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#1 posted 04-22-2012 08:57 PM

A good drum sander which I’m sure you already know this. Depending on the width you would be working with you could make one. I say this because I know bowyers (bow builders) work with these specs all the time when building laminated bows but the width is never any wider than about 2”. I myself built a jig I could slide under my belt sander (while it is in the vertical position) so to sand my own laminations. Honestly, I don’t like it, it’s too finicky and I will buying a drum sander soon or building a more stable and accurate drum sander. So I’m saying if the width your going to be working with is not to wide you could put something together with just a spindle/drum sander on a drill press otherwise a drum sander with wider capabilities is needed. I have seen some bowyers happy with the Grizzly Babydrum sander but I’m curious myself what others here on lumberjocks prefer. Good luck with everything.

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