V Drum Sander Trial

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Project by Redoak49 posted 03-29-2017 04:41 PM 1264 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been wanting to build a V Drum Sander and liked the idea that Shipwright had of using a Shopsmith.

I built this one as really a trial at finding out how to do some of the things and the problems that I would run into with it. The drum is made of 3/4” plywood that were cut using a hole saw. The diameter is about 2.75” and the working length is only about 10 inches. The one end is attached to the Shopsmith with a small face plate and the other end is a live center from the lathe.

As others have done, I made the cylinder and then trued it up using some coarse sandpaper on a piece of plywood. The pivot is a 1/4” rod instead of the piano hinge that others have used. The entire assembly is just clamped onto the table of the Shopsmith.

At this point, I have just taped some old sanding belts to the drum and it works great. I have hook and loop ordered and will convert to that when I get it.

It does create a lot of dust and I added some dust collection. I took a 1.5” PVC pipe and drilled holes in it and put it behind the drum. It is hooked up to my dust collector and does a very good job.

My next step is to design a combination thickness drum sander and V-Drum sander.

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#1 posted 03-29-2017 04:54 PM

Nice build. I want to build a thickness sander as well. Maybe someday.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 03-29-2017 07:34 PM

Nice build and very useful!

-- If I knew who it was and what they are doing perhaps I could defend myself...

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#3 posted 03-30-2017 12:32 AM

You got the Shop Smith so you may as well use it to it’s fullest .
Nice build and inexpensive just the way I like it .


-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 03-30-2017 01:50 AM

nice build, I just finished up a 24 inch one.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 08-17-2017 06:33 PM

Nice build. Keep that ShopSmith working!

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#6 posted 08-17-2017 07:29 PM

Wow! That’s an awesome idea! I’m supposed to be getting a lathe sometime soon, I may have to try to build one of those! Looks great!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through him that strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#7 posted 10-12-2017 11:15 PM

How did I miss this SS post?
I need to build one of these, but may have it work in drill press mod for my small parts.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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