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Project by Bill_N posted 09-26-2012 08:49 PM 4646 views 15 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

V-Drum Sander

I received some recycled wood from my father in law …these were pre casting forms from Caterpillar Tractor Co. _
I disassembled a couple of sets then went about finding a project for them.

Somewhere along the way I saw a need for a home made sander, after lots of web research I decide to follow Paul from Quebec and try my hand at v drum sanding.

I made the drum out of 3” pvc pipe with three wooden circles inside to keep it stable attached to 3/4” stainless steel rod I got from my father in law

Made the box and mounted it onto a old grill cart I got from a garage sale, oh ya there was a Black and Decker drill press mounted on the table top. (Since removed)

I had a mishap cutting the top. Will correct soon as they say this is all a learning process. _

I moved the motor to underneath the sander added a belt guard and built one fence
Will make a second at a later time

  • [ UPDATE ] **

I made a new table top
Remounted the motor added a belt guard and built a fence
I have enough material to make a second fence for the other side

need to work out some kind of hold downs for flattening

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever





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Jim Finn

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#1 posted 09-26-2012 11:32 PM

I have a “V” drum sander and I mostly use it to even out the edges of small boxes before gluing on the tops and bottoms. I make these cedar 8’x11’ boxes 20-30 at a time so this is a handy tool for me.

-- In God We Trust

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Bill_N

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#2 posted 09-26-2012 11:35 PM

Hey Jim where do you get the sander paper?
I know about Stockroom Supply but I thought I would check for other places to purchace.

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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wiser1934

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#3 posted 09-27-2012 01:54 AM

try a & h abrasives or klingspors woodworking store. safety suggestion for you. mount a single gang electrical box and put your wire connection in there with a blank cover and some stress relief for the wires, just a suggestion

-- wiser1934, new york

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Bill_N

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#4 posted 09-27-2012 02:20 AM

Yes I understand the wiring problem.
I am going to mount the motor and switch on opposite sides and have the box standing by.
was thinking of putting the motor underneath
Need to make corrections on the top also

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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RussInMichigan

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#5 posted 09-27-2012 11:48 AM

Hi Bill,
Where did you get your bearings. I want to do something similar, and I’m sort of taking notes on other people’s projects.

Thanks,
Russ

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Bill_N

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#6 posted 09-27-2012 12:10 PM

Russ
I bought 3/4” pillow bearings from Fastenal under $10.00 a piece.
The rod came from there also

and as a note I am working on a belt guard soon as I am sure where the motor will sit.

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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StumpyNubs

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#7 posted 09-27-2012 09:12 PM

I’ve been thinking about making a drum sander with PVC pipe for a couple of years now. I like that idea better than the laminated MDF discs. Great work!

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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Grumpymike

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#8 posted 09-27-2012 09:13 PM

Is there any kind of hight adjustment for depth of cut?? This is on my bucket list and i am activly stealing ideas for future use.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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Bill_N

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#9 posted 09-27-2012 09:24 PM

Mike when all is set as it should be, meaning that Velcro and sand paper are flush with the surface of the table.
The centrifugal force will cause the sand paper to rise up touching the work piece this prevents heat build up and static so the dust falls in to the box with little effort.

If you want to be more aggressive use a heavier grit

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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RandyinFlorida

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#10 posted 09-30-2012 01:36 PM

Bill_N,

I Like it.

I have a 4” dia, 18” long commercial hardwoodrolling pin, with bearings. I wonder if it would work well for this application.

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!

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lew

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#11 posted 09-30-2012 10:42 PM

Nice Job!
Try here for your sand paper, great folks to work with-
http://www.supergrit.com/

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

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Bill_N

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#12 posted 10-01-2012 12:48 AM

Randy
I would question if they are high speed bearings they must handle 1725 RPMs other wise I don’t see why not

Lew
Thanks for the tip

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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poospleasures

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#13 posted 10-09-2012 11:19 AM

I like your sander and want to make one for myself. Have been looking for the source for the base wrap for the 3” roller. Can find many suppliers for the different grit sanding rolls. Could you or someone suggest a source.
Thanks

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning. Vernon

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Bill_N

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#14 posted 10-10-2012 01:20 AM

I got the Velcro from EBay and the sand paper from www.stockroomsupply.com

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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Grumpymike

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#15 posted 10-27-2012 01:50 AM

Hi Bill, how did you secure the three wooden circles to the Stainless steel rod? with epoxy?? it would seem that if it blobed up some where insite the tube it would cause an unbalanced vibration. Or does it matter that much?

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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