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Forum topic by USCJeff posted 06-06-2007 05:04 PM 1103 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-06-2007 05:04 PM

I’m always looking for ways to use my scraps as I’m proud of being cheap! I want to build a drum sanding table for my drill press. I found a simple design that gets the job done and is also easy to attach or remove. I however, don’t own any sanding drums for a drill press. They aren’t that expensive, but I was thinking it would be easy to make some. My thought is that you could take different sizes of dowels and adhere sandpaper to them. I would think I could drill a hole in the dowel to accept a bolt. You could put an insert or T-nut to thread the bolt. You could then chuck the bolt into the drill press. I would think you would have to prevent the bolt from “unthreading”. Lock washer or embedded nut maybe. What do you think? Any issues that come to mind?

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#1 posted 06-06-2007 06:40 PM

It would work fine and you could use adhesive backed sandpaper to do it and make whatever size you wanted.

Two issues, however:

1. Dowel is almost never round.
2. You have to centre drill the dowel EXACT.

This would then best be done on the lathe. Using star and live centre’s you have the exact centre already marked. You can turn whatever circumfrence/diametre you wanted EXACTLY, then you could mount a bit in a drill chuck in the tailstock and centre drill exactly.

If you pull it off, then you’ve accomplished something, BUT, drill press sanding drums aren’t that expensive. :)


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#2 posted 06-06-2007 09:07 PM

I belive there was a shop notes article on this not too long ago where they made drums. Perhaps this will trigger someone’s memory of the specific issue.

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#3 posted 06-06-2007 09:52 PM

Jeff, by the time you spent the money for dowel and the associated hardware, you can get a decent set from Sears. I would be nervous about the homemade ones, getting them trued up for round, the through hole perfectly centered and getting them accuratly sized. That would require more accuracy than what is in the average workshop. I am not trying to sound mean or like a wet blanket but one must choose their battles and this one isn’t worth the effort compared to the cost.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#4 posted 06-06-2007 09:56 PM


On a small scale, I have used drum sanders on my CHEAP Cummins Tool mini drill press. I bought this drill press for $30. It works great for most project sanding. I buy factory made drum sanding bits. It is fun to use and the drill press base’s cutout fits the drum sander head perfectly so there is easy and flat access on the drill press base.

-- WaywardHoosier - Behind schedule and over budget, but who's counting? Well of course she is!

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