|Project by soakjr||posted 02-20-2017 10:18 PM||1693 views||9 times favorited||13 comments|
I have been working on this for a while now. I have a large 46-450 Delta Turning Lathe, that I really don’t use all that much. After seeing a couple homemade drum sanders online, I decide to make my own version that would attach and detach to my lathe. I wanted a wide, always level table so I came up with sort of a sliding incline plane design (vs some of the online hinged angled tables). The two planes themselves are rather thick so it limits the overall max sanding thickness to about 2” to 2 ¼” which typically plenty for me, but arguably the downfall of this design. The pitch of the planes are 2:9, so about 9” of travel up the plane is required to go from full depth to 1/8” thickness. The Table is 30” wide.
I was worried about it being hand feed while designing but it’s actually not too bad. It allows me to adjust federate based on the amount of material taken off. Or if you have just one high spot, you can just feed fast until that area. It has proved to be a bit of a time saver.
Base is made of birch plywood and walnut. Drum is a piece of 3” PVC with hickory end caps turned to fit.
At some point I am hoping to upload a video of it in action.