problem. Watching the liquefaction in effect was fascinating!

Next weekend I'll unmold the things I made today and update this. Till then...Happy St. Paddy's Day

Comments

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LoopyMind made it!(author)2015-01-13

perhaps adding a dimmer you plug in to the wall to it, don't think the sander has any electronics in it so that should just work fine for controlling the sander/ vibrator.
(I'm not responsible or liable for any damages, lost childeren, alien attacks as a result of the execution of my idea)

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ZaneEricB made it!(author)2013-04-12

so my grandfather purchased a harbor frieght sander...that can't sand ANYTHING or hold the paper in place...it is just good at shaking.....BUT I never thought to use it to do what it does best...shake.

Well played..

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Skymeat made it!(author)2013-04-15

Been there! Last HF power tool I had literally disintegrated in my hands. I've been having pretty good luck with this setup. Going to try to cast some rocket nozzles this coming weekend.