drum thickness sander

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Project by lewis62 posted 856 days ago 2734 views 14 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Never thought it would work.
Thanks to lumber jocks for their postings, used some ideas of all of your postings.
Almost all of it is cut offs of 3/4 mdf laying around the shop.
Pulleys and bearings ,chain and gears came form surplus center, all tread ,and misc from mcmaster carr.
The rest were items around shop, belt ,motor ,shaft, etc.
Motor is 1 horse old one from table saw put 3 horse upgrade on it.
it is under powered but if slow down feed ,pushing, or limit thickness removal it actually WORKS!
have feed belt setup in progress will repost update later.

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#1 posted 856 days ago

Awesome, thanks for posting

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#2 posted 856 days ago

impressive, good work

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#3 posted 856 days ago

Great job on this. What is the drum material and the table size?

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#4 posted 856 days ago

Nice build : )
Have you sealed the particle board and mdf to help keep moisture out ?

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#5 posted 856 days ago

Great use of leftovers and scraps. I just built one myself and they certainly don’t have to be expensive to be accurate and get the job done.

Good one.

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#6 posted 856 days ago


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#7 posted 856 days ago

if we evaluate the work done, then great!
but your machine is not feeding conveyor and adjust it, and it’s real pleasure))

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#8 posted 855 days ago

Can you post a video? I would love to see how it works. How do you feed the wood through, etc..

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#9 posted 837 days ago

Nice job! And good timing as I’m right in the middle of designing/building one myself! I’d like to get some more details on several items you used, mainly the height adjustment mechanism and paper hold-down method…

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#10 posted 835 days ago

I am in process of building the feed belt table will take extra pics as being built. Feeding through now is push and push till it gets close to drum and made a push jig from 1/4 inch ply and a handle to get it past the drum, it is a 2 man job to get most things done, I did push the one cutting board through my self, was not fun.
Drum is 3/4 particle board approx 6 in dia., and 27 inches wide epoxied on a 7/8 stainless shaft. Than turned true to table with sand paper glued to a board with a handle. Can send a finished 26 inch wide through.
Will try to add some pics of lift set up with discription for you here soon. and than a short video later.
Almost forgot , sanded one more cutting board and checked thickness from one side to other with good caliper, .006 difference left to right, on 1and 3/4 thick maple ,beech, 20 inches long and 16 inches wide.

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#11 posted 835 days ago

Can you place a shim under the low side to even it out ?
What is the difference from the left side (0”) to the (26”) full width right side ?
(I’m assuming your measurements went only as far as the 16” width of your board.)
Thanks : )

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