V-Drum Sander with Accessories

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Project by Bearpaw posted 06-09-2012 08:14 PM 9104 views 41 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally finished my V-drum sander, so now to making cutting boards. As you can see my sander is much like everyone else, but I have added a few accessories.

1. This thing is heavy to lift. I am having surgery on my shoulder for a torn ligament in ten days, so I cut in to the overhang handles. It is much easier to lift.

2. To move it around the shop I added castors. To keep the top from flipping open I put a screen hook on it.

3. I added a Velcro strip to secure the power cord. Since I am retired Navy Aviation, I like things neat and safely stowed. I kept the block of wood that I used to set my pillow blocks with. It is stored inside and marked. This way I will be able to realign them if I have to remove them for some reason.

4. I put four chair leg plastic buttons on the bottom for easier moving on the work bench. Not to sure how that will work, but worth a try.

5. The most important accessory is the board next to the sander. This is 1/8” plywood rip to the width and the length of my sandpaper. The ends were cut to the angle I need to start wrapping the sandpaper.

To make my disk, I used a 4” hole saw to cut them. I then made a 1/4” locator pin to position the disk and then drilled out the center hole for the shaft. I could only make a starter hole and then I finished drilling the shaft’s hole.

This is not an easy project, but it will be a welcome addition to the work shop.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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Ryan Haasen

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#1 posted 06-09-2012 10:55 PM

Very cool, I like the design.

-- Ryan

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#2 posted 06-10-2012 01:30 AM

Yup that looks good and a lot of thought went into it to make it work for you .
Now make it work ,I am waiting for your cutting boards !

Kiefer 松

-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 06-10-2012 02:49 AM

I really need to make one of these. Yours looks nice and should help you get those cutting boards nice and flat.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#4 posted 06-10-2012 03:19 AM

Looks great, modifications are always a great benefit to the user and these are so useful

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 06-10-2012 10:22 AM

very cool..I just saw the commercial ones..the bigger of the two is over 800.00…so good job making it yourself

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#6 posted 06-10-2012 12:17 PM

Michelletwo, I have less than $75.00 in this project. Mine is 24” wide.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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#7 posted 06-10-2012 12:19 PM

Great Build!

Looking forward to seeing some of the projects accomplished using this!

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

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#8 posted 06-10-2012 02:12 PM

Terrific build. It looks as though you fabricated your own cylinder. I would be curious to know what method you used to acheive that, and whether you have experienced much static build up of dust. Several other home built units I’ve seen utilized PVC pipe, but static seems inevitable to me.The polycarbonite cylinder that Stockroom Supply sells claims to be static free but I just can’t justify spending that much money. I’ve always envisioned a unit that sits in the formica side table of my Delta table saw.

-- Woodfella, Northern Illinois

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#9 posted 06-10-2012 04:16 PM

Looks like a good build to me. Top-3 congrats goin your way also

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Joe Lyddon

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#10 posted 06-10-2012 04:21 PM

A few years ago, I made this one from Stockroom Supply.

I haven’t used it very much… I needed to get the top Flat, etc.

Well, I have flattened the Top! Finally!

I will put a laminate like Formica on both top & bottom of the Top… will wax it good… should improve things quite a bit.

I also have to upgrade it with a better means to adjust the Height adjustment!

I don’t know if you can still get them from or not…

Your idea is really good! That should make it a lot easier for you to manage it.
I have mine on top of an old printer stand, that I put wheels on!
You might get a glimpse of it in my pictures of my Shop Reorganization blog.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#11 posted 06-10-2012 04:42 PM

Very cool. Well done. Looking forward to more of your thoughtful work! (Thank you for your service also!)

Very Respectfully,


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

View Bearpaw's profile


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#12 posted 06-10-2012 07:05 PM

Nate I want to thank you and the others that have served out Great Nation by being willing to give it all.

This past Monday was the 68 anniversary of D-day. It is my prayer that never again will such an effort like that would be necessary.

May God richly bless you and bless the USA.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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#13 posted 06-10-2012 07:34 PM

So cool.
Just put it in my favorites as:
Coolest V-drum sander
Best thoughts,

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

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Kent Shepherd

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#14 posted 06-11-2012 01:26 PM

Really nice job on the sander. I know you will put it to good use.

Thanks for sharing


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#15 posted 06-12-2012 04:25 AM

Nice, be sure to leave that on a list for me when you really retire. I will make a spot for it. (laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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