Drum Sander

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Project by GSwoodworker posted 03-02-2010 02:24 AM 4523 views 45 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Inspired by other LJ drum sanders. It is made mostly from MDF and some pine. It has a sanding width of about 15 1/2 inches. I used a 1” dia. shaft for the drum with 3/4 MDF cut into circles and epoxyed them to the shaft. It is a Shop Notes magazine basic design using my table saw to drive the drum. Replacing the blade with a small pulley. Just lower the pulley to tighten up the belt. I also made all the knobs myself, using 2 different woods just for fun. I drilled the oak with a Forstmer bit and drill through with a jobber drill to recess a t-nut and glue the walnut on top to hold the t-nut in place. I turn the dia. using my drill press (I don’t own a lathe yet) cut grooves on the router a little sanding and I am most pleased with them. I should of made this years ago!!!

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#1 posted 03-02-2010 02:44 AM

That is nice addition to your shop machine tools. Do you use heavy duty or standard duty bearing? You think standard duty bearing is sufficient for say about 1,400RPM motor for this application? And another question; did you install shaft collar?
I’m still searching for 1” arbor Pillow Block Bearing. I have the 1” shaft but cannot find 1” Pillow Block.
Thanks for sharing.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 03-02-2010 03:14 AM

GSwoodworker – Nicely done, and with no stand or motor it a space saver too..

Woodworm, Look here for a 1” pillow block bearing…

This is the one I was considering using for mine..

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

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#3 posted 03-02-2010 03:23 AM

woodworm. I think a standard duty bearing is fine, I have no idea what rpm my drum is actully turing. the shaft has no collar . The pillow bearings I used have set screws on the flange and the pulley also has a set screw on top of the square 1/4 key.
I purchased my pillow blocks from MSC —-search for Item #: 05600903
hope this helps.
Sgt Snafu. space is at a min. in my workshop and this was a must. thanks

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#4 posted 03-02-2010 04:07 AM

Very nice!

Are you pleased with its performance?

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#5 posted 03-02-2010 04:13 AM

Hi Sotty, thanks for the link. Now I’m waiting for their reply whether they ship to international address.

Sgt Snafu, thanks for the info.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 03-02-2010 04:14 AM

Looks very cool

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 03-02-2010 04:16 AM

very nice work

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#8 posted 03-02-2010 04:53 AM

why buy something when you can build your own,probably last longer too

-- dannymac

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#9 posted 03-02-2010 05:07 AM

I so got to build me one of these. Great work!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#10 posted 03-02-2010 10:27 AM

Great job. Post a blog entry and include diagrams and more pictures so I can build one too :-)

-- Scott in Texas

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#11 posted 03-02-2010 02:08 PM

Nice job, posted it to my favorites.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 03-02-2010 04:08 PM

How does this work, in terms of feeding the material through? I always thought drum sanders had feeders similar to planers. Could this turn into a potato gun for wood, shooting cabinet doors across the shop?

I’m really into making your own tools. Congratulations, you should be proud!

-- -Shaun M. Baer,

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#13 posted 03-03-2010 02:04 AM

FunnelStudio, To answer your question, yes it will shoot a board accross the room, unless you feed the board against the rotation of the drum. I have seen videos from other LJ and watched them feed the board through the sander and to my suprise you need very little preasure to feed it through.
check this out.

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#14 posted 03-03-2010 04:20 AM

nice sander. Now i’ve got the bug, I think I need a drum sander.

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#15 posted 02-02-2014 01:33 AM

I am SERIOUSLY gearing up to build one of these man and want to do a table saw driven one as well but probably the stumpy nubs design, where did you get you pulley to fit on the arbor and what size pull did you use for the drum? And that thing is BEAUTIFUL!!!! I’m pretty jealous I have a end grain cutting board idea that I’m DIEING to do but I need a drum sander to do it right :/

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