|Review by JonH||posted 02-12-2008 09:06 PM||64028 views||19 times favorited||18 comments|
I saw this link via the wood whisperer website. This company, Stockroom Supply (www.stockroomsupply.com) sells the parts to built a face sanding drum sander. Granted its not the full blown thickness sander, but this method suits my needs better. I teach high school woodshop and I would not feel comfortable letting kids run a thickness sander, but this is a machine that is nearly idiot-proof once it is assembled. It doesn’t squeeze the wood between two drums, it instead mounts just under the surface of the top. When the motor is started, the velcro attached paper spins and barely raises up off the drum. The more material you want to remove, the coarser the paper used. Sounds weird, but it works!
The first picture shows the contents of the package. You get a drum that is 2” – 4” thick and 12” – 30” long. I opted for the big daddy, the 4” x 30” long drum. In the kit you also get a v-link belt and two balanced pulleys to keep vibration down. You also get two rolls of sandpaper at 100 and 120 grit. The drum is mounted on a shaft with a bearing on each end. You get metal brackets that hold the bearings, so the rest is up to you! I’ve taken an old science room table and plan to mount the kit into the table. It is a project right now, but it is moving along nicely. I’m using a router to machine the hole in the top, and I used some CDX and a couple chunks of 2×4 to make the box for the drum. I have a motor that came out of an old jointer that was shot. There are plans on the stockroom supply website that has plans that others have made. They even have a video that shows how to build and operate the finished product. So far I am very satisfied with all aspects of this drum sander! I’ll post more when the assembly is done.
Here is a link to the company’s site with examples of other plans.