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Project by ca8920 posted 05-18-2016 05:09 AM 2884 views 24 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I picked up a cheapo Chicago Electric (Harbor Freight) lathe at a garage sale about a year and a half ago and finally found a good use for it. As I say it was really a cheapo, the frame was very flexible and it wasn’t good for a much as a lathe, I used it mostly for buffing and polishing projects until I recently saw a Stephen Ogle video about his home made drum sander. Working from Ogle’s video, I created my version and it works great.

All of the wood came from my shop. I had to buy a piece of PVC, a carriage bolt, a nut for the carriage bolt, a sanding belt and set of hinges. The total cost for the project was less than $20.00

I based the sanding wheel on a 3” piece of PVC with a 3/4” circle of red oak screwed into each end. The sanding material is a 4” x 36” belt glued to the PVC with some spray adhesive. The sled is 3/4” MDF with a 6” x 1/2” carriage bolt used to raise and lower the sled. The sled is anchored to the lathe with a couple of pieces of 3/4” plywood that rotate under the lathe bed. I use a set of knobs I had to tighten the plywood to the bed.

To operate, I set the lathe to the lowest speed, I then set the sanding depth height with the carriage bolt. When everything is set, I turn the lathe on and feed the material to be sanded between the sanding wheel and sled. The material is fed in from the rear of the lathe. The materials I’m sanding vibrate, hold tight and it creates quite a bit of sawdust so have a vacuum handy.

Next part of the project, a way to collect the sawdust while I’m sanding.

-- Chris, Sparks Nevada, https://www.facebook.com/ArmstrongTouch





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#1 posted 05-18-2016 11:14 AM

Wow! What a brilliant idea. Never crossed my mind it could be used as drum sander, although it’s so obvious!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 05-18-2016 11:26 AM

Hmmm, I just so happen to have a similar lathe sitting in the corner of my shop. Been wondering what I might use it for. THANKS for sharing. Adding to my favorites for future reference !

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#3 posted 05-18-2016 12:13 PM

Now that is brillant, thank you!

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#4 posted 05-18-2016 01:36 PM

That’s a creative solution to a common sanding problem.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#5 posted 05-18-2016 02:00 PM

Neat setup but I think the pipe you used is ABS not PVC.
I just got the same lathe and this something I may do .
Shipwright did something like this a while ago and did a good blog on it also using his Shopsmith http://lumberjocks.com/projects/57158

Klaus

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#6 posted 05-18-2016 02:43 PM

Great idea!! I have the exact same “Lathe”, and ditto to it being pretty useless as a lathe. How did you attach the sandpaper to the drum?

-- Pete

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#7 posted 05-18-2016 03:36 PM

I stand corrected. Yep it’s ABS not PVC. It was late when I made the post and a cocktail might have had something to do with the error.

Chris


Neat setup but I think the pipe you used is ABS not PVC.
I just got the same lathe and this something I may do .
Shipwright did something like this a while ago and did a good blog on it also using his Shopsmith http://lumberjocks.com/projects/57158

Klaus

- kiefer


-- Chris, Sparks Nevada, https://www.facebook.com/ArmstrongTouch

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#8 posted 05-18-2016 03:40 PM

I stand corrected. Yep it’s ABS not PVC. It was late when I made the post and a cocktail might have had something to do with the error.

Chris


Neat setup but I think the pipe you used is ABS not PVC.
I just got the same lathe and this something I may do .
Shipwright did something like this a while ago and did a good blog on it also using his Shopsmith http://lumberjocks.com/projects/57158

Klaus

- kiefer
I cut the sandpaper belt along it’s joining pieces then sprayed the pipe with 3m spray adhesive. I wrapped the belt around the pipe, then secured each end with a piece of black gorilla tape.


Great idea!! I have the exact same “Lathe”, and ditto to it being pretty useless as a lathe. How did you attach the sandpaper to the drum?

- PPK


Great idea!! I have the exact same “Lathe”, and ditto to it being pretty useless as a lathe. How did you attach the sandpaper to the drum?

- PPK


-- Chris, Sparks Nevada, https://www.facebook.com/ArmstrongTouch

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#9 posted 05-18-2016 07:36 PM

That a neat idea. I can hear Ivan’s wheels turning on this one.
I have been wanting one for a long time, but I have no space to keep it. I do have an extra lathe that might do the trick. Thanks for the idea!!

I’ve seen a number of them with an over-the- top vacuum pickup!

Jim

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#10 posted 05-18-2016 07:40 PM

added to my favorites. Thanks for sharing this.

-- Don, https://www.etsy.com/shop/RootandBranchGifts - http://facebook.com/rootandbranchgifts

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#11 posted 05-18-2016 08:02 PM

Looks like it will work ok, just an expensive motor drive.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#12 posted 05-18-2016 10:57 PM

I have a 70’s Rockwell lathe that I have not yet used (always planned too though). Can toss up a video here on you thickness’ing a board really quick? I am unsure how you feed/hang onto your piece.

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ca8920

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#13 posted 05-18-2016 11:38 PM

There’s a link to Ogle’s original video on my original post you can see everything there.

Chris

I have a 70 s Rockwell lathe that I have not yet used (always planned too though). Can toss up a video here on you thickness ing a board really quick? I am unsure how you feed/hang onto your piece.

- Holbs


I have a 70 s Rockwell lathe that I have not yet used (always planned too though). Can toss up a video here on you thickness ing a board really quick? I am unsure how you feed/hang onto your piece.

- Holbs


-- Chris, Sparks Nevada, https://www.facebook.com/ArmstrongTouch

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#14 posted 05-19-2016 12:13 AM

It’s not hard to add dust collection to that sander. They do make dust.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/57158

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#15 posted 05-19-2016 12:46 AM

I have the same POS lathe and while it is junk it’s what I’ve got. Where did you get the chuck? Or if it came with it do you know what brand it is? I want one to make things easier with it.

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