drum sander

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Project by CarlR posted 03-23-2010 12:45 AM 4285 views 59 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few weeks ago a drum sander was posted built from a Stockroom kit. I was intrigued as to how well it would work.
I went to the Stockroom website and watched their demo video and thought about ordering one.
Then I thought what the heck I’m retired with lots of available shop time so I went to our local hardware and $51.00 later had all the parts I would need to construct one of my own.
I used 3” pvc pipe for the drum, turned 3 donuts and bored 5/8ths holes in them for the shaft.
Scrap wood was used for the box and powered by an old 1/3rd hp motor that was laying around.
As you can see in the second photo I used gorilla duct tape to shim the top to the perfect height. It was real close so only had to use 2 layers on one side and one on the other.
I had a roll of 4” 180 grit paper ( from my body shop days ) and cut the ends to roll on the drum.
I then used a small dab of contact cement to fasten the paper on each end. Waited about five minutes for the cement to set and fired it up. It works!
Takes off about 1/64”, but it’s just what I was hoping for.
Now I’m going to research the proper paper and application technique.

-- Carl R Mesaros

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#1 posted 03-23-2010 01:08 AM

What a neat project.

-- Norman

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#2 posted 03-23-2010 01:20 AM

Nice job, looks very useful. I have an extra 1/3 hp motor around and it’s nice to know that is enough hp.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#3 posted 03-23-2010 01:24 AM

Looks like You did it! Were there any big problems with the building of it? They have a package of parts that You send for. I assume that You constructed it on Your own?

-- Saved, and so grateful, consider who Created it ALL!!!

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Tim Dahn

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#4 posted 03-23-2010 01:27 AM

I like the belt and pulley setup, gets the motor out of the way. I think you will find yourself using it a lot. God job!

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#5 posted 03-23-2010 01:36 AM

Welcome to LJs Carl. Looks like an absolute beauty sure to garner a bevy of response.

The large top work surface is especially nice; one feels you can come in from any angle and walk around for better control. The base bench looks nice ‘n’ hefty which I really appreciate.

Looking past the featured prize in the pictures, I like what I see. When you get a chance my friend, a pictorial tour of your workshop would be greatly appreciated.


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#6 posted 03-23-2010 01:44 AM

Looks well thought out and executed. It looks like a winner to me.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#7 posted 03-23-2010 02:12 AM

Nice project. I can’t wait until I’m retired and have plenty of available shop timetoo.

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#8 posted 03-23-2010 02:43 AM

Very good Carl. I hope you write up a blog about how you did it along with any pictures. This would be a winner in any shop, especially if you like building your tools yourself.

-- jstegall

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#9 posted 03-23-2010 03:21 AM

Excellent job. I love it!

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

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#10 posted 03-23-2010 03:22 AM

darn i need to either build one or buy one in other woords i need one bad! very nice job ;)

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#11 posted 03-23-2010 03:46 AM

Very nice! Where did you get your bearings and support blocks?

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 03-23-2010 05:09 AM

The bearings were common hardware items. Sleeve type (bronze with oil cups)
The supports were made of 1 1/2” x 4” 0ak.
Thanks to all for the encouraging comments.

-- Carl R Mesaros

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#13 posted 03-23-2010 02:43 PM

Nice job!

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#14 posted 03-23-2010 02:43 PM

I’ve seen alot of these being made. They are awsome to have in the shop. I personally have a Jet 16-32. With the drum comming from the bottom of the project piece and no pressure comming from the opposing side, can this item be used for thickness sanding or is it just for surface sanding? By the way, Welcome to Ljs. I am sure you’ll find this site to be one of the best tools in your shop.

-- Rodd, Texas grandpa

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#15 posted 03-23-2010 02:56 PM

Great job.

I’m so glad you posted this and your timing is perfect.

I have also looked at Stockroom Supply website and I have seriously considered buying their kit. But I am also retired and I think I have the ability to make my own. I also was thinking that a PVC pipe would make the perfect drum. However, I am thinking about turning a solid wood core on my lathe.

You have inspired me to try this.

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

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