|Project by Sinister||posted 09-13-2010 04:49 PM||16519 views||77 times favorited||24 comments|
Inspired by many fellow LJs, I recently built this 18” drum sander. I was able to cannibalize the motor, bearings, and lift mechanism. The only materials I needed to buy were a sheet of MDF (for the bed and drum cylinder), some countertop veneer, a piano hinge, a sheet of plexiglass, and the adhesive back velcro and sandpaper. Approximately $150-200.
The primary plan sources I used were from http://www.rockslide.org/drum%20sander.html and http://lumberjocks.com/projects/7641 but there are many other homemade drum sanders on lumberjocks from which one can draw inspiration.
It’s constructed out of a mishmash of oak I had in my wood pile. There is white oak, red oak, pallet oak, and some nice quartersawn oak. The mobile base is a bit over-engineered but it works well. It’s finished with danish oil.
-- Patrick, Iowa City