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Project by tdv posted 1523 days ago 3504 views 53 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my take on a surface sander I had a jet drum sander but it created too much dust even with extraction & I found it awkward to change the abrasive strips with that spring loaded clip at the motor end where it’s hard to get to. I saw a thing called a sand flea on you tube & this is my version it’s made of 3/4” birch ply the top is laminated both sides with formica the belt guard is a piece of ply shaped & wrapped in bendy ply depth of cut is controlled by the 3 adjusting knobs mounted in aluminium angle. the fence is good for edging it’s from an old bandsaw. The drum is made from 4” polycarbonate pipe a full 24” wide & supported on nylon discs & keyed onto a mild steel shaft, it’s wrapped in adhesive backed velcro so it’s real easy to change abrasive. I used bendy ply to line the inside so the dust is fed direct into the shopvac pipe & it works great , it removes about 1/2 mm in one pass with virtually no dust. I’m very pleased with the result

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#1 posted 1523 days ago

That looks great! Looks like a simple enough build, I’m glad your design works well.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#2 posted 1523 days ago

That is a really clean build. And a nice fence too. I always think of this style of sander as an abrasive jointer. They’re very nice to have about.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 1523 days ago

Pretty cool build.
got a you tube link?

-- Doug...

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#4 posted 1523 days ago

Very nice work. Not only useful, but well built as well. Very cool….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#5 posted 1523 days ago

Thanks guys. Doug Just type in woodcraft sand flee drum sander & that’ll get you there

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#6 posted 1523 days ago

This is the nicest hand-built one of these I have seen yet.

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

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Walt M.

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#7 posted 1523 days ago

Nice job Very clean looking build
How were you able to bend the plywood for the belt cover?

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#8 posted 1523 days ago

Thanks it’s kind of you to say so gents. in answer to your questionWalt I just cut the shape I wanted out of 3/4” ply the I cut a 2 1/2”strip of bendable 1/4” ply Wrapped it around with glue & pinned it in place it will probably be available at a sheet materials stockists it’s very handy stuff
Best to you

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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John Stegall

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#9 posted 1523 days ago

Here is a link to a review (paid ad really) from David Thiel of Popular Woodworking:

Great job Trevor. Very, very professional looking.

-- jstegall

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#10 posted 1523 days ago

Great Job! I’ll take one please LOL

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 1523 days ago

Great idea. Yet another project for me to build.

-- Ray

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#12 posted 1523 days ago

Very nice build!!! It looks like it works well.

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#13 posted 1523 days ago

Great job Trevor a very clean and detailed build

I was trying to see where dust collection was?

-- Custom furniture

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#14 posted 1523 days ago

Great job Trevor. I also built one similar after watching a video clip from stockroom supply.
You added some nice details that I will have to steal and add to mine. The top adjustments are a great idea.
I used Duct tape and added or subtracted to get the desired height.
I also used pvc pipe and hook and loop paper. It really works well.

-- Carl R Mesaros

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#15 posted 1523 days ago

Wow! great work!

Does the drum woble at all?

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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