Drum Sander #1: The Build

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Blog entry by ScottDamman posted 11-20-2012 08:29 PM 6604 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my first entry on this site. Just want to say that I really enjoy seeing the projects that everyone posts lots of inspiration.

So I decided it was time for a drum sander. I have made a few end grain cutting boards all sanded using a palm random orbital sander. This takes forever, I have a few cutting boards on the list for christmas gifts and also making a large segmented frame with trestle base for a glass table top I will post more on that table support as I finish it. I decided to build a drum sander similar to the flat master sanders using hook and loop paper.

I built the frame out of 1×2 by 3/32nds and 2×2 by 3/32nds. The motor is a 2hp 3phase motor that I bought in a lot with a couple other motors. Happy to have something to use it for.

Next I had to build a circle cutting jig for the bandsaw.

Heres a pic of the glueup of the drum this is about half done I ended up with 28 inches. The shaft is a 1 inch keyed shaft.

Heres how I got the drum in parallel with the frame for the table.

Bellow are a couple more shots of the the sander and dust collection. It started out as a piece of 6 inch sewer pvc, lots of cutting and heating later I was able to form a nice dust hood.

Still need to make the table – more to come

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#1 posted 11-20-2012 10:42 PM

It is looking like quite the impressive build. There are many shop built drum sanders posted here on LJs. This is the first metal based unit I have seen. Keep up the good work and PLEASE keep posting PLENTY of pictures.

I need to build a drum sander, so I WILL be following along!!! I have a few questions, though:
1) Will this be a thickness sander?
2) Will there be a powered belt (think treadmill) for stock feeding?

Anxiously awaiting progress reports, pictures and first use video!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 11-21-2012 07:34 PM


This sander is more like a finish drum sander than a thickness sander. Although it could be used as a thickness sander with lower grit paper. The sander is modeled off of the flatmaster sander concept here is a link to how it works

Initially there will not be a power feeder, however there may need to be some modifications in the future to include some hold down rollers and possibly a power feeder of some sort. Im thinking I could just mount a stock power feeder (like used on a shaper) to it and a fence….

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any specific questions or want any videos taken of the sander.

Thanks for looking and the comments

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#3 posted 11-21-2012 08:39 PM

Thanks for the video link.

Good luck with your build.

The sander I build will be dual purpose, a thickness sander with power stock feeding and a V-Drum finish sander. I figure might as well have the best of both worlds.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 04-07-2017 03:31 PM

Forgive my naivety, but how do you get the sand paper to remain loose enough for centrifugal force if it’s Velcroed on? The answer may be in the pictures, but the pics aren’t showing at the moment.

I’d like to build something like this for my shopsmith, but I’m not sure how to get the right drum setup.

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