Drum Sander/Thickness Sander

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Here’s the video series for my drum sander. I’ve been using it for a few months now and am very happy with the results.

The only thing I’d add following on from the videos is the choice of paper is critical if you want accuracy. The Abranet Max I was using stretched, making it loose at one end and taking an extra 0.5mm off the work at that end of the drum. I’ve been getting much better results with Hermes paper backed abrasive, but you have to make sure it is fitted well or it will tear. I’m going to try the expensive Hermes JFlex cloth backed and will report back on whether I get any stretch with that.

Here’s the playlist:

If you want to skip,straight to the overview, it’s here

-- Susie Gardener. Woodworking guitar projects on YouTube:

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#1 posted 04-12-2017 02:12 PM

Very interesting build on the thickness sander, I have a commercial drum sander but always interested in the different ways that enterprising individuals make them, When I have time will watch the video’s. The video’s and sander look very well thought out and done. I do hope you show us the guitars you have built. You must be very talented.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 04-12-2017 03:47 PM

That sander is quite a large project and I hope that it works out well. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 04-12-2017 04:35 PM

Susie, welcome to Lumberjocks, I seldom comment on post on here but in your case I just wanted to tell you what a pleasure it was to watch your series of videos on this project build. Your craftsmanship and thought to detail put into this build was superb, clear and precise without distractions. Thank you for posting and I look forward to viewing any more of your project builds.

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#4 posted 04-12-2017 07:21 PM

nicely done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#5 posted 04-12-2017 07:53 PM

That looks really useful, I’ll have to give it a watch later.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#6 posted 04-12-2017 08:56 PM

Welcome to LJ’s Susie!
When I first saw your picture I though you were an Advertisement! Yes your photo with your thumb up made me think you were selling something until I looked a little further; you are the real deal!

I got though a few of your videos so far and they are very interesting and professionally done. Love the camera special effects also. You do have a knack for explaining what you do and also at hand crafting a heavy duty undertaking. Glad you joined this site. I know I’ll learn many things just watching your videos!
Thanks for sharing!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 04-12-2017 09:00 PM

A bit of a larrikin there Susie I think

-- Regards Robert

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#8 posted 04-12-2017 10:13 PM

I’m always curious: How much do you think it cost you in materials, motor, etc.?

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#9 posted 04-13-2017 09:48 AM

Great project, I enjoyed all video parts.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 04-13-2017 12:51 PM

Nice video set and sander I didn’t watch all of it yet but will be later. Nice work

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#11 posted 04-14-2017 12:42 AM

That’s quite a job Susie with very extensive detail. Well done & great end result.
It’s on my favourites list for later on.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 04-14-2017 12:37 PM

I am glad you made it to Lumberjocks Susie.

I have been following Sue for a little while now on You Tube and there is some great work there. Beautiful work if you are into guitars and such. One of the best explanations of intoning a guitar I have found (Restoring an antique parlour guitar part 45: Setting the intonation) anywhere. One of my favourite channels.

-- my blog: my You Tube channel:

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