Home made Drum Sander 16/32

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Project by Billp posted 08-26-2009 03:35 AM 16644 views 35 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Home made Drum Sander. Ever since I saw the sander LJ Blake made I knew I wanted to make one. I also looked a the one Ray Lanham made he was on wood central. I decided to make mine open so I drew up the cantilever top on sketch up and had it made at a machine shop. I used 1/8 ” sheet metal for strength so I would not get deflection. Use a 1 1/2 hp. motor, the machinest drilled the center hole in the wrong location so I had to add a spacer to make things work. I like blake’s Idea of using the disk but then I thought think I will cover it with sechedule 40 PVC. Then I wraped it with velcro so I can use hook & Loop. I am going to add a sanding disk at the end of the shaft about a 6”. If you read Blake s blog you pretty much have the build with my changes. I used Lape joints on the frame and used hard maple. I have about $200-275.00 into the build. The pulleys are 4” on both for a 1 to 1 ration 1725rpms. I am going to change the table so it will go up and down with acme screws and sprockets when I have more time. I got the motor used for $100.00 and the metal shop didn’t charge me anything because I help his mother in Law my next door neighbor all the time. This was a lot of fun. Thanks Blake for the insperation and also a big thanks to Ray Lanham.

-- Billp

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#1 posted 08-26-2009 03:49 AM

Hopefully the heat that is generated from the sanding process won’t distort your plastic pipe over time. That 1.5HP motor should be just enough to turn that 4”x16” drum nicely.
Good job overall : )

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#2 posted 08-26-2009 12:17 PM

Hi Bill P;

Nice project. Looks like it will work nicely.


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#3 posted 08-26-2009 01:23 PM

This is awesome! Let us know how it works!!

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#4 posted 08-26-2009 01:52 PM

Looks good, should work just fine.

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

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#5 posted 08-26-2009 02:33 PM

Good Job. I love homemade machines.

Power feed is really nice on thickness sanders. Keep your eyes open for an old treadmill for free or on Craig’s List. A lot of people bought them and never used them. They will have a motor, belt, and speed control that works great for these (or so I am told).


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#6 posted 08-26-2009 04:10 PM

Nice mess on the bench and the jaws of the wise – you are realy busy there are not you :)
Some coffe and paint, lol love it nice progress man.

-- The way I work - the way I live. goldenhands

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#7 posted 08-26-2009 06:08 PM

Looks like it should work just fine.I need one of these sometimes and may build my own.
Thanks for sharing this Bill.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#8 posted 08-26-2009 09:47 PM

This turned out great. I’m glad I could be of inspiration. How big is it?

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#9 posted 08-27-2009 04:49 AM

Nice sander, it looks great.

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#10 posted 08-27-2009 07:10 AM

Never mind… I read the title again.

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#11 posted 08-28-2009 02:19 AM

Here is my update, I raised up the table in the back because the fellow drill the holes for the shaft in the wrong place. One side was lower then the other, I leveled the table and now everthing is within .005 . Tested it on some ruff sawen ceder worked like a champ. I really don’t think heat is going to be a problem seeing I take off just a little with each pass, so far so good. If it is a problem I will just use the wood like Blake did. I had some great ideas to raise the table but not the bucks to back it up. Linear Actuators Big Bucks. I am going to check into Acme screws and sprockets to raise and lower the table. I will let you know when I get it done.

-- Billp

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#12 posted 04-20-2010 07:34 PM

Nice sander.
I don’t know how much room you have under the table, but maybe a small floor jack or scissor jack could be mounted underneath to raise the table.

-- mrg

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#13 posted 04-20-2010 08:01 PM

very nice job

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