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I’m building some end-grain cutting boards (3 total) for family for Christmas, and need to run them through a drum sander after the 2nd glue-up. I need a drum sander that’s at least 12” wide.

I’ve done enough research to know that running them through my planer is risky. I know lots say it can be done, but a seemingly equal amount of people have shown disastrous (and potentially dangerous) results.

Anyone know anywhere in this area I can get access to a drum sander?

Any LJs willing to let me use their drum sander briefly? Not looking for handouts, I’m willing to pay.

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#1 posted 684 days ago

If you’ve gone down this route already, I apologize for taking up some of time. But I found a local molding making outfit that has a big drum sander they’ll let you run your stuff through for a few bucks. I generally will take a box of doughnuts down and then it’s free!!


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#2 posted 683 days ago

The hard wood guy you bought your wood from probably offers the sanding for a fee. A hand held belt sander
would work well for the rough sanding and then you could finish with a random orbit sander. I have a drum sander but am sure you live to far away to use it. It seems that not to many guys own one.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#3 posted 683 days ago

Wood – I know a cabinet maker in Lafayette. I will call him and see if he still let’s non- cabinet folks use his sander.

I used to live in Mulberry, right outside Lafayette. Kenny lives near there.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#4 posted 683 days ago


Taking your advice I called a bunch of local cabinet shops, and one of the guys said he’d let me use their drum sander. When asked about price, he said “let’s just see how much time it takes, may not even charge you if it’s pretty quick.”

Great advice!

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#5 posted 679 days ago

You mentioned Indy… The Marc Adams School is just south of Indianapolis in Franklin.
As I recall they have 4 42 inch “timesaver” sanders in the shop.

Their last day of classes is either Oct 26 or November 11 though.

Worth a shot.

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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#6 posted 662 days ago

I just built a end-grain cutting board
1/2 hour sanding with a ROS
started with 50 grit

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#7 posted 662 days ago

You can always make a router sled…

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