After seeing the many well thought out, and expertly crafted wide drum sander builds here, and on the other forums, I am sufficiently inspired and motivated to build my own.
I have been working out the design, and have come to the conclusions that while the design isn’t finalized, I AM confident enough to start gathering the “Stuff” to start building it… This “Stuff” so far is…
#1. Pair of 5/8” center hole cast iron ball bearing pillow block bearings. (Order being processed as I type this.) $20.00 after S&H. #2. 5/8” diameter x 48” steel rod to be length reduced during the build process. $7.55 after tax, purchased locally. #3. 4” Schedule 40 PVC. Presently 4” piece. $0.00. It was given to me by a friend that had a cutoff. #4. 4’ of Harbor Freight Link Belt. Effectively $0.00. I had the HF link belt that I used on my band saw, this is just surplus. #5. 1.5HP Compressor Duty Motor. $112.00 after tax. I am completely open to donated motors. If anyone has a suggestion as to where I can get a motor for free I am all for it! FWIW, I had initially wanted to rebuild a Dayton 1.5HP 3600 rpm motor for this application, but the inner bearing seized up on it and it appears to have welded itself to the shaft… Bye bye birdie! #6. 3/4 Aracuo Ply. Leftover / cutoffs being used, so $0.00 #7. 20 stud grade SYP 2×4s. Again, $0.00 as these were cast off from a construction project as surplus. #8. Box of 2.5” coated deck screws. $10.00 (If I recall right) Yeah I am planning on screws and glue for this thing… I want strong, not pretty… #9. Tempered Hardboard. $0.00. Literally, I have 2 sheets that were given to me… #10. Hammer on Single Gang electrical box. $0.00 (pulled out of my attic. It was literally just sitting there loose when I bought the house…) #11. “Safetly” power tool switch. $21.95 #12. 12 ga cable and plug. $0.00 (chunk of an extension cord the neighbor ran over with a mower and threw out. I was able to get a 20” section with a molded plug out of the deal free! #13. Casters. $0.00. I reclaimed them when I tore apart the old / original rolling router table cabinet in favor of the table saw wing… #14. Piano hinges for motor mount plate and main table to pivot on. $0.00. Leftover cutoffs from the clamshell cabinet projects. #15. Misc 1/2” plywood for the drum cover. $0.00 from the scrap bins. #16. 4” S&D PVC for the dust port. $0.00. I have tons of cutoffs from my dust collection setup..
I have some stormfall Oak I plan on using for the end plugs / center support(s), and yes, I plan on turning the V groove in the motor side end plug in order to provide the upper pulley.
My intention is to build this for the least amount of money possible. Partially for me, but partially to give inspiration to others that a project of this magnitude doesn’t have to be expensive.
So bear along with me as I muddle through this project, and hopefully my blogging about it will give you enough information for your own build.
I want to thank all the Lumberjocks ahead of me that already built one of these. There are far too many out there to list, but your work has given me inspiration to move ahead on my build. Thank you! However out of all of these builds, and they are all fantastic mind you, I do intend on borrowing HEAVILY ideas from Lew’s build. He has a great blog series that has provided me ample inspiration… http://lumberjocks.com/lew/blog/series/4738
-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com