24" V-Drum Sander

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Project by treeman posted 08-23-2009 05:46 PM 40171 views 128 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just completed my 24” V-Drum sander with the help of a 24” kit from Stockroom Supply. The kit contained the drum, pulleys, link belt, pillow blocks and mounting brackets as well as plans for the box and top. The box was easy to build and went together fast. I took a little more time on the top because I wanted to get it as flat and slick as possible.

I laminated the top from two sheets of 1/2” MDF and 1 piece of 1/8” hardboard. This gave me a total thickness of 1 1/8” which is the recommended thickness. For the 24” sander it seemed that there was a very small amount of flex in the center of the top. Since I wanted dead flat and stable, I reinforced the underside with 1/8” aluminum angle stock.

This picture shows the working end and you can see the motor and drum connection. You can also see the dust rails mounted to the box beside the drum.

is the other end and you can see the hole for the dust collection hookup.

End view of the top and drum.

The sander does a FANTASTIC job. If you take the time to adjust it properly it will sand a panel very flat. It takes pretty small bites but leaves a super smooth finish. After taking multiple passes on a panel, I could detect no taper or thickness difference when I measured using my dial caliper.

Sanding rolls are available from 60 to 2000 grit. This should be more than enough to meet any need. The sandpaper is very easy to remove and install and I can already change grits in less than a minute. The sandpaper can be re-applied multiple times and so far I can’t detect any wear on the paper.

Overall, I think this is a great product and I am very happy with both the kit and my build.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 08-23-2009 06:04 PM

I always thought that this type of sander would be a good addition to the shop.

It looks like you did a great job building it.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 08-23-2009 06:08 PM

Cool sander. I could have used this yesterday. Thanks for sharing

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#3 posted 08-23-2009 06:22 PM

I will be building one of these kits myself soon. Thanks for posting.

-- Julian, Homewood, IL

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#4 posted 08-23-2009 06:25 PM

Sweet setup. I would love to be your neighbor.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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Ben Kahmann

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#5 posted 08-23-2009 06:55 PM

That is an amazing tool you built there. How much were the parts (motor ect) I just may have to build one

-- Ben Kahmann Dayton, OH

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#6 posted 08-23-2009 07:14 PM

I’d love to make one of these! I was going to ask the same question as Ben…. How much were the parts?

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

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#7 posted 08-23-2009 07:17 PM

Great job on yours : ) I’ve seen some of them with a fence attached. Any plans on adding one to yours ? Is there any adjustment table height on yours ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 08-23-2009 07:21 PM

Ben & Charlie,

I bought the 24” kit on eBay for $267, the motor from my local repair shop for $20, the aluminum angle from HD for ~$7 and the piano hinge for $6. I had the box materials laying around the shop and I always have some MDF around. If you compare this to the cost of a Sand Flee at $699; this one is a bargain. Mine is also bigger with a 24” drum compared to 18” on the Sand Flee.

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#9 posted 08-23-2009 07:27 PM

Looks like a great tool super job


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#10 posted 08-23-2009 07:35 PM


I am planning to attach 2 fences that will hold feather boards and aid in edge sanding. They will just have brackets that slide back and forth along the table and clamp underneath.

The top is adjusted by a couple of screws in the box side that you turn in or back out to adjust the sander. Once set you shouldn’t have to change them. They are NOT used to alter sanding depth. To change the depth of cut you change sanding grits. The coarser the grit the heavier the cut.

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#11 posted 08-23-2009 08:24 PM

thanks for the feedback ! : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 08-23-2009 09:05 PM


The motor I used was a 1/2 hp 1725 rpm motor.

I am feeding the stock by hand and the tabletop is absolutely flat. The stock is always in contact with the table. When you set the table, you set it so that the stock “just” brushes the sanding grit but without moving the drum. You do this with your finest grit. When the drum spins the centrifugal force raises the hook and loop paper enough to take a light cut.

Keep in mind that this is NOT a thickness sander but more what I would call a finishing sander. There is no pressure on the drum and the sandpaper lifts just enough to take a smooth even cut. Feeding hasn’t been an issue so far.

Supposedly, you can sand wider than the drum by moving the stock side to side on subsequent passes. I haven’t done this yet so I don’t know.

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#13 posted 08-23-2009 09:12 PM

Interesting. I have been looking at the Jet and Delta models but cost is more than I want to spend. I have a motor, and extra wood. This is worth a shot. Thanks for posting. This one is going on my winter project list.

-- Phil 4:13------Our family motto

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#14 posted 08-24-2009 12:13 AM

I think Yorkshire Stewart made one from Shopnotes. It had a top and worked great for him. He even vented it out the top through a dust suction hose.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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John Gray

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#15 posted 08-24-2009 01:12 AM

I picked up the kit for an 18” V-Drum sander at a WW Shop in St. Louis area last winter. Mine is very similar BUT not quite as wide as yours, boo hoo. ;-) I picked up my motor for about $4 at a local auction. Mine works great and I’m happy to have it. You’ve done a great job thanks for the post. I’ll get around to posting mine one of theses days.
Oh if anyone else is building one I got my switch form Grizzly it’s surface/internally mounted, G2899 Safety Switch, it comes wired.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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