Sanding Drums for Shomaker's machine

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 04-20-2014 03:42 PM 3476 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are a couple of sanding drums I was asked to turn for an old shoemaker’s machine. They are maple inner cores with a taper to match the flange on the machine spindle. The flange closes the drum and tightens the sandpaper on the drum. I did not have thick enough sandpaper to try them out so I hope they work okay!! The sample provided was .070 thick!!

They are covered with 1/4” thick rubber that is epoxied onto the the surface.

I started them on my wood lathe and then put the chuck on the Southbend lathe to cut the detailed dimensions needed. That Grizzly chuck is handy for that because all you have to do is exchange the rear bushing in the chuck and it holds the piece concentric onto the other lathe.

Cheers, Jim

Happy Easter everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 04-20-2014 03:55 PM

You are a man for all projects Jim, this is one of the more unusual of them.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 04-20-2014 04:15 PM

Nice restore job Jim. Excellent work.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#3 posted 04-20-2014 07:50 PM

Nice job—reminds me of the ole’ farm philosophy I grew up on: if you can’t fix it you don’t need it. Some shoe repairman has just had his bacon saved due to your ability. Congratulations.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 04-20-2014 08:01 PM

Nice Drums Jim, Happy Easter to you too.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#5 posted 04-20-2014 10:52 PM

Super cool.
Now back online here again.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 04-21-2014 12:19 AM

Thanks. guys. I was not going to post it but it is wood so what the hey! he could not find a replacement part anywhere and I looked for him too. Now he has enough to last him the rest of his life!!

Hi Mads. Welcome back on line!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 04-21-2014 12:25 AM

That is really interesting. How well I remember as a child watching the local Boot Maker in his Shoe Repair Shop putting the finishing touches to a pair of Shoes. I can still smell the leather as he so deftly held and turned the shoes around those sanding drums….the smell of glue also comes back to me as I write this and magical memories of those innocent days are floating back to me. I find myself now remembering such lovely things as Saturday Evening Post and Life Magazine and Roast Dinners on Sundays….....Thank you for this project Jim. It has really stirred the memory pot.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#8 posted 04-21-2014 12:30 AM

Hi Cliff. You know I remember that too. We had a little shoe repair shop on High Street just before the bridge and I do remember going in there with my dad. That is when they actually put new soles on your shoes. I remember the smell of the leather being sanded to shape and glue he used. I always liked the smell of leather.

I will have to visit this shop where this drum is going some time. I’ll bet it smells just as I remember!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 04-21-2014 12:49 AM

Nice one Jim, you can’t always buy of the shelf just what you want, this guy was lucky to know that “you’re da man” to sort it out :)
Cheers mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#10 posted 04-21-2014 01:22 AM

Hi Jim
I am just amazed by the projects you get involved in .
I think you will have a happy shoemaker on your side and yes that is a trade that is rare these days and hard to find and you are also a rare man being able and willing to tackle this type of project .
We had a shoemaker shop in our little town way back in time and I remember looking into his shop almost daily through his open window/service counter on my way home from school and watching for a minute or two and yes there is something about the smell of leather that I still enjoy in this day of plastic and vinyl .

-- Kiefer

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#11 posted 04-21-2014 01:34 AM

Jim, I paid a fortune for a pair of those made from aluminum (Cone Loc Drum Sanders)! And your look just like mine only nicer cause they’re wood and shop made. Very clever.

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

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#12 posted 04-21-2014 02:13 AM

Looks like another learning experience you over came Jim. Reminds me of the days going to the shoemaker to have horseshoe cleats put on my shoes.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#13 posted 04-21-2014 02:42 AM

Thanks Pete, Kiefer, Andy and Dave!

I’ll try anything once. I try to buy the parts first and if they are not available, I just make them if I can get the raw material. You can make just about anything with a metal lathe and the milling machine.

These were easy but I had to pay too much for the 1/4” round rubber. I called GR Rubber Products and they said they had all kinds of scraps for 5 cents a square inch. When I got there, the old bugger at the desk would not sell me any scraps ( and they had a ton of it). I had to buy a roll of new stuff for $10. it should have been $2.10 for scraps.

Andy, I know why aluminum ones cost you so much- the aluminum is sky high now. I had a job to make aluminum pulleys for a potting machine at the local greenhouse. The company that made the machine charged $400 for one of these pulleys. I made them for $100 and made money on them, but the aluminum was higher than usual. I did find just the size round stock I needed on E bay.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 04-21-2014 11:12 AM

Well done Jim, not the usual thing you see posted in LJ’s but very interesting all the same. I am with Cliff here as I can also remember going to the boot maker with shoes to be repaired. Just thinking of those days and times and all the smells come rushing back of the leather, glue and leather dyes and seeing the boot maker throw a bunch of tacks or nails into his mouth and taking one at a time out and hammering it into the sole or heels of the shoe. I am going to stop here or I will really start showing my age…hahaha

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#15 posted 04-21-2014 11:53 AM

Well done Jim!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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