|Project by treeman||posted 08-23-2009 05:46 PM||26476 views||126 times favorited||43 comments|
I just completed my 24” V-Drum sander with the help of a 24” kit from Stockroom Supply. The kit contained the drum, pulleys, link belt, pillow blocks and mounting brackets as well as plans for the box and top. The box was easy to build and went together fast. I took a little more time on the top because I wanted to get it as flat and slick as possible.
I laminated the top from two sheets of 1/2” MDF and 1 piece of 1/8” hardboard. This gave me a total thickness of 1 1/8” which is the recommended thickness. For the 24” sander it seemed that there was a very small amount of flex in the center of the top. Since I wanted dead flat and stable, I reinforced the underside with 1/8” aluminum angle stock.
This picture shows the working end and you can see the motor and drum connection. You can also see the dust rails mounted to the box beside the drum.
The sander does a FANTASTIC job. If you take the time to adjust it properly it will sand a panel very flat. It takes pretty small bites but leaves a super smooth finish. After taking multiple passes on a panel, I could detect no taper or thickness difference when I measured using my dial caliper.
Sanding rolls are available from 60 to 2000 grit. This should be more than enough to meet any need. The sandpaper is very easy to remove and install and I can already change grits in less than a minute. The sandpaper can be re-applied multiple times and so far I can’t detect any wear on the paper.
Overall, I think this is a great product and I am very happy with both the kit and my build.