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Forum topic by Milo posted 1509 days ago 2837 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Milo

849 posts in 1924 days


1509 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: jig question

Just wondering if anyone has successfully made a Home-made Shopsmith Horizontal Drum Sander. I want to make one using a Block bearing set into the lath endstock & the chock to hold the drum. I figure I can do this is I don’t get too crazy with the size of the drum. 18” maybe? Plus I’m not going to try for a thickness style sander (I think). I think a surface sander is more on line with my skill set.

Thought I’d ask if anyone else has attempt this before I did it. I’m TERRIBLE at winging it. I messed up simple picture frames the other day for crying out loud! ack!

Please give me a holler if you’ve attempted anything like this.

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Drewskie

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#1 posted 1509 days ago

Hmmm, well drum surface sanders are fairly precise machines. The fact that the drum is need to be machined in a way that it dose not vibrate. Other issues include holding or clipping the sand-paper to the drum, raising and lowering you table to thickness, and feeding you stock through. My first inclination is to tell you to go look at buying a small beginners matching like the one delta makes, or a good used one if you can find one especially if your skill set is not the detail and precise set. And if I did not make a good enough argument for splurging on a new toy and your convince in tacking the daunting task of designing your own machine I suggest you go dig in the Fine Woodworking archives, there was a article in the early 80’s about how to build a home made thickness drum sander.

Good luck!

Andrew

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jpwatson

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#2 posted 1509 days ago

I’ve seen several posts from folks who’ve built drum sanders using kits. I’ve looked into it, and may builr one for myself one day. Take a look at Stockroom Supply (I’m not affiliated with them). They’ve got some good ideas on how-to, and parts and kits to build different sizes and types of sanders.
Best of luck!

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richgreer

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#3 posted 1508 days ago

I used to use my shopsmith a lot. Now it sets in the corner and is used very seldom. I have given a lot of consideration to making a horizontal sander for my shopsmith. However, I have grown leery of the idea because I know you need to get everything in virtually perfect balance and I am not certain I can do that.

I am also more interested in a surface sander (a.k.a. V-drum sander). I have also looked at the kits from Stockroom Supply. I think they are a little overpriced but they are essentially the only game in town and I would be much more comfortable working from a kit than building from scratch.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 1508 days ago

+1 on the V Sander.
Price is high but so is the quality.
I love mine.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Milo

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#5 posted 1508 days ago

Gene, did you make a stand alone from Stockroom Supply, or modify it to your SS?

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Gene Howe

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#6 posted 1508 days ago

Made the stand alone. But construction is virtually the same. Instead of mounting the motor, just allow for the belt to connect to a pulley on the accessory shaft. I believe that some where on their site they have pictures of customer builds and a couple are on SSs.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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