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David Meier17/08/2011 08:56:56
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Hi folks. I have been wanting to try this for a long time, so when I spotted a cheap battery powered electric toothbrush on Dealextream, For $6.50 US. I thought that I would give it a go.

I cut the bristles off the brush head with a craft knife and glued a small cube of wood on, then glued on a 10mm x 10mm x3mm piece cut from a foam sanding block.

It works well at sanding small recessed surfaces that you cant get much of a stroke to hand sand.
That is all.
Bob Abell17/08/2011 09:24:58
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That`s a brilliant idea!
Well done, Dave
David Meier17/08/2011 09:51:02
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Thanks Bob.
I am sure that you would find it useful on your Beautifully detailed models.

I have been guilty of the sin of lurking on the forum these last few months and have been watching with interest, the development of the cable laying fit out of your Great Eastern. It looks great and must be hugely exciting now that the filming is about to begin.
Tony Burton25/08/2011 20:48:45
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Hi David
That use of the electric toothbrush is amazing........I just went and got one with 5 extra brushes and it works superbly.
What a clever idea

David Meier27/08/2011 08:44:28
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Hi Tony.
Good on you for giving it a go, I am glad that you are pleased with the result.
Colin Bishop28/12/2018 16:04:26
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I came across this topic whilst disposing of a spam post. Having just changed our electric toothbrushes and kept the originals (just in case they come in useful!) I have converted one similarly to as described above except that I epoxied a small cube of wood to the head and used double sided tape to attach a square of aprasive paper - it works really well if tou want to do some delicate mechanical sanding. Easy to put a new pad of abrasive paper on too by simply peeling off the old one first.

If tou don't have a spare toothbrush then Wilko sell an excellent one powered by 2AA batteries for just £4.50 and spare heads are cheap too:



Edited By Colin Bishop on 28/12/2018 16:05:42

Ray Wood 228/12/2018 17:32:25
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Hi all,

My long suffering wife has been looking for her toothbrush all day 😂, I said the grandchildren must have hidden it ! The motors are handy as well for small boats on 1.5volts 😁

Regards Ray

Dave Milbourn28/12/2018 18:02:58
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I wired one up to a 3v PSU and I use it with the brush heads and a solvent for cleaning printed circuit boards - brilliant!

neil howard-pritchard28/12/2018 22:47:20
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I like that very much...………...I have an old Proxxon pencil sander, and I bet a bottom dollar that this method works far better than the proxxon does or ever has done for that matter..

Colin Bishop28/12/2018 23:19:18
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I have the Prxxon pencil sander too and it is much more violent!


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