Drill Press Upgrades...Drum Sander Table

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Project by BusterB posted 11-26-2013 03:05 AM 3267 views 11 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently did a project that required quite a bit of radius sanding so I used a set of drum sanders that attach to the drill press. I kept having to flip the work pieces over to get that small strip that the drum was missing because I had to leave it elevated slightly above the table. Was a irritation when trying to work with multiple pieces so I started looking at options to improve the process. I saw a few projects where fellow LJ’s had built versions of this and knew I needed one. The first issue I ran into was not enough clearence in the DP to utilize a table. No problem…I would just replace the DP column, no sweat. Yeah right… pulled the column and used the calipers on it…of course it was metric…ah the joys of using tools made in China…lol Good luck locating a piece of pipe thats 1.81 inches (46mm) outside diameter at your local hardare. Well talked to a freind of mine with skills and he turned a piece of pipe down to the required size for me. Increased column length from 16” to 30”. Now it is almost too tall and may have to be shortened a wee bit. Well with that obsticle overcome, I was finally able to build the table. Knew I wanted a couple of things… a dust collection port and a way to change out the top so I could use different sizes of drums. The dust port was pretty pretty straight forward, used a 2 1/4” forstner bit to bore it in one of the end pieces. For the interchangable top, I borrowed an idea for Steve Marins drill press table video and cut the sides of the gap at 45 degrees so I was able to simply slide the different blanks in and out easily. The last pic shows the DP before the column was changed.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#1 posted 11-26-2013 04:24 AM

Good work Buster, it should serve you well. Glad you put in the dust collection port. I have a similar set up and have been thinking of taking the plunge and just get a spindle sander. Oh well, maybe Santa will bring one.Take care.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 11-26-2013 08:07 AM

Great job buddy. I have one very similar to yours, but did not add the dust collection port. Dont have a dust collection system in my shop, but will in the new shop. I really like how you can change out the centers for different size sanding spindles, but cut on a angle. This is def a winner buddy, great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#3 posted 11-26-2013 09:18 AM

Dave- Thank you sir. It is a definite step up from the way I was using them…lol

Hoss- Thank you sir. I still havent taken the plung on a DC system. My primary dust control strategy is rolling the equipment outside or hooking it up to the shop vac when the weather doesnt allow the first option…lol Sometimes it is pretty nice being able to work inside so I can sure see one in my future buddy.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 11-26-2013 02:22 PM

Good one, Buster, Necessity is the mother of invention!!!

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

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#5 posted 11-26-2013 04:54 PM

Thanks Jim. Not nearly as pretty as something you would have done but its functional…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#6 posted 11-26-2013 05:54 PM

Made one similar but w/o the DC system. May have to build another one. Thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 11-26-2013 06:51 PM

Congratulations Buster on making the “Daily Top Three” with your drum sander upgrade for your drill press. Having that added feature is a real plus, it is also a time saver.

-- 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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Rick S.

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#8 posted 11-27-2013 12:26 AM

Nice DP Table Buster!

Somewhat similar to my Project, Also a “Daily Top 3” Way Back in March 2010.

I’ve also thought of extending the Main Support Column but ended up not doing it as the Table is held on by only 2 Nuts & Bolts that I can remove in a couple of minutes.

I didn’t see the need for Individual “Drop Ins” for various size Sanding Drums, so the Center 3” Square Hole is all I ever use for all size Drums. It also allows for better sawdust pickup.

Every once and a while I had an ”OOPS!” Occurrence and had to retrieve the Small Piece from my Shop Vac. I’ve since made a ”Small Parts Holder” VERY Sophisticated! An Oversize 2 Pce. Clothes Pin with a through Wing Nut & Bolt

My Fence also Pivots, and can be locked, at the Right Rear Corner. It’s that way because you’re always working around One Central Point (DP Main Shaft) and you can adjust the distance you need by using the Pivot.

PLEASE NOTE: I am NOT in any way saying “Mine Is Better Than Busters” or anything else that might be construed as “Negative”. I Post what I Post For The Benefit of (In ANY Way) ALL LJ Members!

(In Fact If Memory serves me Correctly I think Buster mentioned having looked at mine in one of his other Posts?)

What I am Saying is BOTH Of Our Tables are Different in Various Ways to suit Different Uses.

So….. Here’s THE LINK to mine.(Actually There’s 2 Posts)

Now YOU have a look at them both. YOUR “EUREKA MOMENT” might happen, and we might have a THIRD DP Table in the “Top Three”. HUMMMMMMMM? ”Drill Press Table Of Your Dreams” Post???? ...LOL….

Thanks Guys & Gals!!





-- Don't Worry About What People Think! They Don't Do It Very Often Anyway!

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#9 posted 11-27-2013 01:03 AM

such a good idea on the center board, thanks for sharing.

-- Money: if you do not have fun earning it, have fun spending it, I do not enjoy spending it so I have fun earning it.

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#10 posted 11-27-2013 01:23 AM

I was over to a buddy’s shop (sweet setup) and he showed me those drum sanders and the simple table he created. I like your dust collection idea and I will add that to mine once I get time to build it… behind all the other things I keep looking for time to start!

-- Harold

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#11 posted 11-27-2013 01:37 AM

I picked up a great old Delta drill press about a year ago and was just wondering the other day how I could get more use out of it. Since I don’t have a spindle sander, this is a great idea! Thanks for sharing Buster.

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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#12 posted 11-27-2013 01:39 AM

Looks handy. nice job,.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 11-27-2013 02:10 AM

Knothead- thank you sir…a fairly quick project when you have an extra minute or two

L2L- Thanks Buddy…. wanted the plasma TV option and built in rocket launcher like yours…but had to settle for this ….lol

Rick…Thank you sir. I believe yours was one of the ones I looked at when was seeking inspiration. Maybe numbers two and three will be as nifty as yours…heres hoping…lol

Exit116- Thank you sir. Wish I could take credit for the idea but it was all WWMM Steve Marins idea….not sure who he borrowed it from…lol

Harold- thank you sir. Can pick those up at HF for less than 20 bucks…one of those items that is actually a good deal at the

Andy- Thank you sir… If you will be doing any radius sanding at all…its a worth while upgrade.

Survivor- thank you sir. I cant help but smile everytime I see your nickname….lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#14 posted 11-27-2013 02:36 AM

Nice job Buster! I probably would have bailed when I discovered I couldn’t match the column. Talk about sticking with it! Way to go!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#15 posted 11-28-2013 12:20 AM

thanks buddy. I really doubt you would have bailed Mark…you are one of the most “stick to it” guys I know…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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