|Project by Broglea||posted 02-26-2010 03:19 AM||9322 views||69 times favorited||38 comments|
Option 1 was to buy one of these units, but with a $600 price tag attached to them I decided not too.
Option 2 was to order the parts and build my own for $199 without the motor. Still too much for what you got in my opinion.
Option 3 was the only option I had left. Build my own with stuff I could get for free or dirt cheap.
Here is a 18” V drum sander. Its not the prettiest to look at, but it works great. Here’s what the material cost me.
MDF for the box and top – Free
3”X18” cylinder – Free.
Elecrical switch etc. – Free. Already had it in the shop.
Bearings – $7.00 ebay
Shaft – $8.00 hardware store
10 yds of 100 grit sandpaper – $27.99 sears
1/2 HP motor – $65.00 Harbor freight.
I ran an end grain cutting board made of cherry through it this morning. I was surprised at how quickly this little unit flattened the board.