This did start out to be a simple shop made drum sander but it has mutated into something larger (and a bit of an obsession). I’m having fun just thinking about building it, the question is how well I’ll actually be able to replicate my design.
Still haven’t located a motor since my last update, but I did mess with the design a little more. I added 4 struts to the table to stabilize it when it’s raised and lowered. I found some brass sleeve bearings that should fit nicely and keep it tight.
I also am thinking about scrapping the conveyor belt idea, and just using power feed rollers (like a planer). Does anybody see any reason for not doing this? I’ll just make a stainless steel table top so that the workpiece slides easily once it’s gripped by the power feed rollers.
What I haven’t figured out is how to link the two rollers since the drum sander will be in the way. I don’t really want to get too complicated and add additional belts and pulleys but if I don’t come up with a better solution, I might have to.
Another Lumberjock (Sarit) reminded me that I need to add springs to the rollers as well so they compress onto the workpiece. I’ll have to make some kind of bracket for that too I suppose.
I know I can make this thing, but the trick will be making the whole thing square and dimensioned correctly. I think it’s still small enough to fit into my flip-top cabinet, but if not no big deal.
Right now I’m having plenty of fun just figuring out how to make it. As always, advice from any of you is greatly appreciated.
-- Create something everyday.