Had a redneck revelation. ” hey I don’t own a lathe so I’ll use my drum sander to turn the inside of my shell.” WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It exloded. Sent pieces of the stave drum some 30 feet. Thank god I was standing on the infeed side like the warning on the front of the machine said. So here is the details of what I did. I took the top off the machine took the pressure rollers off and took one of the sanding drums off. I then got 2 shorter belts from NAPA and put them on from the drive pulley to the sanding drum pulley. Heres the stupid part. I put the shell on the inside of the sanding drum. I thought, stupidly, ” the infeed belt will rotate the shell while the sanding drum will shape the inside round.” I’m trying not to buy a 3000 dollar lathe. But I guess they make the right tool for the job, huh?
Major set back but I have enough long staves to make another. But found out the glue joints are strong and the shell had wood and not glue joint failure. So i am reassured that I don’t need any other joinery that the long grain edge joint.
-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy