24 inch drum sander

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Project by eddy posted 01-22-2010 11:17 PM 10847 views 48 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

after seeing a few made here i decided to take the dive and make 1 8 days later here it is
started with the 1 most people have been referring to here is a link i did receive some help for a few fellow lumber jocks here is the thank you list hooked me up with a motor for a good price helped me with some questions i had also helped me out when i had a question
thank you alll
anyway drum is 3/4 Burch ply cut into circles. and glued to a 5/8 rod is 4 inchs in diameter i would rec. using a 3/4 if you make 1 this long is i can bush agains mine and get about .025 flex out of it. made the table longer than most. my thought on this is the first thing you put on your table saw is a out feed table so i will see how this works out.
table is 2 feet wide and 4 feet long all framing is 2/4 comstruction grade (took for ever to get 6 stright boards)
jointed and planed flat. then screwed and glued. last pic is cking for round i have it with in .020 of round accross the tube.
this is a gentle giant feeding by hand is very easy just dont stop in the middle or you will grove the wood.
will paint it to match the shop (red) later. i have wax on the mdf and the wood seams to move fine on this may add a top later. just came back from harbor freight with a 2 hp. dust colector as i can see the 3/4 unit i have been using will never keep up with this thing.

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#1 posted 01-22-2010 11:49 PM

Get a better bag and build a separator for that DC… The 5 micron stock bag will throw that dust right back into the air… (But with a better bag, it’s a fine cheap DC for sure!)

That sander looks pretty good. How well does it work?

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#2 posted 01-22-2010 11:50 PM

very cool. great post!

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#3 posted 01-23-2010 12:15 AM

Hey she’s a beauty Eddy.
Going to need a DC on it for sure but it looks like a machine that will last and give great results.
Do you find the 3/4 motor has enough power for this application?
Glad to see you got the paper and she is up and running.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#4 posted 01-23-2010 02:39 AM

Got to build one of those. Thanks for the post.

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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#5 posted 01-23-2010 03:12 AM

dbhost my dust collector is outside is a shed but it was a very small unit (less than 500 cfm) barley kept up with my band saw the new unit i got today is a 2 hp unit it too will be mounted outside. i will see how much dust stays in the shed if it starts leaking out i will do like you say and get a better filter. the small collector just could not keep up. sander works great
jim the motor works great i pulleyed is down to about a 2 inch pulley. sands very well should have a permanent hood on it by tomorrow this thing makes a lot of dust.

chips there are a few of them that have been made here and people that will help if you have a problem
this is a lot easier than it appears to by

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#6 posted 01-23-2010 03:59 AM

Looks like a winner

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#7 posted 01-23-2010 01:52 PM

Looks great! I need to work faster so I’ll have more time to build cool stuff like this!

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#8 posted 01-24-2010 03:15 AM

Hey Eddy,

Looks like you have a great sander there – I am interested in seeing what your dust hood will look like..

Thank you for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#9 posted 01-24-2010 03:18 AM

eddy, An interesting project! Be safe my friend!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#10 posted 01-26-2010 10:28 PM

Very quick and simple implementation of the idea… Where did you get the velcro and hook & loop sanding strip for the drum?

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#11 posted 01-27-2010 03:34 PM

i purchased the sandpaper at
best price i could find and a wide selection of grits
the sander now has a dust hood

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#12 posted 02-05-2010 05:29 AM

Hey Eddy, After talking to you at the Farmers market today, I checked out your drum sander and signed on as a lumberjock. Very nice work on the sander. I am going to build one. I will no doubt need your advice along the way. I really like your work, See you at the VV farmer market. Phil, from Open Range Wood Works

-- Lucky to get paid for what I love to do. Make sawdust.

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