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Forum topic by SnowyRiver posted 588 days ago 1210 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SnowyRiver

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588 days ago

I’m looking for an inexpensive drum sander to sand veneers. I was wondering if anyone out there has the Grizzly G0716 drum sander and how you like it. I havent purchased Grizzly products before and thought maybe this would be a good time to try something.

Thanks

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN


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dhoeft3501

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#1 posted 588 days ago

I dont know about the grizzly, but I have a rigid drum sander that also comes with a belt sander attachment . It cost about 200 and works great. The only problem I have with it is the power switch tends to go out on it. The switch is however covered under the lifetime warranty.

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Cole Tallerman

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#2 posted 588 days ago

I think you will quickly find that that sander will not be large enough. Check out LJ projects about building one. IM in the process of building one. I think it will be done with about 10 hours over all work time and $60 (not including motor). They are very simple and if you look through the homemade projects they will tell you why you dont need automatic feed. Mine is only 16” but ive seen other LJ’s projects up to 24” wide. That little grizz will probably be fine but I wouldn’t be able to use it on some cutting boards so it seems pretty pointless.

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Don W

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#3 posted 588 days ago

Same comment as Cole. I’m just waiting on the velcro for mine. http://lumberjocks.com/donwilwol/blog/series/5870

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SnowyRiver

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#4 posted 588 days ago

Thanks for the comments. The only reason I was looking at one was to use it to make veneers for marquetry. Typically the veneers are about 4 or 5 inches wide and about 4 to 6 inches long so not very big. I have the bandsaw set up now to resaw. It seems to be workiing very well. I can slice off a piece about 1/8th inch thick without any trouble, but I was looking for a way to easliy sand it down to about 5/64. I considered using a 3/4 melamine board mounted over the planer bed, then sending the veneer though the planer to plane down to 5/64. I heard it could be done that way, but I thought if I could buy a small drum sander maybe that would be easier.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 588 days ago

Drum sanders don’t do well with pieces that short unless they are double face taped to a longer board. They tend to catch between the rollers on either side of the drum and then disintegrate! Been there, done that!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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SnowyRiver

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#6 posted 588 days ago

gfadvm…this paticular sander uses a conveyor type belt to pull the work piece through. Its a good point about the rollers, but I dont know that it would be an issue with this one. I should have posted a pix of it when I first posted. Here is what it looks like.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 588 days ago

My drum sanders have similar conveyor belts but mine has rollers on either side of the drum that hold the piece tight to the conveyor belt. Look at the exploded diagram under the drum shield to see if the Grizz is different. Mine has a spring loaded roller in front of and behind the sanding drum. The Grizz may not have them.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Paul Stoops

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#8 posted 584 days ago

I have a Performax (Jet) 16-32 which I like very much (except for the difficulty in attaching one end of the belt). I don’t think the head would lower enough to sand 5/64” veneer. However, such a task can be accomplished by attaching the veneer to a flat board like a piece of melamine shelving, with double back tape, and running it thru that way. That technique can be used with any drum sander.

I ran into a funny problem when I was sanding some thin strips (1/8” or so?). My DC pulled so much vacuum with the head that close to the conveyer belt that it actually pulled the conveyer belt up into the sanding drum! I was unaware of the problem until I noticed that I ended up with a conveyor belt that is much smoother than it used to be! :-) I guess bigger isn’t always better!

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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