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Project by Ken90712 posted 1409 days ago 5647 views 34 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just completed my 18” V-Drum sander kit from Stockroom Supply. The kit contained the drum, pulleys, link belt, pillow blocks and mounting brackets as well as plans for the box and top. The box was easy to build and went together fast. I took a little more time on the top because I wanted to get it as flat as possible.

I laminated the top from two sheets of 1/2” MDF and 1 piece Formica on both sides. In hind sight I would have made the top thicker. Reason being, as you cut the clearance for the pulley it makes it to thin so your better of going all the way through. I would have preferred a smaller hole and not looking at the pulley is all.

Stockroom Supply recommends a 1/4 Hp Motor at 1750 RPM’s, the RPM’s are the important part. I upgraded to a grizzly sealed 1/3 Hp for a little more power. I figured I do alot of End Grain Cutting Boards so it couldn’t hurt.

It has a dust port I hook up to my cyclone There is very little heat generated, and not a lot of dust is airborne, it all just falls in the box and gets sucked up.

Thanks for the help Thedane, Spalm, Treeman & Blaccherry.

The guys came up with some neat ideas to enhance the box and gave me good advice. Like the rod and sand paper holders for example.

This is a board sanded with 80 & 100 so far, Man is this going to cut down sanding time! Took me forever to get this done as work keeps getting in the way.

Thx everyone for your help and comments.

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





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Dusty56

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#1 posted 1409 days ago

Very nicely done …crisp and clean : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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GMman

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#2 posted 1409 days ago

You did very good lots of work but it paid off….Thanks for posting

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cranesgonewild

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#3 posted 1409 days ago

Looks well made. I can see the advantages for sanding an end grain cutting board. What else would someone use it for? I’m asking because I almost bought a 12” disc sander this afternoon, but change my mind. Maybe I’ll look into one of these.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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degoose

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#4 posted 1409 days ago

Hey fungi.. they work great for drawers and boxes due to the no height restriction inherent in a drum sander..Ken…looking good.. and so are the boards… keep cutting…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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konaman

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#5 posted 1409 days ago

what was your final cost for the project?

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tdv

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#6 posted 1409 days ago

Nice one Ken I built my own version but kept the bearings & pulley out side of the box to stop the bearings clogging with dust I built a guard aroung the belt with bendy ply (see posting) so I didn’t have to cut into the top. Anyway I really love it I use it all the time & it’s more versatile that the Jet 18/36 I had & the air is a lot cleaner in my shop now

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

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bill merritt

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#7 posted 1409 days ago

Good looking job. Need one in my shop. Thanks for the post.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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SPalm

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#8 posted 1409 days ago

WooHoo. You did it. Congrats.

Nice build. Very clean.
I hope it will be a good addition to your shop. I doesn’t do everything, but what it does do it does well.

And like you said, dust collection is easy with this one.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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canadacooler

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#9 posted 1409 days ago

I bought the same sander about 3yrs ago including the top. It is very handy in the shop and I use it all the time. Not really great for table tops though.

-- islandworkshop

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blackcherry

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#10 posted 1409 days ago

Congrats Ken on your very own v drum, you are going to love this contraption. It a real handy tool to have around for the smaller and finer sanding /finishing projects. I would recommend adding the fence for extra support on sanding tall box on end and also squaring up edges of boards. I also added a guard on the belt that exposed area always gave me the willeys…stay safe and enjoy…Blkcherry

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Rustic

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#11 posted 1409 days ago

cool I need on of these

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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lanwater

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#12 posted 1409 days ago

It looks good!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Ken90712

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#13 posted 1409 days ago

Thx everyone,
Motor from grizzly was $84.00 The kit was $235.00 + some extra sandpaper $40.00 for a sheet of BB plywood $30.00 for a sheet of 1/2 Mdf and $45.00 for a sheet of Formica which I used the rest on a table I use for glue up of cutting boards. So roughly $450.00 It’s better than a grand for a drum sander right now. my planer does and great job and this will cut down my sanding time.

Cranesgonewild, I could not live with out my Disc sander I use that all the time. This will cut down sanding and you can do panels up 36 in if you keep flat. The one thing that sold me on this is the paper DOES NOT care if the is paint or varnish on them, it doesn’t clog up like drum sanders do.

Thx everyone Degoose, Spalm & Blackcheery for e mailing me with advice I plan on building 2 fences with rollers soon.

http://www.stockroomsupply.ca/shop/drum-sanders/18-x2-v-drum-the-works-kit.html

http://www.grizzly.com/products/Motor-1-3-HP-Single-Phase-1725-RPM-TEFC-110V-220V/G2527

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

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mafe

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#14 posted 1409 days ago

Well done.
I want one!!!
But in my little country no one sells those kits!!!
Guess I have to be inovative at some point.
Best thoughts buddy,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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lew

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#15 posted 1409 days ago

Sweet!!

Great build, Ken.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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