After building my own successful “full featured” drum sander, I initially answered a few questions from guys who were interested in the project and what it would take to start up one of their own. One guy (Tom T), recently posted photos and his development story of how he created his own DS which was so professionally designed and finished, LJ members thought it was purchased at Woodcraft or Grizzly. I can’t take the credit for Tom’s outstanding craftsmanship, but I was able to give Tom some design advice and detail help.
I also just finished helping a Minneapolis LJ member with the metal machining portion of his DS project. I have a metal lathe and small milling machine that allow me to perform the metal turning and milling required.
Anyhow, I so thoroughly enjoyed the machining and the communications aspect that it entailed, I would like to make my services available to any LJ member who is interested. I didn’t charge the last guy for anything but the cost of the metal materials I had to buy + actual postal fees. Since I’m retired and on a fixed income, I would like to at least cover my transportation costs and a small charge for the machining required.
In closing, let me know if anybody is interested. I estimate a 16” wide drum sander can be built for about $300 using a Craigslist sourced drum and transport (treadmill) motor and shop built cabinet. It’s an exciting and challenging project and the most rewarding thing I have done to date! Feel free to look at my DS in my project file.
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