I have been part of LJ’s for 39 days and I have learned a lot from the community. I have been a casual woodworker with no official training for about 7 years. I did my apprenticeship as a Tool & Die Maker but never followed that either, I worked in a Toolshop for a while but did mostly CNC programming and a bit of tool design. Currently I’m a network administrator for a medium sized business but the woodworking bug is biting me more and more because I do have a passion for it but I would also like to make some extra cash.
I have seen many guys here make their own machines and jigs and fixtures and because I do not have the cash to buy all the bigger machines I started to look at all the machines being custom build here in the community. One that I really would like is a drum sander. the reason for that is that I have access to lots of lumber that can be recycled or upcycled, only problem is that they aren’t flat and they do need sanding to cleanup anyway. And that is why I have done quite a bit of research about them in the community. The one I like most is the one that Blake built (Here). The only thing I don’t like about it is the lifting mechanism, it looks a bit shaky. I have bigger lumber that I want to sand as well so I was looking for a bit more of a sturdy design. That I found in a design from Stumpy Nubs, the video is located (Here).
With those 2 ideas I started my design, keeping in mind the size of lumber I would like to push trough it and which parts I can obtain easily and cheap. My main objective was for accuracy and that it must last, it is not a short term solution. Why make something to later buy one, mine must last just as long as any shop bought one. Plus the spares must always be available. Fortunately I have access to an excellent 3D cad program and I have worked on it before, I managed to get into the swing of it quickly.
Here is my first idea of what I would like to achieve.
And without the covers.
This is it for now, will add more pics and explain how it all comes together.
-- Create, create, create create. It makes my blood flow. And what better material to use than wood, you can repeat the same object 1000 times and none will look the same in natural form.