Homemade Drum Sander

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Project by khop posted 12-07-2009 12:19 AM 17135 views 143 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First off, I want to thank some of the other LJs that posted pictures and ideas of thier drum sanders. Blake, Billp, and Rareddy are a few. By looking at their sanders I got a good start on my design. It is a combination of others ideas with my own creativity added. I got alot of enjoyment out of building this. It was fun to do the engineering and developement of the construction.
OK for some stats, It will do boards up to 18” wide, from 1/8” thin to just above 4” thick. The sanding drum is 4” in diameter. I put on a half horse motor (1725 rpm) and 3” pulleys on both the motor, and the drum shaft. The shaft is 5/8” and I used some left over Power Twist belt.
The main construction is pine 2×4’s but the critical wood components are red oak. The table is two 3/4” plastic coated mdf pieces laminated together with an oak boarder.
The dust hood is made from 1/4” luan plywood and I cut in a 4” dust connector. The motor is mounted to 3/4” plywood and attatched with a piano hinge. The weight of the motor is the only tensioning of the belt.
The table heighth adjustement is a 1/2”x 9” carriage bolt with a 5” hand wheel connected to the threads.
Most of the mechanical components were purchased at my local Farm & Home store. The motor, switch, and hook & loop adhesive base and sanding media was bought from Grizzly. I have just under $200 in this rig.
IT WORKS GREAT !! I connected it to a 4” dc port and ran several pieces of 3/4” pine through it. With the dust collector running, there was absolutely no escape of any dust. Plenty of power, and easy to feed and retrieve stock. I’m glad I built this, and now I’ll build a mobile base for it. GOD BLESS. KHOP

-- How am I doing? Better than I deserve. Dave Ramsey

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#1 posted 12-07-2009 12:23 AM

Very impressive! I have been looking to buy one might have to rethink this!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 12-07-2009 12:23 AM

That is one nice looking shop made machine, well done!

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#3 posted 12-07-2009 12:27 AM

That looks great. Glad to know it works good too!

I need to build one of those soon… I keep coming up with projects that I could use one of those on…

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#4 posted 12-07-2009 12:44 AM


-- Happy woodworking!

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#5 posted 12-07-2009 12:50 AM

VERY Very nice

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#6 posted 12-07-2009 01:17 AM

Nice work dude…that is a good looking machine! I am going to put one of those together after the holidays!


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#7 posted 12-07-2009 01:21 AM

ok i’m very impressed and jealous… it looks great

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#8 posted 12-07-2009 01:27 AM

Well done Dave , I always enjoy seeing shop made machinery

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 12-07-2009 01:28 AM

I got mine about halfway completed but looks like it will have to wait a while longer to complete.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#10 posted 12-07-2009 01:32 AM

Impressive…......I’m having enough trouble just getting a sled put together, let alone try something like this (-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#11 posted 12-07-2009 01:51 AM

move over delta,jet,and all others we have a winner here, this is a sweet machine nice. its compact and everything benchtop model i like it, for that small shop. like mine.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#12 posted 12-07-2009 02:08 AM

Very cool build. How do you push the stock through? does it want to shoot out with the rotation of the drum?

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#13 posted 12-07-2009 02:27 AM

You really thought this out! I’m sure its very gratifying to use a tool that you made yourself.
I also would like to know how you feed the stock through?

Great Job!!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#14 posted 12-07-2009 02:33 AM

Sweet, I love homemade machines.

I looks like the nut for the adjustment screw is welded to the bracket. Nice handwheel too. I need to learn to weld.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 12-07-2009 02:43 AM

Very nice. Glad I could be some help.

-- --Bob

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