The Basement #5: Poor Man's Drum Sander

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Blog entry by JL7 posted 11-15-2010 03:43 AM 13229 reads 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is my down and dirty drum sander. I got the Radial Arm Saw for free off of Craigslist. A couple of weeks later I saw the ad for the Performax S/T drum sander, very inexpensively. This was their first product offering and without a power feed table, is pretty hard to control. Then I found a solution, I aquired the extruded aluminum slides and table soon after, again, a Craiglist find. The table has four ball bearing rollers that ride in the aluminum channel.

I have never used a traditional drum sander with the power feed, so I can’t compare the performance, but with this setup, you can feed the project back and forth under the drum without picking up the work. You basically grab the handle, pull the board through, and then hang on tight and let it go backwards through the drum. I’m sure someone will speak up to say it can’t be done this way, but it really works fine.

I also lucked out and got several Timesaver sanding belts (free) that I was able to cut into strips for the drum. Total investment in the whole rig is less than $100.

I have caught the cutting board bug since hanging out on this forum, and the drum sander literally shaves hours of sanding time away when making those end grain boards.

Appreciate your comments…..


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 11-15-2010 04:15 AM

very cool can you take a video of it working that would be awesome

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 11-15-2010 04:21 AM

What a monster! color me jealous.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#3 posted 11-15-2010 05:01 AM

Very creative solution to a problem and the best is it didn’t cost you an arm and a leg! I video of you using it would be great like Rustic said.

-- Just a small fish in a big pond trying to make a difference one job at a time.

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#4 posted 11-15-2010 09:20 AM

Maybe you can connect a screw to the table and power it with a motor?

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#5 posted 11-15-2010 03:33 PM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 11-15-2010 03:35 PM

Sweet. Good for you.
I had forgotten about this adapter.
There seem to be a lot of RAS for sale for cheap.
This is a great idea.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 11-16-2010 04:13 AM

Hey thanks for the comments…...much appreciated. I posted the requested video here: click

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#8 posted 11-16-2010 05:03 AM

To quote a pretty famous person, “necessity, who is the mother of invention”, or more commonly said, necessity is the mother of invention. You have proven that the quote is very true. Very nice job. You’re probably wondering how you actually got along without it before this. It will open up all kinds of possibilities and give you more wood to play with.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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