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Forum topic by distrbd posted 01-15-2014 10:34 PM 551 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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distrbd

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01-15-2014 10:34 PM

The past few days I spent a lot of time trying to familiarize myself with my new drum sander,which is a clone of Performax 16-32.
Here comes the question:is it normal for the two rollers( located on either sides of the sanding drum) to exert so much pressure on the piece I’m sanding that it would make the tail end of the stock to lift?should I have first made the stock flat on the jointer?

Specially if the piece of wood is only 8” or so long it lifts as it goes under the front roller/ sanding drum. it also sounds different than when it goes under the second(back)roller.

I did get snipes at first but not since I feed my stock with a sacrificial piece of wood (of the same thickness) in order to lock the rollers up,is this how you feed your stock in a drum sander ?

Other than that I just love this drum sander,I have not changed the sandpaper on it yet ,what’s on the drum right now is 80 grit but it seems to do a good job so far.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada


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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 01-15-2014 10:39 PM

I guide the wood under the sander with my finger tips and watch for the piece to come out the other side and then exert downward pressure on the way out.
Getting the technique down takes a bit.

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#2 posted 01-15-2014 10:45 PM

Hmmm,I never thought of that,makes sense.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#3 posted 01-16-2014 02:21 AM

I use Dan’s technique as well. Just be careful not to get a finger under the edge of the stock! I don’t drum sand a piece unless I have a reasonably flat side to put on the feed belt.

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#4 posted 01-16-2014 02:41 AM

Thank you both ,flatten one side first, downward pressure on the way out,got it.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#5 posted 01-16-2014 02:53 AM

And downward pressure on the trailing edge when starting the piece through to keep it from ‘tipping up’.

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

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