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Project by Sinister posted 1417 days ago 11278 views 73 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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Nick

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#1 posted 1417 days ago

I really like the way it turned you for you. I am planning on building one of these in the next week or two myself. What thickness can yours handle and where did you get the velcro and sandpaper?

-- Nick, AZ. Wood is a canvas for God's art work, it is our job as woodworkers to figur out the best way to display it.

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BritBoxmaker

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#2 posted 1417 days ago

Looks a good job. Fun building one, isn’t it? I particularly like the castor arrangement.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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dbhost

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#3 posted 1417 days ago

I have posted this as one of my favorites. Basically speaking, add 6” to the drum width and you have the sander I am planning on building. I need to get a bigger motor for my band saw though, as I am planning on stealing the motor from that for the sander…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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WoodenFrog

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#4 posted 1416 days ago

I’d like to have one of these! Nice Work!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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SPalm

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#5 posted 1416 days ago

WooHoo. You did it. Congrats.
And a very nice build. Looks good all around.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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jockmike2

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#6 posted 1416 days ago

I keep saying I’m going to make one of these and I am by golly if it takes another 5 years. I got just about all the stuff just need to do it. What is that thing hanging down that looks like a of hanging magnet or something on a bar with a big washer at the end? What does it do a counter weight?

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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twokidsnosleep

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#7 posted 1416 days ago

This is so cool
Bravo!

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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Crushgroovin

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#8 posted 1416 days ago

Aww Dang I am sooooo Jealous!!! I have one of these on my list to build. Wonderful job!!

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

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toyguy

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#9 posted 1416 days ago

Nice job…..... I really must build one of these smeday.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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Sinister

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#10 posted 1416 days ago

Jockmike – I’m not 100% sure I know what you’re describing. I think it might be the hand crank on the threaded rod that controls the height of the bed. My pictures aren’t the best. The crank came off a broken Dewalt 13” planer (DW734). That planer has received some great reviews on LJ but mine was a lemon.

Woodminister – It can handle about 5.5 inches thick. I ordered the velcro and sandpaper online a couple months ago and I can’t remember where. I searched through my emails but I must have thrown away the conformation. I’m sorry that’s not helpful. I’ve heard other people say they ordered it from Grizzly. The trouble is, the picture on their website doesn’t match the description so I wasn’t sure of what I’d get. If I had it to do over again, I would just call their customer service and order it over the phone. They are usually pretty helpful.

-- Patrick, Iowa City

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Flemming

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#11 posted 1412 days ago

very very fine drum sander :)

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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lilredweldingrod

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#12 posted 1401 days ago

Patrick,
It appears that the pulley ratio is 1:1, what is the RPM? What is the HP of the motor? Rand

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Dark_Lightning

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#13 posted 1401 days ago

I gotta make one of these, it seems cheaper than a spiral planer to replace the regular one I bought recently.

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Sinister

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#14 posted 1400 days ago

lilredweldingrod – The ratio is ~1:1. The pulleys are both close to 5”. It’s a 1 HP motor that runs at 1725 rpm. I have no idea what is an ideal speed for a drum sander. That’s just what I ended up with with what I had on hand.

-- Patrick, Iowa City

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helluvawreck

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#15 posted 1400 days ago

That is a real nice shop built sander. Good work.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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