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Posted on I'm thinking of buying a drum sander. Is it really as useful as many say?

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Loren

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#1 posted 08-09-2014 03:01 PM

Oh, single drum sanders are tedious to use. I know
people love them but I’ve had a couple and using
them was always slow going and you can’t take
your eye off the thing.

There are reasons to use them for sure where
calibration sanding is a criteria. The only
one I can think of for the work I do is making
guitar binding.

Consider that the drum sander demands it calibrate
the work to thickness before any finish sanding will
be done across the full width of the work. This is
important to get your mind around if you think a
drum sander is going to save you a lot of sanding
time. Any minor bump in the work it demands to
remove. It is not like a hand plane or an orbital
sander – it will not adjust its methods to work
problem areas a little more to get an acceptable surface.

I think these sand-flee type things would be useful
as I can generally tolerate thickness variations
and I fit things with hand planes anyway.

You will still have to orbital sand after drum sanding
and ridges in drum sanded work are common.
I did a large furniture piece last year where I drum
sanded a lot of oak. I still spent a lot of time orbital
sanding.. after that I started looking for a stroke
sander or a wide belt.

I use a stroke sander. Way fast. You could build
a little one yourself.


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