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12-12-2011 04:22 AM

Topic tags/keywords: drum sander question shaft rod

Hi guys. I’ve been lurking around here for months now and finally decided to post. I’ve seen some awesome projects here by everyone and learned a lot. I’m getting ready to batch out some cutting boards and I’ve been wanting to build a drum sander to help the process. The last cutting board I built took forever to sand the end grain with the RO.

I’ve searched through and seen all the designs posted and they’re great. My question deals directly with the shaft for the drum. Where did you guys buys yours? I’ve seen some people say home depot or lowes, but I can’t find anything thick enough there without going to the galvanized pipe. I know I can order it from a few places online, but I was just curious as to if some of you guys got yours locally.


-- Brian

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#1 posted 12-12-2011 06:28 AM

Local welding shop will have cold rolled shafting.
Tractor supply.
Hardware stores.
Auto parts stores.

Online, McMastr Carr is my favorite “go to” source for everything mechanical.

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#2 posted 12-12-2011 06:34 AM

Well, I dunno where you are located, but metal dealers, especially
those that deal in surplus typically have bars you could use as
a shaft for such a thing.

That said, building machines is not for the faint of hard and the investment
in parts will mount up. If you just want to get them sanded, farm
it out to a shop with a wide belt and they’ll do it for you fast
and nice.

Also, I see used drum sanders on the market all the time, and believe
me, people sell them for a lot less than what they retail for.

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#3 posted 12-12-2011 09:08 AM

Two suggestions; go to for tons of information including pdf of a drumsander build, and go to for bearings and shafts—cheap, high quality, good service, and huge selection. If they don’t have it, it doesn’t exist.

And welcome to LJ.


PS You know why God invented weathermen don’t you? To make economists look good. Just kidding.

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#4 posted 12-12-2011 04:51 PM

One option may be tread-all. Recently shop-notes Vol.20 Issue 119 made a shaping center using 5/8” threaded rod It fit directly into a 5/8” pillow block bearing and they used jam nuts against the grinding wheels to hold them in place.You may want to step up to 3/4” for more rigidness. I don’t know that thread-all would be the best but $10 is a lot better than $40 when your on a budget.

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#5 posted 12-13-2011 03:51 PM

Never heard it called thread-all, but if you mean all-thread rod, that is a poor choice for a shaft. Not straight, low grade steel, full of stress fractures from the threading process. If I had no other choice I might use it but I’d go with 1” diameter.

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#6 posted 12-13-2011 04:32 PM

I got my some of my shafts from a bearing and drive store, they had to order it in on a stock order, but it was
less expensive than any online stores and it was precision ground and had a standard keyway.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 12-13-2011 06:31 PM

Thanks for the suggestions guys. I called around a few places here and eventually ordered it off amazon. The prices were about the same but the shipping was much cheaper with the prime membership.

@Loren – This wouldn’t be for just these cutting boards, but for future projects as well. All tools are an investment, regardless of if they’re built or bought.

-- Brian

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