diy drum sander

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Project by saproc posted 01-25-2014 10:09 PM 2963 views 25 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have not made anything for quite some time as I have moved house and had to biuld a new shed. Not very big though. So this has been my first project. Since finishing the shed and putting electric s. The main body is made from 3/4 ply. Mounted on 4 4” casters two witch are lockable. has a 2kw motor. 2800 rpm which is reduced via a bigger double pulley on the drum shaft 1400rpm
Which drives the 18” drum which is 6” in diameter made from marine ply.on the end of the shaft is a 19” disc sander which is made from tuffnal. Have used this for a few years now mounted on a different base and motor. But as my shed is small….... the drum has velcro on . The conveyer frame is made fom ash with a tensioner/ tracker facility the belt is a sanding belt which was cut to the right width so I have a couple of spares. Which is driven by a kia windscreen wiper motor with two speeds which has been geared down. Slow but quite powerful powerd buy a 12 volt transformer
The elevation mechanism is 4x m10 threaded bar with sprockets and a chain. With 12 thust bearings 3 on each rod. Now in a way it has been a bit like scrap heap challenge as over the years I have accumulated. A lot ot the bits the only things I have bought recently are the shaft bearings drive chain and sprockets . Double belt pully Wiper motor of ebay and some velcro and sand paper strip. The dics sander paper I get from old sanding belts. So it has set me back about £200. But to me it is priceless I have enjoyed making it over the last 3 to 4 months. Yes I know it looks a bit cramped in my shed but then I only like making boxes
Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 01-25-2014 10:23 PM

That’s one hell of a sander. Putting it in my favorites.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#2 posted 01-25-2014 10:36 PM

A good solution, handy tool, I like it …

-- Lathe and my imagination will do everything to realize my dreams...Vanzemaljac

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#3 posted 01-25-2014 10:59 PM

Impressive but better right side up.


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#4 posted 01-25-2014 11:32 PM

That looks great. Wonderful job.
Wish the website worked so I could zoom in on the pictures.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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Rick M.

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#6 posted 01-26-2014 03:34 AM

Now that is an impressive machine. You did great. Thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 01-26-2014 05:34 AM

Great looking disc sander, I think you should post a video so we can see it in action. Great build.

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#8 posted 01-26-2014 06:26 AM

BIG SANDER-I to would like to see a video of it in action…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#9 posted 01-26-2014 10:41 AM

Great build. Thank you for sharing. I would like more information. Measerment and so on. I think there will be more LJ people who will make one like this!

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#10 posted 01-26-2014 10:43 AM

I will put a video of it .when i make another box which should be starting in the next week . G

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#11 posted 01-26-2014 01:47 PM

That is a very impressive sander, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#12 posted 01-26-2014 02:40 PM

This will certainly be a nice addition to your shop. Good work and very creative.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 01-27-2014 04:18 AM

Nice build!

-- Greg D, Cen. CA, "Keep it on the Level, Do it Right the First Time!"

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#14 posted 02-21-2014 01:33 AM

There is nothing like a great jig. Well done Saproc

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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