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Project by TheDane posted 1628 days ago 11405 views 67 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought the 18” ‘The Works’ kit plus an MDF top from Stockroom Supply (http://www.stockroomsupply.com) ... so far I really happy with this little sander.

I wanted it for finish sanding of doors, panels, and draw boxes, and it looks like just the ticket. I did a review on it … see: http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/1294.

It took a couple of hours to build and wire the box, so the day after the courier arrived with the ‘kit’ I was up and running.

It is important to note that this is not a thickness sander … it is a finish sander. That being said, it does a really nice job, and is pretty kind to the environment in the shop. I built mine with a ShopVac port on the side, but even without the vac running, things stay pretty clean. Unlike most other sanders that sand from the top down (and have to sand through their own sawdust), the drum is below the table and the swarf just falls down on the dust ramp at the bottom of the box. Hardly any of the swarf gets airborne.

—Edit August 18, 2010—
I added a belt guard that improves safety … http://lumberjocks.com/topics/19509

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"





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Jason Tetterton

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#1 posted 1628 days ago

Nice execution on the box building. The kit seems rather expensive, maybe it’s just me though. Either way, looks very nice work!

-- Jason, Central Virginia

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Jeison

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#2 posted 1628 days ago

I’ve seen a bunch of these that people have made from that kit, everyone seems to love it. Does the kit include the motor? I didn’t see it mentioned but it seems a bit pricey if not (then again, I don’t have any real experience with sanders like this so I don’t know what those parts are worth individually, thats just my knee-jerk reaction).

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 1628 days ago

Nice! Definitely on my wish list.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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KnotCurser

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#4 posted 1628 days ago

I picked up one from their booth at the last woodworkers show in Baltimore a few month’s back – mine was the complete kit – just missing a motor. It was shipped from their factory in Canada and arrived within two days!

I think in this case it is worth every penny I spent on it! It has already saved me HOURS of sanding – I just used it today to flatten/finish a picture frame face – it does a terrific job and as Vincent stated it throws NO dust into the air – I cut a 4” port into the front center of mine for a dust collector hose attachment.

If you think this is pricey, check out their main competitor – the sand-flee! Now That’s one expensive sander!

Here’s a link to their stuff, which I really think is inferior to the stockroom’s product:
http://www.rjrstudios.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=RJR&Category_Code=SF

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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Jeison

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#5 posted 1628 days ago

D’oh, took a second look and realized I was looking at the price for the 30” instead of the 18.

What size motor does this need? I like to keep a list of what big stuff I might need down the line so I can snatch up the occasional deal at flea markets/ebay when I spot em

EDIT oh nvm, I see the specs listed in the review.

two “D’oh” moments in under an hour, man my head just can’t get out of first gear today

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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TheDane

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#6 posted 1628 days ago

Forgot to mention … using their top, I only needed a quarter sheet (2’ x 4’) of plywood.

They specify a 1/4hp motor for the 18” kit, but I went with a 1/3hp instead. For the bigger drums (the 18”
uses a 2” drum, while the 24” and 30” use 4” drums), the motor probably should be more powerful. I think the most important thing about the motor is the RPM rating … needs to be 1725 rpm.

Here is a link to an article that I found interesting: http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/Ezine/Articles/Stockroom_Supplys_V_Drum_Sander_A_Unique_Drum_that_4130.aspx

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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TheDane

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#7 posted 1628 days ago

Jei—Nope … the motor is not included. I got mine (a refurb) from a local repair shop. I know of another guy that got one (free) from an HVAC company … he just had to pull it out of an old furnace blower they had removed from somebody’s house.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Jeison

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#8 posted 1628 days ago

Good article. So THATS why its called a V Drum :D

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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blackcherry

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#9 posted 1628 days ago

I like the way you incorporated the stand and paper hold on the unit…very nice. I might have to add this to mine as well. Great little unit, enjoy using …Blkcherry

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bobthebuilder647

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#10 posted 1628 days ago

Lots of good info.
Nice build!

-- Rick, Pa. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

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richgreer

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#11 posted 1627 days ago

I see that you did a review of this in the review section. I’m glad you also posted it as a project because that gives us more pictures to view.

For others, I advise going to the Stockroom Supply website and viewing the video on this machine. I’m quite sure this will be the next addition to my shop.

Regarding the motor – I already have a motor but it runs at 3450 rpm. A smaller pulley on the motor will reduce the drum speed.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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TheDane

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#12 posted 1627 days ago

You might want to run that by Paul at Stockroom Supply.

For the 18” drum, they supply a 2” pulley for the motor and a 1.8” pulley for the drum.

Drum speed is critical to get proper performance, and it might be tough to get a 50% speed reduction without going to larger pulleys on both ends.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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RexMcKinnon

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#13 posted 1626 days ago

Nice sander.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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SPalm

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#14 posted 1626 days ago

Good job, and nice build. I just love mine. Adding the handles seems like a good idea. It looks like you have enough sandpaper to pass along to your grandchildren. These just do not seem to wear it out.

I did a test with removing snipe and took pictures along the way. It does a remarkable job. Very impressive. And quiet too.

(Note to all: there is about a 25% price reduction if you get them at the Wood Show)

Thanks for the post,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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TheDane

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#15 posted 1626 days ago

Steve—I decided to take advantage of the ‘Free Shipping’ and had them bundle extra sandpaper with my order. Good point about the discounts at woodworking shows … I had planned to go to the Milwaukee show to make my purchase last month, but I got hit with the flu bug and didn’t think they would want me to share it with them!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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