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Forum topic by BigJon posted 05-06-2015 11:10 AM 831 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BigJon

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05-06-2015 11:10 AM

Been lurking around for several months researching and reading everything I can find on homemade drum sanders. Still undecided on what I need. V drum vs the typical drum sander where the object to be sanded is pushed under the drum. Im both a machinist and steel fabricator by trade so construction is no problem but $cash$ is, so I only want to build it once. Mostly I will be sanding endgrain cutting boards and various other typical sanding tasks. It will have a 30” wide capacity with disk sander and ran by a 3 horse motor with a 5-6” diameter drum. Any thoughts on what type would be better for my use? Thanks In advance!

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ohtimberwolf

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#1 posted 05-07-2015 12:16 AM

BigJon… a 5ft 6” drum? Wow, what a sander. When you get it made please post pictures. larry

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#2 posted 05-07-2015 01:07 AM

You will have a more precise machine if you opt to make a machine where you push the piece under the drum. Kind of like comparing the cutting principles of a jointer (more like a V-drum) vs. a traditional drum sander (more like a planer). Just depends on if you’re sanding and need to keep the work extremely flat with multiple passes or just a single pass or two to clean up the surface.

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#3 posted 05-07-2015 03:07 AM

Thanks for the input bigblockyeti !

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#4 posted 05-07-2015 03:41 AM

I have seen several dual purpose machines with v-drum top and regular drum on bottom.

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#5 posted 05-07-2015 03:50 AM

Check out woodgears.ca . There could be a lot of useful info on there for building your own machine.

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#6 posted 05-08-2015 04:00 AM

The OP said a 5” to 6” DIAMETER drum, not 5’6” long.

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#7 posted 05-08-2015 12:10 PM

Wow, my stupid mistake…I should have looked more careful. My old eyes are not what they used to be. :)

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