Shop Made Drum/Thickness Sander

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Project by woodnteeth posted 01-19-2015 06:14 AM 4845 views 45 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As you can see by some of my previous projects, I build heirloom, custom made fly fishing landing nets out of exotic woods of the world. go to to see more recent ones. One challenge I had was the initial sand down to take off the excess glue and get an even thickness. A planer would tear it up so I set to build a thickness sander. I did some research online and found Jim Murphy’s project. This is a fantastically built and documented thickness sander:

Jim did an amazing job on his sander with a wonderful raising/lowering mechanism idea that really appealed to me so I decided to make one like his. I just recently put the sandpaper on the other day and it works like a charm.

Thanks for looking!

-- Alan

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#1 posted 01-19-2015 12:49 PM

Nice build. I really need to make one of these myself. Maybe this summer.

-- Chris K

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Tom Godfrey

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#2 posted 01-19-2015 02:11 PM

Something I always wanted but couldnt see spending the big bucks to get one so this I can see myself making. Thanks for sharing all the information and hopefully within the next couple of months I can have one to call my own.


-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#3 posted 01-19-2015 03:13 PM

Nicely done. I would not like to be without my little Jet 10-20. Also, your nets are outstanding. Very nice work.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 01-19-2015 07:59 PM

Alan you do some very nice work on the nets. I’ll bet that sander will really be of help. You know, you don’t live all that far from me….you are welcome to come on over and we can build one for my shop together… was worth a try!

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#5 posted 01-19-2015 08:40 PM

That is awesome!

Do you feed the stock through it manually?


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#6 posted 01-19-2015 11:10 PM


This is on my shot list. Thanks for sharing.

What size motor did you use?


-- -- Andy, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of liberty must undergo the fatigues of supporting it” - Thomas Paine

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#7 posted 01-20-2015 01:18 AM

Thanks all for checking it out and for checking out my mo-nets website.

Larry, you fly me to Hawaii and I’ll build one with you…it was worth a try!

Charlie, yeah, I feed the stock manually. The table top is FRP so it slides pretty easily.

Andy, the motor is a standard 1 hp 1725 rpm electric motor.

Thanks all for viewing.

-- Alan

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#8 posted 01-20-2015 01:32 AM

Nice work, I’m so jealous!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#9 posted 01-20-2015 02:01 AM

VERY impressive build!

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

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#10 posted 01-20-2015 02:16 PM

Nice maschine!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 01-20-2015 03:46 PM

That’s a very nice shop built machine. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 01-21-2015 05:06 AM

Great job, will you make me one…LOL no seriously will you?

-- Wayne Ryan, Texas Blanks, Blanks

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