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Blog entry by Kevin May posted 04-14-2012 03:03 AM 4764 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have decided to build a combination Drum/Disc Sander. This project is driven by my recently acquired interest in building end-grain cutting boards, and my dislike of hours of sanding those boards. As my day job is related to machine design, this shouldn’t be too much of a stretch for me, beyond the fact that I will get to personally get to do most of the ‘building’ myself. This unit will be built from metal, not wood.

What I believe that is unique (as far as I know) is the combination of the drum and disc sanders as one unit, using the same motor.

To date, I have created a crude design, acquired a conveyor frame and belt (surplus from my day job), acquired some 2×2x1/4” square tubing for the frame from a Craig’s list seller, a 4-1/2” OD pipe 26” long from a nephew, and ordered a 2hp motor from an ebay seller.

-- Kevin May "Making wood useful and fun!"

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#1 posted 04-14-2012 03:24 AM

Why not think of using a sanding belt rather than a drum. Run the belt at a low speed. use a seperate belt to drive the disk on a shaft of it’s own. You could lay your work piece down and pass the moving belt across it by hand. sand forward and back.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#2 posted 04-14-2012 07:35 AM

looks cool, Kevin!

-- PaulMayer,

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#3 posted 04-14-2012 12:55 PM

The idea looks fine to me, love to see it run when is done.
Best of luck and have fun

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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