Sandpaper problems with v drum sander

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Forum topic by Byronj posted 10-31-2013 04:00 PM 860 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-31-2013 04:00 PM

I built a v drum sander a few months back and am really rapt in the job it does. I am unable to buy H & L sandpaper where I live in Sth America. A friend brought me a couple of 5 meter rolls from the UK when they came to visit and I then ordered some 3 inch Klingspor rolls from the States. Excelent sanding paper however I am having problems with the paper picking up on the edge of the paper and tearing the paper. I had the same with the UK paper but blamed it on being 115mm wide and the angle being greater. However the 3 inch paper seems worse.

Any suggestions.

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#1 posted 11-29-2013 06:40 AM

I have had some problems with paper edge ripping but most of the time it has resulted from a splintering of the wood at the vertical edges to the sandpaper of the wood being sanded.

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#2 posted 11-29-2013 12:26 PM

I have a “V” drum sander and have had your same problem. Mine was caused , I think, by trying to take off too much wood with each pass. An edge or corner of the wood would catch and tear the sandpaper. I now keep my table raised so that the sanding drum sands a little less per pass to avoid this problem. I made the minute adjustments with layers of masking tape as shims, until I got it where it works best …for me.

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#3 posted 11-29-2013 12:50 PM

Thanks guys, I have had a splinter lift the paper but the other times there was no splinter. It could be as Jim suggests. I have a screw adjustment to raise and lower the top. I am using Stearate Kling-on H & L that Stockroom recommend. I would be interested to know what paper others use.

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#4 posted 11-29-2013 01:20 PM

When I first made my V-drum had the same problem. As Jim mentioned the height of the drum is critical plus I find you need to wrap the paper with the rounds very tight (actually touching) each other. I have been using mine a lot and go from paper change to paper change without a tear. Good luck.

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