Homemade Inflatable drum sander

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Forum topic by Bearpaw posted 04-06-2011 05:13 AM 4600 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-06-2011 05:13 AM

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I can remember seeing, in one of my magazines, plans for making an inflatable drum sander, but can not find it. is there anyone with a plan for making one or has made one and would share the details?

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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#1 posted 04-06-2011 07:01 PM

Well, I found it in a copy of American Woodworker, June 1997. Man to be 73 and still remember things like that. Now where are my keys? I had them just a minute ago. I am looking for parts and will make a blog when I finish it. Now what is it I was to finish?

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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#2 posted 01-25-2012 05:18 PM

Well Bearpaw I don’t know if this will help but I used a pneumatic tire from habor freight
and welded a pulley to the wheel, then mounted it to a 5/8 shaft and used some pillow blocks
and some old 2×4s on a plywood. .Then mounted a 1/2 hp motor and used a stand from an old
fold up table. the tire size is 13×5.00-6 wich gives me 4 inches of width on the tread.
I make my own sleeves out of 4 inch belt material x 39 inches slip it over the tire and inflate
the tire. this works great for rough sanding and the shear mass of the wheel gives lots of power
to sand rough stock.The tire pressure holds the belts in place and has a slite crown to hold the belt in place.
hope this helps.

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