Shop Made Drum Sander

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Project by Wally_nd posted 01-03-2009 07:37 AM 13204 views 43 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a project I’ve been working on for a couple of weekends. I have to thank a couple of fellow Lumber Jocks for the idea and the links to loads of online info. Thank you to “Yorkshirestewart” and to “blake” for your earlier project posts.

This site had the most info.

The goal of this project was to spend as little money as possible and since I’ve been called a pack rat a time or two, it wasn’t too hard. The frame is made of 2×4s and some hardwood from a pallet. The pillow blocks, shaft, motor, and piano hinges are all past auction sale purchases that I had lying around. The only pieces I’ve had to buy thus far were the 5 inch pulley and belt.
The drum is made of disks cut from ¾” plywood attached with epoxy to a 5/8” shaft. To finish the drum I glued 60 grit sandpaper to a piece of MDF the same width as the drum and ran it through raising the feed table a little at a time until the drum was perfectly round and parallel to the table. I sill need to make a safety/dust collection hood and some sort of wheel mechanisms. My only regret is not spending time on the looks of the piece…I could have prettied up the joinery and maybe painted it….

thanks for looking…..

-- Jeremy, North Dakota

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#1 posted 01-03-2009 07:57 AM

Your absoultly right; some levelers on the feet, inlay on the top supports, maybe some fluting on the legs, dye to bring out the beauty of the two-by material, and a chip carving of the view from your shop window…Since you’ve gotten the functionality figured out, why not use it to practice something else?

Nice job, with every panel I wish I had a drum sander.

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#2 posted 01-03-2009 08:17 AM

How do you feed stock through? push it? or does it have a feed mechanism?

-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks,

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#3 posted 01-03-2009 09:08 AM

Nice! This is on my list of projects to make as I’ll probably be making lots of doors in the near future. I’ve been accused of being a pack rat too so just a few parts to buy and I’m almost there. Looks like this is a winning design, it’s starting to look familiar.

I’ve always wondered… Do you think the epoxy is absolutely necessary for the drum? Is there is a concern about heat undoing PVA glue?

Finish? Rub a coat of linseed oil on it. It makes even 2×4s look good.

Happy sanding, Jeremy.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#4 posted 01-03-2009 09:16 AM

Hey Steve, where do you get pillow blocks around here?

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#5 posted 01-03-2009 02:18 PM

Hi Jeremy, this cool man!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 01-03-2009 03:40 PM

Nice job Jeremy.
You will need a wide flat push stick it you are going to put the material through manually to control you feed and prevent divots.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#7 posted 01-03-2009 04:14 PM

I’d love to have a drum sander and I’ve toyed with the idea of making one. Yours looks great!

I can’t tell from the photos… how is the depth of cut adjusted?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 01-03-2009 05:51 PM

Steve, I believe epoxy is preferred to bond the wood to the steal shaft. I did think about using some gorilla glue but i didn’t want to experiment when epoxy had already been tried successfully.

Charlie, you can see from the third pic there is a wood handle on a threaded rod. you simply turn it to raise and lower the bed (its attached with piano hinge on the back support). I’ve been thinking of making some sort of adjustment gauge for the bed but i think i will use the sander a while to determine what is needed.

-- Jeremy, North Dakota

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#9 posted 01-03-2009 07:17 PM

Great result Jeremy; thanks for the mention. “Pack Rat”.. I don’t know the expression, but it’s probably the same as being a Yorkshiremen – or a Scot??

Here’s mine for reference…

Click for details

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#10 posted 01-03-2009 08:49 PM

Oh, now I see. If it were a snake, it would have bit me. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Rob Drown

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#11 posted 01-03-2009 09:12 PM

Nice Job! The website you mentioned is very thorough. Very cool!!!

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#12 posted 01-05-2009 06:19 AM

Nice.. this is on my list to do… but boy-o-boy do I have a long list… lol.

I like the simplicity of this design, great job!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#13 posted 02-22-2009 05:29 PM

Jeremy, thats pretty cool, it’s allways fun to tinker and come up with something that works, nice job.

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