Drum sander for the drill press

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Project by Scott posted 11-02-2019 08:50 PM 1151 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this drum sander from a piece of oak using a threaded rod and a nut on each end. I used a rasp with the drill press to get the drum mostly round. Then the last photo shows how I trued up the cylinder in the drill press using sandpaper on a vertical surface. The drum is 2 3/4 inches in length so a quarter of a sheet of sandpaper fits on it. To secure the sandpaper, I use a hardwood wedge in a slot. To make the slot, I drilled a small hole parallel to the center hole, then used a handsaw to cut a groove to the small hole. I left the wedge proud of the drum to facilitate removal.

-- Scott in North Carolina

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#1 posted 11-03-2019 01:06 AM

Well thought out project…i like do it yourself shop projects. Well done

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#2 posted 11-03-2019 02:05 AM

That’s a great idea. Next time I need a particular radius drum sander I can just make one.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Mike in SoCal, now East Texas

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#3 posted 11-03-2019 02:26 PM

Way to “roll your own”!

I admire the effort you went through and to end up with a totally functional accessory. I would have bought a wood lathe before even considering that task 8^)

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#4 posted 11-03-2019 04:21 PM

Excellent project Scott. I might have to borrow that.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 11-03-2019 10:58 PM

Good idea but I’m confused—you have a lathe.
Why not turn it round on the lathe, then drill thru center after it’s round?

-- Gary, Florida

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#6 posted 11-03-2019 11:16 PM

I used a salvaged oak column from a bannister, so it was already round but not a perfect cylinder. Any way you do it, it is probably a good idea to true it up on the drill press after you are done to make sure it is square to the table.

-- Scott in North Carolina

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