The Little V Drummer Boy

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Project by blackcherry posted 12-24-2009 06:20 PM 3463 views 24 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello LJ and a very Happy Holiday to all. Well the v drum sander kit final arrived this week and all I had to do was install the kit to the box that I made while waiting for the kit to arrive. At the recent Chicago show I spend quit sometime with the demo expert of this sander and couldn’t quit pull the trigger on purchasing this kit due to its price. That night a fellow LJ treeman posted his sander but with a fence and then I saw more possibility having this type of sander in my shop. That same evening I was in the basement and sitting on my old work bench was a bench top drill press with the right size motor and switch for the 18” v drum kit. The next day I return to the show and purchase the kit which had to be ship from Ontario Canada a whopping 10 day delivery. I download the plans for the box and built everything I possible could before the kit arrived. The only major set back was the shaft size on the motor was 14mm and the kit was 1/2” diam. Oh what to do now buy a motor at 104.00 new, order a sheave pulley from in-line industry at 12.50 plus shipping and then a light bulb when off and I search the internet for a local machine shop. This was one of the most impressive machine shop I ever walk into the owner of this shop has a family history of more than 60 years at this location. The shop was like walking into portal of years past. Machines that dated back to post WWll the size of these machine were impressive to say the less, the mere tonnage of weight I could not begin to calculate. One piece a drill press that was cemented into slab had to weigh in at 2 to 3 tons. This shop has seen it hay day says the owner it is now reduce to a hobby shop for building boiler type train replicas I wish I would of had my camera with me you Jock would have been impressed with some of the trains these guy’s are building. In less than 10 minute my pulley was re-sized and I was on my way to finishing the install kit. It took a little time fine turning everything and then I put it to a small test resurfacing one of my most used cutting board as you can see from the pic’s. Enjoy and thanks for reading about this build. Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year…Blackcherry

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#1 posted 12-24-2009 06:29 PM

Congrats on a great new tool ,super job

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 12-24-2009 08:11 PM

Now that’s a nice addition to any shop. I will have one of those set up in my shop….someday….

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#3 posted 12-24-2009 08:28 PM

Man I have been on the fence to buy this for a cpl months. Its either this or a drum sander, I really think this is a way to go being it doesnt get gummed up if there is glue or varnish. Let me know what you think. Merry X-mas

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

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#4 posted 12-24-2009 10:00 PM

yet another tool for the list… good for you…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 12-24-2009 11:34 PM

I like the box you made for this kit. It looks like it will do the job.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#6 posted 12-25-2009 01:14 AM

Looks very cool nice job!

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#7 posted 12-25-2009 01:35 AM

sweet tool ,
have a great holidays too !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 12-25-2009 01:47 AM

very cool, so far yours look the best!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#9 posted 12-25-2009 02:54 AM

Really cool! Thanks for sharing that one.

-- I cut it twice and the damn thing is still too short!@#$%

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#10 posted 12-25-2009 05:34 AM

Nice job BC.I hope it everything the guy at the booth told us it was. Where is that machine shop? It may be handy to know that and we live close to one another.

-- Keith, Bolingbrook, Illinois. The way I figure it I only have the rest of my life to get good at this...

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#11 posted 12-25-2009 05:48 AM

Hey Keith, Merry Christmas so far it truly is a nice addition to the shop. I still would like to test it on some serious end grain work. The machine shop is off rt. 59 and Wolf Rd., it a amazing shop to say the least. It call the Wheatland Machine Shop, google it and get a map or just give me a shout out and we can view it, I like to get some camera shots.

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#12 posted 12-25-2009 05:55 AM


Merry Christmas and A Happy and Blessed New Year

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#13 posted 12-25-2009 09:37 AM

Hey Blackberry,
Nice job and finish…welll done.

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#14 posted 12-26-2009 10:34 AM

I sure hope you like yours as much as I like mine. It looks like you did a super build job on the box and top. Add the fences like I build and you’ll be amazed at ther versatility.

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#15 posted 12-26-2009 04:55 PM

Thanks treeman it was your post that put the wheels in motion. It was a fun build and so far I’m impress with it out put, it runs so sweet. The fence is next on my list thanks for your post and have a great Holiday…Blkcherry

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