Drum/Thickness Sander #2: The finally is almost here.

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Blog entry by Don W posted 01-04-2013 09:21 PM 3852 reads 6 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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 wheel, so the course is not on the 3/4 hp, the fine will go on the 1/6 hp (i need to pick up a 1/2” shaft adapter) and the 1 hp is now on the sander.

The 1 hp is really going backwards, so I’ll need to figure out if I can reverse it, or it will once again get switched out sooner or later. For the time being, its just a matter of which end the board go through.

I’ll get some paper ordered later. I think that’s about all I need.

I thought I’d add a cost in here as well.

-I had the motor, but you may need to figure that cost.
-The wood was wood I cut, so no direct cost.
-I think I paid $4 for the casters at a flea market
-I had the blast gate and plenty of 4” hose on hand. I did purchase a quick connect below. This will get moved around a lot.

5/8” Bearings ebay 2 at $5 each
5/8” rod at tractor supply $15
velcro converter and hook and loop sanding belt at grizzly $3r4
On/Off switch from Grizzly $13
4” quick coupler at grizzly. $3
About $8 in bolts from Home depot.

I still need to pick up a few misc electrical supply’s, boxes, wire etc.

Adding the sand paper
I should note, the kit from grizzly is more than enough velcro for this first installation and one more, plus some additional velcro. Same with the 80 grit paper

And the results
I started with this rough sawn pine. I don’t plane on using it for rough sawn, but thought it would be a great test.

And after a few passes

And finally



And I flipped the board to do it again.


and again, its coming out nice.

I tried on a few other pieces playing around. It actually seems to work better than I anticipated. I tried some ash and oak and didn’t see much difference. The dust collection seem good as well. So far I think the 1 hp motor will be ok.

I also discovered another nice thing about the design. The motor I used runs in the opposite direction as the one I tested with. At first I was going to just live with it, but decided to flip everything around. Well that only took a few minute. Just move the spacers, slide everything over and flip the motor around.

thanks for following along.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#1 posted 01-04-2013 09:25 PM

Love the flip wheels …

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 01-04-2013 09:27 PM

Looks like a great accomplishment and addition to the shop. Congrats!!!

Will you be painting or staining/finishing tthe wood? Inquiring minds want to know!!!

-- 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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#3 posted 01-04-2013 09:29 PM

Randy, I think I’m just going to give it a coat or 2 of brush oil and call it a day.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#4 posted 01-04-2013 10:31 PM

Don this is a great build
I use cloth abrasive, last a while and is easy cleaned.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 01-05-2013 02:06 AM

That looks like it was easier than I imagined? The flip up wheels are an ingenious touch. How bout a vid when it’s up and running?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 01-05-2013 02:12 AM

Ingenious Don. I had a chuckle at the thought of you swapping out all of your motors so that you had the right one for the sander. Nice wheels too.

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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#7 posted 01-05-2013 02:41 AM


You are a better man than I am. I was thinking about building one but went and bought a Jet. Nice job!

Post a video of it in action, would love to see how it works. I use my drum sander quite often.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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#8 posted 01-05-2013 04:11 AM

+1 to the video request. Looks great Don.

-- ~Tony

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#9 posted 01-05-2013 10:43 AM

Looking forward to seeing what it can do! Looks like a great build too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 01-05-2013 01:17 PM

I will see what I can do about the video. It will be a while I think. Shop time will be shrinking over the next few weeks.

But as they say “Good things come slow”

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#11 posted 01-05-2013 01:39 PM

We don’t need a video Don. Just let us know how well it works! One question about these drum sanders. Do they usually go through the different grits to sand a workpiece or is one grit good enough just to get it flat and dimensioned?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 01-05-2013 08:12 PM

ok, velcro, sand paper, and switch ordered from grizzly.

Mike, I know Ross wrote “Made 2 drums so that I didn’t have to keep changing grits for rough and fine sanding.” in the first part of this series. I’m not sure how much of an issue that will be with the velcro. I’ll let you know after some use.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#13 posted 01-05-2013 08:21 PM

Don check out this site

might save a buck or 2.
I use their belts for metal work (2×42) cleans up plane soles in a hurry.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#14 posted 01-05-2013 08:50 PM

Thanks Slim, I’ve been using 2sand, but they did not have the converter backing. I’ll check out supergrit when I need more sand paper.

I also added cost to the blog.

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#15 posted 01-06-2013 03:13 PM

An impressive build, Don! Anxious to read the tool review of the DonYoda SandBelt One! The wheels are an ingenious addition, and like Andy I chuckled too at the motor dance you’re going through. It’s very much what I’d do, as there are quite a few motors around my shop that I’m not using to potential.

Congrats on nearing completion!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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