Home made V Drum Sander

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Project by 49bill posted 448 days ago 2838 views 22 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I hade an old furnace motor a friend had give me a few years ago, and had seen where one of the lumberjocks by the name of paul who made one and had a youtube of the build. This is my attempt at one. Turned out good, and works good I still need to put a smooth top on it such as melamine or some slick surface. A lot cheaper than a sandflee v drum sander.

-- Bill, Quitman, Georgia

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 448 days ago

Nice sander. I have been thinking about making one too. I saw Paul’s in person and it is really neat. Fits right onto his Shopsmith!

do you have a way to control how much you take off?................Jim

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

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#2 posted 448 days ago

Jim its set up just like pauls I use two screws to lower or raise the top

-- Bill, Quitman, Georgia

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#3 posted 448 days ago

Jim that is a nice sander, I have a Sand Flee – but I don’t think it works any better than your shop made one. Well done.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 448 days ago

Good build, I’ve been tossing around the idea of trying to build one myself. Thanks for posting.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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Rick M.

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#5 posted 448 days ago

Well built sander! I’ve been tossing around the idea of building either a drum or belt sander. I think those v-drums will run off fractional horsepower motors and I have a few spares.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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#6 posted 447 days ago

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 447 days ago

Rick M. —You are correct … V-Drum sanders typically use 1/4, 1/3, or 1/2 horsepower motors running at 1725 rpm.
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-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#8 posted 447 days ago

Very nice Bill. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#9 posted 447 days ago

Nice job Bill. Going to favorite it for a build when I get my shop built. No room for it now.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#10 posted 447 days ago

Nice build. Gr8 addition to a shop

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#11 posted 447 days ago

Nice job! I love home made shop tools. This goes on my to do list.

-- Mark, Newton, NC.

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#12 posted 447 days ago

I made one a couple years ago and it is one of those tools that you never expect to use as much before you build it. At the time I was making some 20” wide table tops and wanted to get the initial sanding done faster. It worked well for that and then I found 220 grit for it and have almost eliminated my ROS sanding.

They also work well for flattening thinner and smaller pieces. On mine the material has to be at least 10” long not to have a problem with the gap.


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#13 posted 447 days ago

Is the drive ratio 1:1? And what did you use as a drum.

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. I can do three kinds of work....good, fast, and cheap. Pick two.

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#14 posted 446 days ago

KelvinGrove the pully’s are both the same diameter so the speed of the drum will run at the speed of the motor which was 1725 r.p.m. I cut 4 inch disk out of mdf on the bandsaw about 24 of them and then glued the disk onto a 3/4 inch steel shaft. You can google youtube for home made v drum sanders and look for a guy named paul he has a great youtube video on his build and that’s what I went by to build mine. Thanks for looking!

-- Bill, Quitman, Georgia

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#15 posted 446 days ago

Thanks Bill, just what I needed. Looks like a trip to Motion Industries in my future.

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. I can do three kinds of work....good, fast, and cheap. Pick two.

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