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Forum topic by MT_Stringer posted 09-11-2013 01:46 AM 804 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-11-2013 01:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sander

I convinced my wife that I needed a drum sander if I was going to build our kitchen cabinets. She fell for it. :-)
Actually today I have been sanding the white pine for another toy box and a book case. Boy, I am loving it.

This is not a review. I will save that for later after I get some dust piled up.

Here it is in all of it’s glory – Grizzly G0458 18 inch open end drum sander.

I have it mounted on a Harbor Freight mobile base.
Check out the shelf I made for the stand. It is three pieces of 3/4 inch plywood cut to fit. I drilled holes in the flange and attached it with screws from the underside. I figured I would get some use out of a shelf and it would also provide a little additional stability for the legs.

The crate it came in. Free wood!!! :-)

I connected the dust hose to the machine’s dust port using the Rockler 4 inch tool port. Perfect fit. The Harbor Freight 2HP Dust collector does a good job of evacuating the dust.

This pic shows the dust collector hose connected to the machine.

I mounted the stand on the HF Mobile Base. I measured carefully, then drilled a hole in each corner flange. That allowed me to bolt the stand to the mobile base.

Here is my layout. I used a couple of 1/2 inch setup bars to space the frame away from the sides/ends of the mobile base. That way, there is no interference with the bolt heads on the mobile base. So, after laying everything out very carefully, I marked the hole openings in the stand feet. And I measured to see what length the boards needed to be. The are made from a 2×4 milled to 1 1/4 inch square (per HF Instructions).

My floor is very uneven but so far it has been easy to move the machine around. I had to swap places with the jointer while prepping the wood for the toy box.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 09-11-2013 01:52 AM

Aint that purty! I just bet you’re happy, this is going to make your life so much easier. I checked your projects and only saw a few cutting boards, I bet that’ll change!

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#2 posted 09-11-2013 02:27 AM

Thanks. I have already noticed “easier”. When I build a toy box, I have to glue up three or four boards (max 12 inches), run them through the planer. Then glue up the mating piece. Now I have the boards flat and jointed on the edges. I glued up the whole side panel, then the lid, then the ends (still one piece). Tomorrow I will sand them fairly smooth, then finish them off with the orbital sander. Definitely a time saver.

As soon as I finish these last two projects, the cabinetmaking will begin. Heck, six munts ago, I kuldn’t evun spell cabnetmaker. Now I are one! :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#3 posted 09-11-2013 01:02 PM

Fantastic!! It’s always a party when a new drum sander comes to life. Enjoy it. You’ll luv it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 09-11-2013 01:21 PM

After you use one for a while you will wounder how you did without!

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