Hook & Loop Drum Sander

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Project by Crushgroovin posted 06-07-2010 09:05 PM 3352 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bought some sanding drum’s yesterday to use with my new Shopsmith. Got a pack of them at Harbor Freight so the good thing is they were cheap, the bad news was they were cheap. I used a couple of the & the pin used to hold the paper in place kept slipping out. Besides the annoyance of having to start & put the paper back on there was the slap in the face I got from the paper. So just like a scene out of a Windows 7 commercial I had this great idea! But this really was my idea, take the drum, get some Velcro strips, & a belt of sand paper made for a belt sander put them together and BAM! I have a hook & Loop sanding drum! I used it this morning & it works great. Plus the velcro adds some extra cushion so there isn’t nearly as much burning.

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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#1 posted 06-07-2010 09:09 PM

Looks good

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#2 posted 06-07-2010 09:34 PM

Crush, Ingenious idea man! I like the idea of the cushioning but have you noticed that the paper chatters at all because of spinning forces and deformation of the paper? It seems like it might chatter a bit.

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#3 posted 06-08-2010 12:11 AM

No chattering at all. I used a high quality loop used for a handheld belt sander to make it so a hefty piece of “paper” is attached. This helps it stand up longer over time & molds to the drum very well. The strip is really well attached and I made sure that the paper is almost exactly the right size. I gave using normal paper a brief thought but it is so thin that it would have ripped really easily.
BTW The pictures are a bit out of order. The final shot is the before picture of a piece of Purple Heart I am working on. The after picture is to the left of it. I used it to sand out some pretty gnarley bandsaw marks left on a piece of Purple heart and the strip is still spotless. I am hoping that is a good sign for the long term wear.

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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#4 posted 06-08-2010 12:55 AM

Good thinking, I’ll have to try that if you don’t mind.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#5 posted 06-08-2010 05:39 AM

The shopsmith is the only large tool I own, and LOVE it. I do complain every time I have to change over to another setup, but it really saved on money and space. I have actually timed myself, and it takes about 30 sec to change from saw to drill press!

-- Aaron Possom Town, TN

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#6 posted 06-08-2010 06:45 AM

Yep it is working out pretty well so far. I just went and bought some 150 grit to see if it will work with it as well. That will make a total of 4 sizes & shapes I will have available. It seems like the small diameter one I made up is slipping a bit but that may be because of the shoddy taping job I did with the Velcro. All in all it will be nice for rough sanding some odd shaped projects without going out and buying a random orbital drum sander. I rough sanded the inside of the Bandsaw box I am making with the piece of Purpleheart shown above, it was tricky but worked.

Feel free to make as many as you like, I’m not patenting the idea or anything.

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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#7 posted 06-08-2010 12:03 PM

Pretty slick…
Similar story… wore the velcro off a Bosch ROS… instead of replacing the expensive platten… I got a 5 inch velcro self stick circle from the hardware … works a dream… and only $11.00 and the holding power is superior… I also cut the holes for the dust collection in the velcro before I stuck it on…

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#8 posted 06-10-2010 05:03 PM

I have this same set of harbor freight drill press sanding pads. I bought it because I thought it would be nice and worth the risk to be able to use regular sanding sheets I trimmed down. thought that would be a good money saver. So far I have had good luck with mine. But i will definately keep your fix in mind if I run into the same issues. Thank you.

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