Shop made 16'' drum sander !

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Project by Spaltedcherry posted 12-22-2015 03:44 AM 5464 views 23 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have built this drum sander from a Shop Notes plan with some modifications to the dust hood and I put it on a stand with it’s own motor, original it war supposed to run on a table saw but the noise level was to high, made out of MDF, Purpleheart, maple, Baltic plywood and some other stuff it works very well, it take from 0’’ to 4’’ thick material and it is 16’’ wide eventually I will install a motor for the carrier.

-- Gotta love wood !

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#1 posted 12-22-2015 06:44 AM

Awesome maschine. I like the colour of it too. I planed to make it also, but I don’t have enough space for it in my workshop.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 12-22-2015 02:48 PM

That’s one handy tool for the shop.
I especially like the window to keep a check on the sand paper.
Where did the handle come from?

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#3 posted 12-22-2015 03:03 PM

What issue of ShopNotes did you find the plans? Looks professionally made. Nice job.

-- Julian

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#4 posted 12-22-2015 03:06 PM

here is a link the shop notes page

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#5 posted 12-22-2015 03:30 PM

Very nicely done, I like the simplicity of the hand crank feed, why it is variable speed too. Much less complicated than a power feed.

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#6 posted 12-22-2015 03:34 PM


Drum sanders are awesomely useful but over priced in my opinion. I paid $700 for my Performax 16/32 some years ago, now they are over $1100 (Jet equiv.) Aside from a drum that allows for easy attachment of a sanding belt and a nice, sturdy lift mechanism, the rest of the sander are things that can be bought from a surplus house.

The home-brew sanders build in the pages of LJ are clever and well thought out, but they generally lack the conveyor, which for my needs, is critical. The crank drive on this sander will cover 95% of that need, the other 5% (covered with an upgrade to a variable speed motor drive) is the boredom and fatigue if you spend much time sanding.

Nice work!

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#7 posted 12-23-2015 12:52 AM

VERY impressive build! Is the paper velcro or attached with clips?

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#8 posted 12-23-2015 01:46 AM

Awesome. Great job

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#9 posted 12-23-2015 04:04 AM

That is probably one of the best tools one can have in their shop!
That is a real nice build!

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#10 posted 12-23-2015 04:25 AM

Nice construction….very handy machine.

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#11 posted 01-08-2016 02:58 AM

VERY impressive build! Is the paper velcro or attached with clips?

- gfadvm

Thanks for the nice comment, the paper is attached at both end with a wedge and a screw !

-- Gotta love wood !

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#12 posted 01-08-2016 03:08 AM


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