Drill press drum sander jointer / planer
I just had to…
Ok I admit it, I am infected by the woodworm, it has bitten me and infected my brain.
I am a woodoholic, a lost case, may the wood be with me.
After building the drill press drum sander table I could not get out of my mind that it would be fun to make a planer top for it.
No I did not need one, I have no idea if I will, but who cares!
By the end of this blog, you will see that I now got one.
Yes and it works.
Shut up MaFe and start the blog, who cares if you need one?
I was looking at the table and realized this could be fun…
What I did not realize was that it was not all that simple as two pieces of MDF.
So MDF, shape to fit drum.
Yes you make it spin, it’s that easy.
So I cut them to length (actually too small, but…).
Ok lets make a base for the show.
Need to find the right placement for the sander, so the suction will work still.
Now I can cut out the hole for the Supersander.
Does it make sense now?
Honestly it was a bit messy in my head, just tried as I went, no plans.
Now I will make the one side of the bed adjustable, like on a real planner.
The infeed table can be lowered.
Two MDF pieces will be the lift and the base need to be cut of a little so that it can get lower then the outfeed table.
Marking up for the lift and the cut.
(The clever viewer will see what I do wrong, the rest like my self will see later).
Cutting a rabbet for the lift.
Off go the top, so it can be lowered.
A top plate are made to stabilize it.
Now it can run up and down in the rabbets.
Yes this was when I realized I had to mirror it.
Fools fall in love and make mistakes, guess I’m quite a fool.
Why it needed to be mirrored?
Due to the direction of the drum when spinning, we need to go against the spin, otherwise we are out of control.
Yes I know, I’m out of control in general…
Not a big deal, just have to cut a new rabbet.
Then some glue.
Outfeed table are fixed.
Square it up and add a backup piece for strength.
And a back side to the box.
I give it a few screws, just to make sure it’s sturdy.
Then the lift are glued together.
Just to be sure it will run straight, it gets some sides too.
More glue and a top with a rabbet.
Now I screw up and in.
Screw up, because I start drilling without a clamp so the MDF cracks…
Then screw in the top.
A really long screw.
Yes there are blood on the jig… Mine. Nothing serious.
We got a lift!
Sorry to be out of focus, but this should show the idea.
Now I can square it all up.
Fixating the lift by drilling and leaving the drill in the hole.
Then glue on the lift top.
(Here you can see the screwed up MDF).
Two screws and glue should do the job.
I could not find my threaded inserts (found them after).
So I used one of these, really should have been in from the other side, but we will fix it.
All this for fixing…
Ok, we are getting close now.
A top are fitted, need a hole for the drill press to reach the drum.
Ohh yes and that terrible threaded thing…
Got it fixed, the lid will hold it in place.
A toy wheel can make a handle for the bolt.
Ohh yes and I fixed it.
Now the top can be mounted, I do this with no glue, so it can be opened in case I need that.
Here from down under.
Just for pleasure I close the screw holes on the in- and outfeed tables.
Then fasten the drum to the drill press.
Clamping it in place.
And yes it really works and really well in fact.
So a happy monkey here, with a smile, isn’t that what this is all about?
Hope can inspire, perhaps even to get more use of your drill press.
The best of my thoughts,
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.