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Shopsmith V Drum Sander #1: Shopsmith V Drum Sander - Part Construction

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Blog entry by Milo posted 07-27-2010 01:46 AM 7946 reads 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Greeting All,

I’ve been doing a bit of Mad Scientist routine in the workshop again. As a few of you may recall, I’ve been asking about V Drum sanders for a while now, convinced I could make one out of my Shopsmith with a minimum of effort.

Picture One

This is the tailstock with a mdf block in it. I ended up using a turned piece that projected out of the tailstock toward the about and inch.

Picture Two

Here is the flat bearing I am using with a 3/8” center. I used a 3/8” bit to bore through, then a 1 1/8” forstner bit to seat the bearing.

Picture Three

This is my drum. 1 1/4” pvc with a 3/8” threaded rod center. I drilled out 24(I think) some odd mdf plugs that are epoxied to the rod. Believe it or not, I used some leftover fiberglass to put the plugged rod in the pvc tube. It did not heat up or melt as some folks feared it would.

Pictures Four and Five

The drum attached to the Shopsmith. That board under it is what I used to try and measure the height of the box to go around the drum.

I messed up and in two places. I was going to use the gray housing of the SS to seat the box on around the drum. I measures too short on the length. I quesstimated using the drum at the key, not the length between the powerhead housing and the tailstock housing. Oops.

I also forgot the account for the extra “height” that would occur when I added the velcro and the hook & loop sandpaper. Fortunately I am still at a point I can make adjustments.

Picture Six

The velcro attached to the drum. That’s the roll of sandpaper waiting to go on.

Well, I hope you folks find this interesting. I’ll add on the box and HOPEFULLY an action shot of the sander in action.

Milo

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...



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vicrider

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#1 posted 07-27-2010 03:00 AM

Get ready for sawdust; what a neat way to expand the use of your SS.

Nice work.

-- vicrider

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Milo

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#2 posted 07-27-2010 03:18 AM

I’m HOPING that the box I’ll build around it will keep that dust to a minimum. Hopefully I’ll have that included in the next post!

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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Joe Watson

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#3 posted 07-27-2010 08:39 PM

i’d like to see how that turns out. I have a shopsmith i would like to do something similar.

-- Got Wood?

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Shopsmithtom

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#4 posted 07-27-2010 11:43 PM

I’m a big believer that, with a little imagination, a Shopsmith can do virtually anything. I’m looking forward to seeing the completed project. Way to go! -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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Milo

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#5 posted 07-29-2010 04:51 PM

Hey guys,

Things are probably going to be delayed with the drum sander. Just got a call from my stepmother, and my Dad has taken a turn for the worse in his battle with prostate cancer. It’s just matter of time, but everything is now on hold.

Thanks,

Milo

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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rance

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#6 posted 08-12-2010 09:10 PM

Milo, sorry to hear about your dad. Any updates on his condition?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Milo

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#7 posted 08-13-2010 03:21 PM

Hi Rance,

Dad died on the 30th of last month in the early AM. He had battled prostate cancer for over 20 years, fighting back recurrences twice before. He wanted to be cremated and have his ashes scattered, and we all decided to wait until this fall to scatter them when the weather is a lot nicer.

You can read a bit about him at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/myrtlebeachonline/obituary.aspx?n=kenneth-moore&pid=144445077

Thank you for your concern. I’ve worked a bit on the sander since I got back, and just have to get the height of the box right. I’m off by about a 1/16 or an 1/8th of an inch. I’ll have more picks soon.

Milo

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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rance

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#8 posted 10-20-2010 09:13 PM

Sorry to hear that Milo. My prayers go out to you and your family.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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shipwright

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#9 posted 05-25-2012 03:10 PM

Hi Milo, This is a nice sander.
I used a similar concept on my thickness sander.
Is there anything a ShopSmith can’t do?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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