A blog sounded like the right place for this prattle, so I submit this for anyone who is interested.
The drum sander is one of those things that you know you can live without until you actually have an opportunity to use one. When I was given a demonstration by a friend at a local cabinet shop on a work piece I had been struggling with, I was instantly sold. The only real problem was finding the $1800 bucks needed to get a similar unit. Even if I could have sold my wife’s car, and replaced it with the sander (it’s very likely she would notice the difference) there still wouldn’t be enough room in the garage, ah…. I mean, in the workshop for that monster.
Fast forward…. Research, research and more research….My wife calls this part of my routine “procrastination”. Finally a break through when I happened upon the units sold by Stockroom Supply. For those that haven’t visited this interesting little company’s site, I recommend you check them out. More research led to a large number of shining reviews about this unconventional but highly effective method of surface sanding. The only things lacking were a hands on demo (there simply were no shows listed soon enough for me) and some type of break off of what I thought to be a rather pricey retail tag for the kit.
(Yes, I’m a cheapskate). Never the less, I was determined to have a unit of my own equal or better than what was being offered for what I hoped would be substantially less.
What I’ve come up with is the subject of this short series of posts. In this first post I’m covering the planning and the parts acquisition. Although the units shown on the Stockroom site appear complete and functional, I wanted to tweak those areas that I believed to be open to improvement. The design I’ve settled on is shown below and I would appreciate any helpful suggestions you might have. If anyone wants the actual SketchUp file of this plan, email me and I’ll be happy to provide it for you. I’ve also provided a breakdown so that you’ll have a good idea of what it’s costing as I progress.
- 1 – 36” x ½” threaded rod @ $ 4.50 – H.D.
- 2 – 2 inch hard rubber stoppers @ $ 4.20 ea. – H.D.
- 2 – sleeved pillow block bearings @ $16.50 ea. – Grainger
- 1 – 24” x 2” PVC – H.D.
- 1 – 5 yard box of industrial strength hook & loop @ $ 50.00 – Grainger
- 1 – 1HP motor and switch block @ $15.00 – Craig’s List
- 1 – 2” sheave ( pulley ) – $ 4.80 – Grainger
- 1 – 3” sheave ( pulley ) – $ 4.80 – Grainger
- several BF of ¾” maple plywood & some oak strips – scrap pile
- the dimensional drawing can be seen in a larger size at ” http://photos.imageevent.com/emeralds/cages/JP%20Color%20Drum%20Sander%20with%20Dims.jpg “
So that’s it for now. More to come and your comments are welcome.