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Homemade Drum Sander Upgrades

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Project by luv2learn posted 10-07-2012 12:36 AM 6334 views 43 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some time ago I posted my homemade “drum sander” http://lumberjocks.com/projects/62826. Since then I have made a few improvements to my original design. First, I never liked the table lifting mechanism, a piece of all thread. The table was too heavy and the all tread was too hard to turn. So, I made a scissor jack style lift modeled after my car jack. Now the table is easy to lift and easy to micro adjust.

The second thing I did was to design some material hold downs by spring loading some conveyor rollers I had laying around. I did this primarily to help hold down thin veneer stock. It worked well once I figured out the proper spring tension. I don’t use the hold downs for thicker stock so I remove them.

My last upgrade was to utilize the space under the table so I made a storage cabinet to hold my skill saws. I have more empty space to fill but that will be another project some day.

Enjoy!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green





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woodshaver

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#1 posted 10-07-2012 12:45 AM

Lee, you have been busy I see! There is alwasy room for improvement and your just the guy I would expect to get a tool to work better. Today’s my birthday so I stayed away from the shop. But I have been on Lumbderjocks off and on all day!
Great job on that upgrade. The crank and jack look cool!

Tony

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 10-07-2012 01:52 AM

I like the way you improve this sander and don’t just say that is good enough and live with it .
Good improvements that I will use when I build mine .

-- Kiefer 松

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#3 posted 10-07-2012 02:15 AM

Such nice work. I love making things to help people, especially me! How did you attach your wooden handle to the all thread? I am always interested in how wood attaches to metal like that and yours looks like it needs to be very strong. Thank you.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#4 posted 10-07-2012 02:57 AM

Kiefer, I haven’t seen many tools that in some way can’t be improved on or customized to suit one’s needs. Happy building :).

nomercadies, the handle is made from oak and so I just drilled and tapped the wood, epoxed the end of the all thread and screwed it in the handle.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 10-07-2012 03:03 AM

Really like the hold down idea!!

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

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#6 posted 10-07-2012 03:27 AM

Wow. So glad it isn’t more detailed or difficult. Thank you.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#7 posted 10-07-2012 03:55 AM

Love the scissor jack! That is just way cool.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#8 posted 10-07-2012 12:58 PM

That scissor jack could be incorporated into a nice router table lift too! Nice job!

Just out of curiosity, did you get the original drum sander plans an place in particular?

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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#9 posted 10-07-2012 01:25 PM

That is something I have been wanting to build. Very Very Cool

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#10 posted 10-07-2012 03:29 PM

Thanks everyone for your kind comments.

Milo, I loosely modeled my sander after “Pat Hawley’s build” http://woodgears.ca/sander/thickness.html although I changed up all of the dimensions to suit my needs.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#11 posted 10-07-2012 06:37 PM

This is too slick. How well does it perform? I don’t know if I have the patience tom make something like this. I admire yours.

-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."

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luv2learn

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#12 posted 10-07-2012 06:59 PM

Hey Tim, the sander performs really well. I put a 1 1/2hp. motor on it so it almost impossible to stall. Since the drum is made from MDF disks I will probably have to true it up at some point. That procedure is rather simple though, you just attach some sandpaper to the table under the drum then raise the table.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#13 posted 10-07-2012 07:50 PM

A fine looking machine! Another one for the ‘TO Do’ list?? :-)

-- Gossamer shavings just floating around the back yard….-Bandit

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#14 posted 10-08-2012 01:42 AM

I have all of the parts to do one of these and I got my idea from the woodgears.ca website as well. I just haven’t the time or really space in my shop right now. Gotta get rid of some leftover garage sale items. Maybe if I get enough saw dust on them, my wife will come out and move them.

-- Dad: Someone was supposed to pick up his toys! Son: My name isn't "Someone".

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#15 posted 10-09-2012 01:22 AM

Thanks man! I appreciate the link. I wonder if I can adapt this design to my Shopsmith design…?

Awesome job, congrats on the Top Three.

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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