Updates and Modifications to my Homemade 18" Drum Sander

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Project by thewoodworker01 posted 12-16-2012 12:26 AM 4942 views 26 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So a while back I have built a drum sander. I have been doing some modifications to it, as you can see from the pictures. I have the original post of the drum sander at

The first thing I changed was the handwheel. I never really like how the handwheel was up top. I didn’t have a spinner knob to it, So making large adjustments was a pain. The original handwheel was also getting a lot of wear marks on it. Its hole was sloppy when it attached to the shaft. So I got tired of that and bought a cast iron one from China – of course. (Nothing is ever American made) I came up with a new mechanism for the handwheel. I used a vertical shaft from the tensioner, and a new horizonal shaft for the handwheel. I put on (2) 45 degree bevel gears on it to do the 90 degree pivot. It works great but its still a little harder to move because of the 2 new gears. If anyone has any advise for this please let me know.

The next change was taking off that 6,000 rpm treadmill motor. For a conveyor you do not want a motor to go 6,000 rpms. At max 115. I put on a Baldor DC Gear Reduction motor. It has complete variable speed. And it works great. A lot better than the treadmill motor. It is also a lot bigger so I had to move the door from the back and put it on the front.

I have a few videos of it on Youtube. The actual video of me talking about the drum sander’s modifications is part 4. The first 2 are from the original post, and the 3 one is from an update in August.

This is part 1,

This is part 2,

This is part 3,

This is part 4,

-- Most people say "Measure Twice, Cut Once." I say, "Cut Twice, Measure Once".

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#1 posted 12-16-2012 12:33 AM

Wow this is great fantastic job.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 12-16-2012 02:16 AM

Lots of work but I bet it’s worth it! Nice job!

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

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#3 posted 12-16-2012 02:32 AM

Baldor DC Drive? How’d you score that? I’m guessing you didn’t pay for it, as it would cost the same as a brand new manufactured drum sander

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#4 posted 12-16-2012 01:22 PM

Great machine. A man after my own heart on that one. I would like to make one too!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 12-16-2012 09:10 PM

@RogerC…..I am in the planning and acquisition stages of building a drum sander and picked up a used Baldor DC drive off ebay for $25. My table drive is a Leeson 180VDC motor, 36rpm, which I also got off ebay for about $100. The parts are there if you look carefully and are patient. I only have a few things to get and then the building will begin.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#6 posted 12-16-2012 11:17 PM

Awsome machine

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#7 posted 12-17-2012 12:19 PM


-- "Keep thy airspeed up, lest the earth come from below and smite thee." - William Kershner

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