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Tim Dorcas

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10-18-2010 06:17 AM

Topic tags/keywords: performax drum sander veneer

One of the tools I lusted after for almost a year was a drum sander. However after a year and half in the shop, it hardly gets used. I bought mostly to sand my homemade veneers but I’m not resawing much veneer these days. I also bought it to make sanding my end grain cutting boards easier. In practice it doesn’t like end grain much. As I’m trying to organize what little space I have in my (small) two car garage shop, I’ve been thinking about selling it. So before I do I thought I’d ask what people use their drum sander for and how well they like it.

I have a Performax 16-32.


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#1 posted 10-18-2010 07:55 AM

I use it more often than the planer.

I use it when i do inlays to sand them flush with the rest of the piece.

I use it to take a tiny shave off witout fear of tearout (planer); I never complained about grain changing direction.

I use it to “clean” strips for lamination.

I am fairly sure you should keep it.

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#2 posted 10-18-2010 02:56 PM

I would hate to try to make precision boxes without one. I use the little 10/20 Performax all the time for glued up sides, trays, banding and any other stock that needs to be a precise thickness. Hardly ever change from 80 grit. Finish sanding I do by hand. Nearly everything I make requires resawing, so the little sander is always at hand. Like the previous poster, I use the sander much more than my planer.

I would think that an end grain cutting board could be surfaced most quickly with a router surfacing jig, followed by a couple passes through the sander, and you would be just about home free. The drum sander is not the tool for removing a lot of stock, but for precision work it’s unbeatable.

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#3 posted 10-18-2010 03:42 PM

Hardly anything leaves my shop that hasn’t been run through my Performax 16/32.

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#4 posted 10-18-2010 03:50 PM

I have a 16-32 Jet sander. I don’t use it all the time but it sure is handy to have when I do need it. I have some jewelry boxes and fruit crates to make and think it will be used a lot in the next couple of months. The way I store mine it is never in the way. Look at my workshop if you care to see how I store it. I think you should keep it.

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#5 posted 10-18-2010 04:05 PM

I use my jet all the time. Gives me a nice uniform finish.
I find belt changing stops me using it for very small jobs though.

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#6 posted 10-21-2010 05:21 AM

I have the Jet 16-32 as well. Fantastic for sneaking up on final dimensions. This morning I mounted my Dewalt 735 to the shelf underneath the drum sander. Not perfect ergonomically, but saves a ton of space.

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#7 posted 10-21-2010 05:26 AM

I use mine almost every day, for precision work it’s great.

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#8 posted 10-22-2010 07:48 PM

I have a 22-44. I use it regularly for dimensioning stock and laminate strips. I could probably have gotten along with a smaller model.

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#9 posted 10-22-2010 08:06 PM

I have a shop-built V-Drum sander, and use it on virtually every project I do. Mostly, I use to finish sand, but last week I had a minor disaster ( ) where the V-Drum saved my bacon. I used it to sand out whatever the gunk was that Menards sprayed on a board. I could have used my planer, but I wanted to minimize the amount of material I was taking off, and some of the pieces were too small to safely run through a DW733.

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#10 posted 10-22-2010 08:49 PM

Mine gets used on every project. Caveat…’s a “V” sander, tho.

-- 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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#11 posted 10-22-2010 09:27 PM

We use our Steel city drum sander a ton. Obviously for glue ups. One thing that it helps with are sanding saw marks off of stiles and rails or face frame material. It also helps making a lot of parts the exact same size easier. There seems to be ton of ways to use the sander.

Oh yeah, and keeping the finger nails filed and sanded down nicely works really well.

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