Drill press table / drum sander

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Project by pneufab posted 11-11-2012 05:24 AM 7586 views 19 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed to re-saw some tiger maple and sand flat. Since I do not own a drum sander I was looking for other ideas for this project. I came across the luthier’s friend and figured, I could make something similar that would work for my project.

First step was the DP table. Pretty straightforward design. Two layers of 3/4” MDF, trimmed with Aspen. I sunk some carriage bolts into the top, epoxied them and capped them to use to mount to my cast table. I just used two pcs of scrap oak as cleats to hold in place.

For the drum sander. I found some drum sleeves and rubber drum for a Delta BOSS online for pretty cheap. I purchased a shaft, some stop collars and a bearing from McMaster. The purple laminate was from Menard’s mismatch laminate section. I purchased a plumbing fitting to use as a dust collector. Overall, I am pretty happy with how it works! I wouldn’t want to surface a bunch of lumber, but for my small project (about 12 pcs of .250-.375 4” x 14” tiger maple) it worked great.

All and all I think I have about $50 – $75 in the table and drum sander attachment.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 11-11-2012 05:32 AM

I like the dust collection, very inventive, but I LUV the purple laminate!!!

Looks like it should serve you well, not only for sanding, but for DP tasks in general.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 11-11-2012 05:44 AM

Great ideas well done.

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#3 posted 11-11-2012 02:39 PM

Nice build.

I suspect you’re not doing the bearings of your drill press any favors though.

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#4 posted 11-11-2012 03:12 PM

William – I suspect you are correct! I didn’t really take any pictures of it, but I put in a flange bearing that mounts underneath the throat plate. The shaft rides through the bearing to help some of the lateral load off of the drill press quill since the shaft is supported both by the chuck and the mounted bearing. At least that is my thought anyway.

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#5 posted 11-11-2012 03:38 PM

ah, THAT’S where the bearing you mentioned went. Yeah that’s going to take a lot of the pressure off.

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#6 posted 11-11-2012 04:15 PM

I took a few pics this morning to show it, in case my description was confusing

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#7 posted 11-11-2012 06:15 PM

I like the lower bearing. Really clever idea. I need to make a similar setup for my press someday.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#8 posted 11-11-2012 11:11 PM

Nice ideas, thanks for posting this.


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#9 posted 11-12-2012 01:40 AM

You really thought this one through ! Great ideas : )

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#10 posted 11-12-2012 01:54 AM

Nice is that cobonfiber on the fence?

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#11 posted 11-12-2012 04:12 AM

haha no not carbon fiber. It is black dot laminate from Home Depot. I had a piece left from my router table top and cabinet doors, just big enough for the fence so I decided to use it instead of the purple for a contrast and to use up some spare material.

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#12 posted 11-12-2012 04:39 AM

Great design & great craftsmanship. Well done.

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#13 posted 11-20-2012 08:04 AM

Awesome work!

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