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06-08-2010 06:22 PM

I have started to build a stand alone drum sander. The drum is made of 32, 3/4” X4’ MDF discs. They are applied to a 1” cold rolled shaft and to each other using West System epoxy. Now I need to get the hook and loop material to hold the sand paper on and need a supplier. Any hints?

Thanks in advance,

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#1 posted 06-08-2010 06:37 PM

I know the 26 shop fox has is on there sander maybe the sell replacement H&L.

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#2 posted 06-08-2010 07:17 PM

Very nice people. Let me know if you need more specific details about what to order. You order the stuff by the foot and it is quite affordable.


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#3 posted 06-08-2010 07:25 PM

I know this sounds funny, but if I recall right, you need the loop side only, the hook side should be provided by your abrasive rolls… Try craft / sewing stores. I believe my wife got some of the 2” wide rolls from JoAnn Fabrics a while back. Just wrap it lay a THIN layer of epoxy down on the drum, and wrap your loop side tape, loops out, and smooth it out before the epoxy sets. You SHOULD be good to go…

At least that is my plan. I might be an idiot though.

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#4 posted 06-08-2010 07:44 PM
Woodcrafters also has some

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#5 posted 06-08-2010 08:07 PM

I second what Jesse said. Great folks over there at SuperGrit!!

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#6 posted 06-08-2010 08:48 PM

I think it was Supergrit that helped me convert over to hook and loop. I just remember it was easy to do and affordable and my only regret was not doing it sooner. The loop material I got was PSA backed and easy to install and extremely strong. Great stuff!

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#7 posted 06-08-2010 09:22 PM

I want to thank you all for your help. Life is sure a whole lot easier with you folks around.


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#8 posted 06-08-2010 10:11 PM

I got my loop material from Jo-Ann Fabrics with a 50% off coupon they run weekly. Was finishing up the v-drum on weekend and found out I didn’t get the hook material when I go the loop paper roll.


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#9 posted 06-16-2010 02:17 PM

you might try . Their “V” drum sander is hook and loop and they carry a wide variety of grits and abrasives for it.

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#10 posted 06-17-2010 02:30 PM

Well slap me silly. So the LOOP goes on the drum? I believe for most ROS, the loop(soft fuzzy material) is on the paper and the hard Hooks go on the ROS. If I hadn’t see this post, I might have assumed the drum sanders were the same. Thanks.

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#11 posted 06-17-2010 02:59 PM

I believe that the hook goes on the drum and the loop is on the sandpaper. At least that’s how it is on my v-drum sander built from the Stckroom Supply kit.

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#12 posted 06-17-2010 05:21 PM

Thanks folks but I’ll just order the sanding rolls first THEN put the proper STUFF on my drum. Oh by the way, I didn’ use the west system epoxy. I tried to order 2 tubes of six 10 thickened epoxy (for ease of application) @ $20.90 ea. on line but the company I was ordering from wanted to charge me an extra fee for shipping because it is considered a Hazzardous Material.

Instead, I went to Harbor freight and bought 20 .34 oz packages of 2 part epoxy at $.99 each (Normally $.199). I used 15 pkgs and that included a double overall coat on the exterior of the drum. It came out just fine. Pics. to follow.

NOTE! DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT try to fair unset epoxy w/ drum spinning at full speed!!!!!!

Sticky Kimball

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