One of the most favorite tools in my shop is my Performax (Jet) 16-32 Plus drum sander. I use it on almost every project. However, this power tool has one characteristic that has proven to be a great vexation to me over the last 15 years – the tendency to trip the motor circuit breaker while sanding. This one part blog describes my journey to find a solution to this problem. The 1 1/2HP Jet drum sander drive motor has a thermal circuit breaker rated at 15 Amperes. Exceeding this limit for ...
How to convert your Performax drum sanders 2 ½ inch dust port to a 4 inch for less then 5 bucks I have the older model 16 – 32 Performax drum sander like this one and at times it is a pain in the you know what with the belt always needing consent adjustment and keeping the machines drum head level. I really love the machine and what can be done with it.But it kicks up a lot of fine dust, my dust collector system works pretty well but as we all know it is next to impossible to ...
The Stumpy Nubs Workshop #36: Homemade Drum Sander Part 2- Mustache Mike's Corner Part 1- and A NEW WEBSITE!
It’s time to start building the new drum sander and that can only mean one thing. But you’ll have watch the latest episode of Blue Collar Woodworking to see what that thing is. Plus, Charles Neil tells us how to make stable veneered panels; Stumpy continues his review of Stanley’s bench planes with the #5; and Mustache Mike gives us a taste of his new show! This is the first of a two part drum sander series. In this episode we work out the unique design features. In the n...
This is my first attempt at blogging but I thought people might be interested in the approach I took. Getting hold of consistently dimensioned timber for making boxes has always been a challenge, especially when small thicknesses are required and when the timber is hard to come by (expensive and scarce). I have seen many examples of beautiful boxes here on LJs from makers who have either made their own thickness sanders or have bought commercial equipment. For me, buying a ready made thick...
I’ve done whole names of simpler style letters, and I am learning a lot as I go. Some of what I’ve learned is stated below. I’ve made “Charlotte” and “Oliver” letters that fit together like jig saw pieces. Both Charlotte and Oliver are 2 years old and I wanted to give them something to help them learn to spell their names. Charlotte is my daughter and it is really working! These letters are a little fancier as they are for older kids and I had li...
Hi, drum sanders builders, I am building drum/thickness sander and will appreciate word of advise how to secure the MDF discs on the steel shaft. What kind of glue will be the best and whether will I need any kind of additional reinforcement discs to the shaft.
So I started to discover, this thing is heavy, so mobility will be needed. A set of flippable casters were in order. One set on the back was enough. I can easily lift the front and move it around now, when the wheels are down. Lifted up on the wheels here: And flipped so the sander sits flat on the floor here: I also did some musical chairs with electric motors today. My brass wire wheel was on a 1 hp Northern Hydraulics motor. I switched that out for the fine wire w...
I’ve decided to build a thickness planer. There are many posted here on LJ’s and I’ve looked at a lot of them. (maybe all, at least all I could find)I’m not far into the build and have a few questions for the guys who have been through this already. --Thank You for all those that posted their builds. The ideas and processes have been very helpful.-- -the drum will be made from 5” maple disk. Total sanding width will be 18” -- -I seen one mo...
I got the table finished up today and installed the Velcro to the drum. Currently the sander is sitting on furniture dolleys but I plan to mount this to a rolling tool box giving my shop some much needed storage. Sorry for the video quality it was taken with my cell phone using my other hand. Still need to do some final adjustments to the height of the table in relation to the paper but all and all I am very pleased with the turnout. The dust collection seems to get about 90-95% which is pret...
I have two questions… 1) where would be a good site to sell a jet 16/32 in great shape. 2) what experience does anyone have with this upgraded drum sander, looking at the jet 22/44 Pro? The reason I wanted to upgrade is the material I had to sand was too much for the 16/32, it bound up and scored the wood. I had two 5.5” Oak boards 1.5” thick…7’ long. I had rollers guiding the boards in and out. The good news is that it bound up on the bottom for the table I...
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