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Forum topic by Gene Howe posted 02-04-2012 06:04 PM 840 views 1 time favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gene Howe

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02-04-2012 06:04 PM

...6” long rubber sanding drums for my modified Rigid spindle sander.
I can find the sleeves, but can’t find the drums.
Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks, guys!

-- 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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William

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#1 posted 02-04-2012 06:14 PM

I seen someone take drums in a cheap set from Harbour Freight and modify them. They’re just hunks of rubber. They bought a set of drum sanders that were meant for the drill press, disassembled them, leaving the rubber only, and drilled out the holes on them to fit the Rigid sander. Be sure to use a sharp bit to drill rubber.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#2 posted 02-04-2012 06:16 PM

Can’t ya get extra Ridgid drums, cut ‘em, and then stack them to the desired height? Just a thought.
Bill

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#3 posted 02-04-2012 11:42 PM

Thanks William. I’ll check out HF.
Bill, I had the same idea. I may just do that. Thanks.

-- 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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#4 posted 02-05-2012 01:21 AM

Gene,
Do you have a blog or pictures of your modified Rigid spindle sander?

I just purchased the same sander and would be interested in seeing this mod!

Thanks,

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 02-05-2012 02:54 AM

You could make wood spindles like this conversion.
How do you plan to hold the new longer spindle in place? Are you putting in a longer shaft or a recessed nut?
Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#6 posted 02-05-2012 02:55 AM

Maybe these guys can help.
file:///C:/Users/Heirloom/Desktop/MATERIALS%20AND%20SUPLS/Industrial%20Abrasives,%20Sanding%20Belts,%20Sheets,%20Drums,%20Sleeves,%20Floor%20Sanding%20Products.htm

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#7 posted 02-05-2012 03:13 PM

Randy,
You recall the left handed knob threads on the top of the stock spindle?
I had a 1 1/2” length of the same size rod tapped to screw on in place of the knob. Then, threaded the other end to take the knob. I had one 6X3/4” drum from another tool. It fit and works well.
I ended up just buying two more sets of the drums directly from Rigid. I’ll just cut them up and stack them. The sleeves will hold them secure enough once they are on the spindle.
Thanks to everyone for their suggestions.

-- 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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#8 posted 02-05-2012 03:17 PM

Gene, that’s an interesting idea. I may think about making a similar conversion when I use up the current supply of sleeves I have now.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#9 posted 02-05-2012 04:00 PM

William,
I don’t plan to use the 6” exclusively. Just for those occasions when the stock is over 3”-4” thick. The 6X3/4” doesn’t seem to put any strain on the sander, but I’ve yet to try the larger ones. Stay tuned.

-- 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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#10 posted 02-05-2012 04:08 PM

I’ll watch to see what happens. If I do anything, it won’t be soon. I just bought four packs of sleeves less than a month ago, and each pack contains two different grits.

They had them on sale locally for $9.99 and I couldn’t pass them up. I told a friend and he went the next day and they were back up to the normal higher price. He was told that someone had priced them wrong.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#11 posted 02-05-2012 05:08 PM

Gene,
Thanks for the info!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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