Dave's Wide Drum Sander Build. #8: Progress on the drum.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 02-21-2012 12:08 AM 2067 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Not pretty yet, and this certainly shows my extreme lack of turning skills. I have the larger of the two outer plugs round, and have it with the groove for the pulley cut in…

The pulley end large side is 5.25” dia, the inside diameter is 4.75”. I am not sure I left enough thickness on the side to prevent a blowout, but I guess we will see…

The first pic is the blanks glued up and the corners clipped off to keep from beating too much with the rougher…

The second pic is the progress so far on the large end plug… I know, fugly, it’ll get better, I hope…

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#1 posted 02-21-2012 12:27 AM

Keep going, it’s getting there, I cant wait to see the finished project.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 02-21-2012 01:14 AM

It’s good to see progress being made.

You ain’t just spinning your wheels on this project.
Now, be like the little Engine that could…...
I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…...

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 02-21-2012 04:08 PM

BTW, if it’s not painfully obvious, the Skew chisel and I aren’t exactly friends yet… After those chunk outs, I set the skew down and tried to smooth it up with my Versa Chisels… I should have gone from the roughers to the Versa chisels right off the bat… It’s not so bad with hardwoods, but boy pine gets nasty… I will be turning this down further. The narrow part right now is at a little over 4.6” OD. I will be turning it down to 4.5” to match the OD of the schedule 40, and of course the officially 3.998” or slightly smaller snug fit shoulder. Just didn’t have time to finish that last night.

You will also notice, unlike many other of these builds, I made my pulley quite a bit larger than most. This may end up getting turned down as well. Again, I am unsure if I am taking the right approach, just going with what I think will work, and I want to keep my RPMs to between 1K and 1.2K, so I went for an approximately 5” OD pulley. We’ll see how well this works!

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