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Make Your Own Rock Tumbler

Filed under: DIY Videos,Video,how to? — Gary October 24, 2010 @ 2:56 pm

I get a lot of feedback about people making their own rock tumblers.  These videos show  how to make them yourself and what they look like- DIY rock tumblers.  If you want to submit your own step by step rock tumbler instructions or video just send me an email.

This is a very inexpensive one that works!

Thanks and enjoy, Gary-

Components:

- Salvaged 1/5hp AC motor from a whole-house exhaust fan

- 4 pillow block bearings ($9.95 each on eBay)

- Fan belt ($9 from Farm & Fleet)

- 3/4″ FIP black iron pipe ($6.50 for each 2′ piece at Menards)

I had to grind 1/16 of an inch off the circumference of each end of the iron pipes to get them to fit inside the 1″ bearings. I went through two bench grinder wheels doing it. Wooden 1″ dowels would be a simpler, easier solution.

Just make sure there’s adequate airflow to keep your motor cool.

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