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#1 posted 02-16-2010 07:53 AM


When I first got a shopsmith in 1976 I was already experienced with with other tools but want to take some time to get to know the shopsmith so I built a lot of the jig, fixtures and attachments our of the
‘Power Tool Woodworking for Everyone”. This included the sanding drum under discussion. The drum had no cushion so it was thin sandpaper on wood. It was hard to adjust, noisy and dusty and those were some of the good points. Paper didn’t last long either and even after building a “sled” to pull the work piece though it was only a short time before I gave up on the process.

The other method shown by using the drum sander (3” long at that time) didn’t feel very safe either. I don’t think was a wise thing to show people but they did. I know when I got my 6” drum sander the instructions showed the picture with a big cross across as in don’t do this.

I own a drum thickness sander which works well enough so I have no interest in building one of those for the shopsmith but I believe in one of Nick Engler’s books he has a design.

I did a very simple and design called a “sand almost free” that does very much what the sand-flee does but in a much smaller scale. It works with either the 3” or 6” long shopsmith drums, you can mix 2 3” grits on the 6”, and you can even hook it up to your oscillating sander attachment. It uses shopsmith parts and a bit of plywood and some masonite(or similar material for a top). It takes no more then an afternoon to make and it works great. The info and lots of pictures can be found at:
(A couple of other have made concept version but I don’t have links for them.)

I have an 18” design in progress, est cost at below $200 for everything and it is not a kit but is being designed so that everything can be done on a shopsmith. If things work out I’ll most likely share the design.


-- Knight of the Shopsmith

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