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My shop build sander. I have looked at many plans on Lumberjock and came up with this. I did use hinges so that I could remove the table to more compact storage. Table is made of 2 – 3/4” MDF and 1 – 1/2” melmine. The drum is 22” wide. The only motor i had on hand is a 1/4 hp, takes a couple seconds to rev to top speed. but does a good job. I used 3/4 cold rolled steel for the shaft.

Price breakdown

20$ – 3/4 cold rolled steel
23$ – Pillow blocks with bearings.
35$ – 4X8 sheet MDF
7$ – pulley
30$ – 1/4 hp electric motor – Mine was free – can get cheap at auction.
10$ – 2×4 wood
5$ – belt – I had extra but plan to upgrade to link belt.
3$ – hinges

133$ Total, not bad. I have seen people spend up to 400 on shop made sanders.

Let me know if you have any questions. I do plan on building a hood with dust collection. That will be made with scrap wood around shop.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then cut again for good measure.





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DIYaholic

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#1 posted 516 days ago

Looks like it will perform well. Gotta love inexpensive shop builds!!!

Are you going with hook & loop for the abrasive paper?

-- 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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Bill_N

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#2 posted 516 days ago

Looks good from here
Did you give any thought to a feed belt just wondering?

What diameter is the drum?

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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JR45

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#3 posted 516 days ago

Looks good. How will you handle the dust?
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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JR45

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#4 posted 516 days ago

Looks good. How will you handle the dust?
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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GlennM

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#5 posted 516 days ago

Nice looking project Chad. What did you do to make the table adjustable in thickness?

-- Glenn, Nova Scotia

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ElmoSr

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#6 posted 516 days ago

neat build i want a drum sander, but have struggled making one

with out pressing rollers how do u keep board from flying?

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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jap

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#7 posted 516 days ago

great job

-- Joel

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chad

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#8 posted 516 days ago

Using hook and loop sandpaper, threaded rod for table adjustment. Plan on making a dust hood, just have not gotten that far yet. Drum diameter is just under 6”.

Elmo, you push wood against the direction of spin, with a push stick.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then cut again for good measure.

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German_in_Ohio

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#9 posted 516 days ago

Looks nice, but don’t forget to add some safety features. If your hands get caught in this home made sander, all of a sudden a factory made drum sander doesn’t seem so expensive anymore…

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skyboy_psu

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#10 posted 516 days ago

What is the drum made from, and how did you get it perfectly round? Also, where did you get the pulley?

I’ve been considering this for awhile to complement the so-so portable thickness planer.

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mlp490

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#11 posted 516 days ago

Very nice

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Ethier0150

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#12 posted 516 days ago

Do you have any plans available for others to build??

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Diggerjacks

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#13 posted 516 days ago

Hello Chad

Welcome to LJ’s

A very nice project and a great work
Can you add a video to show your project in work ?
Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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chad

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#14 posted 516 days ago

Here is a video. Sorry about the glare.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srd0QW5aluY

-- Measure twice, cut once, then cut again for good measure.

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chad

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#15 posted 516 days ago

Skyboy, Drum is made from MDF. I made a jig for my band saw to make the circles. Pictured above. This made them pretty round. I then put all MDF pieces on shaft and attached to stand. I then could raise the bed with a block of wood with sandpaper attached to level the drum to the bed, while the drum is on. I could move the block back and forth to work on place that weren’t so level. After it was leveled to the bed I applied 3 layers of poly. Felt like glass after the poly.

Pulley I got from Farm and fleet. The size of the pulley (or difference in pulley) will determine the speed of the drum. I think I paid 5-6 $ for the pulley.

German, I do plan on making a cover for both the drum and pulley, thanks for the advice.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then cut again for good measure.

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