|Forum topic by Earache||posted 01-19-2015 02:20 PM||615 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
01-19-2015 02:20 PM
I’ve decided I need a drum sander as I think I’ve detected a few square feet of open space in my shop and it must be filled.
I’ve read many threads about drum sander construction and wonder what the consensus is about the drum itself as far as materials go. Most use some sort of wood disk stacking system, some use thick walled PVC pipe and rarely some other materials.
Any ideas on what the best material would be? I thought about using some thick walled aluminum pipe and possibly wrapping the outer wall with thin (1/8” or so) rubber. I’d turn the pipe in a lathe to make sure it was smooth and true and thought the rubber might help provide a smoother finished product. Am I over-thinking it?
I’d like to have a 25” / 50” open sided width drum sander when done for table tops. Plan to use a welded steel frame for support due to the width / weight of the drum.
-- Eric - Littleton, Colorado