Combo Sander

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Project by oakwood posted 564 days ago 3751 views 72 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a build as you go kind of project. The build is not exactly furniture grade but it is functional. The drum is made up of a 3 1/2 ” ABS pipe with wood inserts at each end. I used a 5/8 ” steel rod from the hardware store. The drum is held to the shaft by means of a 5/8” pulley with 3 screws into the wood end. The bearings came from a place called Princess Auto. The basic build started with the two sides supporting the bearings. These are made up of double layered 3/4” ply and then I just continued from there. The drum and paper are the hook and loop type which I purchased from The hook fabric is self adhesive to the drum. It comes in 3”,6” and 12” widths. The drum is 18” long and I used 5 ft. of the 3” material to cover it. Along with the conversion material I purchased #60, #100,120,180 and 220 rolls. The thickness sander will accept stock up to 3” and down to veneer basically. I initially trued the drum to the table by simply gluing a piece of #60 cloth backed sandpaper to a board and attaching it on the underside of the table and then by lowering it gently onto the drum as it was running. You can tell when it is done simply by running your hand over the drum as it is running. It should be free of any vibration and run smooth. I do have dust collector boxes made for it and they work quite well with the shop vac. Well thats it. If you have any queries feel free. I won’t be using it until spring because of the cold weather but it’s nice to know that it’s there. Hope this posting is of some help to any of you who have been pondering the thought of a drum sander. Here is the web site for He has a few good videos on the subject. All the best to you all.

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#1 posted 564 days ago

great job

-- Joel

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#2 posted 564 days ago

3 in 1! The functionality! Awesome build.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#3 posted 563 days ago

Wow, great job, I love it!

-- Mike

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#4 posted 563 days ago

That is just too cool. Nice work, I have made some of my own machines as well and always feel good when I use them. Enjoy.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 563 days ago

What a great build. Good job. Now that you have built it you are going to wonder how you ever got along without it. I use mine just about every day.

-- 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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#6 posted 563 days ago

great job

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#7 posted 563 days ago

The three in one is great. I built my drum sander as just a drum sander, I like your approach.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#8 posted 563 days ago

Excellent work Oakwood!

It looks like you can put a buffing wheel on the other end and have
a 4th function.

Good job.

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Paul Pomerleau

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#9 posted 563 days ago

What an awesome build.
Looks like this versatile machine is going to come in very handy.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#10 posted 563 days ago

Thank you everyone.

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Kevin May

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#11 posted 563 days ago

Very nice. I’ve built a drum sander as well, and have included a disk mounted on the end of the shaft, just has you have built, only I haven’t gotten to the disk yet.

-- Kevin May "Making wood useful and fun!"

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#12 posted 563 days ago

Looks like a well designed unit. I especially like the disk sander addition!

Pictures of the dust attachment would be nice. PLEASE!!!

I hope spring comes soon, so you can put your machine to use.

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

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#13 posted 563 days ago

Beauty John.
Mine has an ABS drum as well but no shaft through it.
When I went to true it up it was about perfect.
Did you have much to sand to true yours up?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#14 posted 563 days ago

Wow great job.I like the multi purposes idea.
When I saw your post this morning I said to myself: “Damn why I didn’t thought myself to add the disk sander to the drum sander shaft”

I had to build these three machines but now that I saw yours I’ll do the same.

Have you more photos to share?

Bye from France

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#15 posted 563 days ago

I been needing one of these for years now. How awesome is this!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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