Fences for V-Drum Sander

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Project by treeman posted 12-11-2009 03:35 PM 11338 views 69 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while back I posted a project on my completed V-Drum Sander. This sander has become one of the most used machines in my shop. I think I have used it on every project I have worked on since it ws built.

I finally got around to building some fences that enhance the functionality and overcome a couple of shortcomings. One shortcoming is that if you are working with long or heavy pieces they were sometimes difficult to hold flat without lifting on either the infeed or outfeed side. These fences have ledges that act as additional infeed/outfeed support. They are also built exactly 90 degrees to the table which provides the ability to edge sand square edges. I also incorporated t-track to hold featherboards.

The fences are constructed from mdf and plywood. I basically constructed an “L” shape with braces on the back side to keep everything square. The third picture shows the bottom of the fence with a small section of t-track and clamps that lock the fence to the table. The fences can be slid along the table and adjusted to the work at hand.

If you have one of these sanders, I believe you can make good use of these fences.

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#1 posted 12-11-2009 03:54 PM

Very creative and function able, I’ve been think about building one myself for sometime now. With this added dimension it may be worth the effort. Do you get a reasonable amount of use out of the paper before having to change? Thanks for sharing your idea of the fence…Blkcherry

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#2 posted 12-11-2009 04:01 PM


I haven’t worn out a piece of sandpaper yet. It seems the design of this sander prevents the paper from loading up. There is no pressure or heat build up on the paper or drum. You can remove and reuse the paper many times.

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#3 posted 12-11-2009 04:18 PM

That is one cool sander. As blackcherry said, very creative and functional. I am adding to my favorites as yet one more tool I hope to build soon. Thanks for posting!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#4 posted 12-11-2009 04:49 PM


Great job! What advantages or disadvantages do you see for a V-sander over a drum sander? I’ve been thinking about building a drum sander, but this seems like a more simple build.


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#5 posted 12-11-2009 04:57 PM

A beautiful work of functional woodworking. Looks great!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#6 posted 12-11-2009 04:59 PM


In my opinion a regular drum sander and a v-drum sander are two different animals. The v-drum sander is NOT a thicknessing machine. To me, it is more of a finishing sander. One thing you can do with the v-drum sander that I don’t think you can’t do with a normal drum sander is to joint wide boards. My jointer is only 4” wide. I have been using my v-drum sander to joint wider boards by loading a 60 grit wrap and using it like a wide jointer. It takes a little longer than a jointer but it gets the job done. The v-drum sander tries to make everything it sands flat and it does a good job at that. Sandpaper is available from 60 grit to 2000 grit so you have a lot of options. Changing grits takes less than a minute.

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#7 posted 12-11-2009 05:30 PM

Great post!!! I too built a V-Drum sander and this looks like a great project.

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

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#8 posted 12-11-2009 05:36 PM

Very interesting

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#9 posted 12-11-2009 05:51 PM

You can review the plan on stockroomsupplys for free…Blkcherry

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#10 posted 12-11-2009 06:22 PM


I was going to build a drum sander because I thought that was the best way to joint glueups wider than my planer and flatten end grain glue ups. You comment on using it as a jointer function (I don’t have a jointer) which makes me think about the end grain glue ups. Seeing the featherboard mounting also makes me think that a V groove may be more functional for me than a drum.

Would the v groove be good for surfacing an endgrain glue up?


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#11 posted 12-11-2009 06:27 PM


I certainly believe it would be good for endgrain. You certainly won’t get any tearout and it will make the surface flat. I think it should work just fine.

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#12 posted 12-11-2009 09:33 PM

So if you can use it like a jointer, is the outfeed table slightly higher than the infeed?

-- --Bob

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#13 posted 12-11-2009 09:43 PM


The answer is no. The table is dead flat but you have to understand how the v-drum sander works. When the machine is off, the table is even with the top of the sandpaper. When you turn the machine on, the paper rises slightly and takes a light cut. With fine paper only a thousandth or so; with course paper only a few thousandths. It really tries to make everything it sands dead flat.

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#14 posted 12-11-2009 10:00 PM

intersesting idea

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#15 posted 12-12-2009 03:08 AM

The fences are a great idea. I wondered how someone could sand a long board on these machines. You have solved the problem and made the thing very accurate to boot.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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