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#1 posted 12-24-2015 01:53 PM

Chip, I’ve been considering building my own drum sander for over 2 years now – and hope to finally make it happen in 2016. I’ve looked at pictures and builds of more shop built drum sanders than I can count and have read through a number of sets of plans or detailed build records. When you start pricing out materials, you’re looking at $300 to $400 to build one yourself – the largest expense being a motor to power it, unless you have a motor on hand already. (I do – two, actually – which will dramatically decrease my cost to build one for myself.)

By the time you look at paying someone a fair price for their labor, your commissioned drum sander build will, as the above have mentioned, cost you at least as much as a new one.

If the price is too much for you, keep your eye out for a used one. Even with plans to build one, I’ve been keeping my eye out for a used one at a good price.

And, if you know how to use the tools you’ve mentioned having in your shop, you should easily be able to build a drum sander. It’s also something that would be a good skill builder to build – plan out the whole build ahead of time, take your time, etc.

I also agree with Rick – once you have a drum sander, I doubt you’ll view it as a “secondary” tool. Having been able to use someone else’s drum sander on occasion, I know that once I have a drum sander, I’ll likely be using it on just about every project I make. It have a small shop (13’x23’), but will certainly make room in my shop for a drum sander when that day comes.

-- Matt, SW MN, https://www.facebook.com/anewcreationwoodworks


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