Homemade Vibratory Tumbler

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Introduction: Homemade Vibratory Tumbler


Hello everyone this my first video and instructable
(i dont have time yet but when i spare some i will make a step by step instructable!)

You Will Need :
1 AC universal motor of about 1500-2000 Watts from a electric vacuum cleaner 
1 speed controler for AC electric motors
1 piece of cylindrical aluminum 100mm wide 40mm high lathed as seen in the video 
2 buckets  (1 to mount to the tumbler )
2 pieces of plywood 30X30 cm
1 piece of plywood 30X40 cm
2 pieces of wood 30X7X3
4 springs ( personaly i used springs for the motor clutch of scooters) 
8 pieces of steel sheet 2-3mm wid cut into 40X90 mm
4 nuts, bolts and washers  to mount the motor tou the plywood
8 nuts, bolts and washers  for the springs 
screws  for the woodw

Tools You May Need :
drill with cobalt end for the steel plate
metal grinder/cutter also for the steel plate parts
saw for cutting wood
spanners for the bolts
screw driver
ruler
pen
a compass ( to draw a circle where the motor will sit)


Now About The Construction :
I personaly made it for cleaning and semi-polishing pebbles or cleaning metal parts
This type of motor will be found in vacuum cleaners only ! i specificly use them because usually they have a wider top witch you can drill and attach to the plywood !
The aluminum part was lathed so it sits on to the motor axis with a bolt ,i had 2 internal threads done on either side so you can ajust the amount of vibration caused ! (different media need different speeds and vibration frequency i assume !!! )

Here is a batch of stones before and after :
http://i49.tinypic.com/122p8qs.jpg
http://i48.tinypic.com/34eys5e.jpg

Feel free to ask questions or what ever is needed.


DISCLAIMER NOTICE : I dont  have any responsibility for your actions ,the information i provide you with is for educational
purposes and only !!!  

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    18 Discussions

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    Bcowen
    Bcowen

    Tip 5 weeks ago on Introduction

    I would suggest adding lock washers with the flat washers. Vibratory equipment will loosen fasteners (bolts and nuts) easily and dangerously. 24 years as a howitzer mechanic in the U.S. Army and I have seen bad stuff happen just because of a missing or worn out lock washers or lock nuts.
    On the aluminum flange to the motor, you could use a bit longer bolt with two nuts to act as a jam nut tightened together against the flange to prevent the bolt from backing out. Then as stated by others add protection all around for extra prevention. One side could be hinged for access.
    Securing the bucket you have the seven wood screws with washers attaching the bucket, and it would seem with time and vibration the plastic might pull away at such small secure points. If that is happening or does happen you could add a 1/8”-1/4” round metal plate with seven holes to secure the bucket and fastened with appropriate sized bolts, flat washers, lock washers, and nuts or even one time use lock nuts.
    Excellent instructables and one that I’ll keep in mind for possible future use. Very smart with the use of the variable speed control and using the second bucket to just sit in the other bucket is very wise. I will use this tumbler with vibratory tumbling grits at the different stages to polish larger batches of stones. Your use of the English language was just fine and understandable. Where you got lost for what to say about the flange bolt is that it throws the centrical force off balance thus causing the vibration.
    Take care.

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    dentita
    dentita

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Μπράβο ρε πατρίδα.

    Ωραίο projectaki.

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    exex
    exex

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    what language is that? not to be rude, just curious...

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    qoompel
    qoompel

    Reply 4 years ago

    Greek ;)

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    jlepack
    jlepack

    5 years ago

    I love the design. Nice and simple. How come you don't add any polishing media?

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    avocadostains

    Why the springs? Was it too powerful without them? I would think the springs would just reduce the vibration.

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    Ty Mashaw
    Ty Mashaw

    6 years ago

    I really want to make one of these. Does the motor have to be a vacuum motor?

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    workislove
    workislove

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you, I'm planning to make one of these and this is a nice starting point.

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    The FluxPlux
    The FluxPlux

    7 years ago on Introduction

    I too was concerned about tha bolt flying off but the tumbler is in a seperate room only i work in ther (like a little workshop) also i've passed some teflon on to it to make a tighter connection and finaly it's the second tumbler i've made i've been using the first one for quite some time now without any accident ..
    That doesn't mean i watch out for it flying off !! better safe than sorry !!1

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    PS118
    PS118

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Please put some sides on it. If that bolt in the aluminum hub works loose it will throw it and hurt somebody.

    Other than that, great work!

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    wambs8
    wambs8

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Neat. and I bet most people have everthing they need to complete it. I like how you can change the speed.

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    The FluxPlux
    The FluxPlux

    7 years ago on Introduction

    sure when i've got some spare time i'll give o more detailed explanation with photos or even make a diy for it !

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    sleeping
    sleeping

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the great idea. Can you add more pictures of the project.

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    rverdahl
    rverdahl

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Great job and thanks for sharing. Nothing wrong with your English either. Perfectly understandable and creative.