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Project by mdzehr posted 10-23-2020 04:21 AM 1049 views 6 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my latest addition to my shop, a drum sander accessory for my lathe. I put Formica on the table to help with the feed. The drum is made out of 24”x 4” PVC with wood plugs in the and also in the center. The dust and safety shield is made with a 6” PVC pipe and far exceeds my expectations. It also has a power elevator to raise and lower the table using sliding dovetail joints in parallel tracks that simultaneously guide a pair of elevators joined together in a sled. The elevator is powered by my drill which turns a 5/16-18 all thread rod. The rod is anchored in a home-made pillow block bearing at one end and the other end anchors to the sled with a 3 prong T-nut sandwiched between two blocks of wood attached to the center bottom of the sled. Overall I’m very pleased with it. 

-- Mike, Lancaster PA





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Underdog

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#1 posted 10-23-2020 10:28 AM

That’s pretty slick! I like the PVC pipe collector, but I especially like your leveling solution with the double ramps!
Thanks for sharing.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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mdzehr

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#2 posted 10-23-2020 10:37 AM

Thanks Jim. I put off building this for a long time just because I wasn’t happy with what others were having to do to raise and lower the bed. Then, one night when I wasn’t able to sleep I kept mulling it over and all of a sudden it came to me.


That s pretty slick! I like the PVC pipe collector, but I especially like your leveling solution with the double ramps!
Thanks for sharing.

- Underdog


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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Eric

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#3 posted 10-23-2020 10:38 AM

Really neat idea, never thought about using the lathe as a drum sander. Makes good use of a tool that sometimes collects dust.

Nice job on the dust collection.

-- Eric, building the dream

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mdzehr

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#4 posted 10-23-2020 10:45 AM

Thanks Eric. I was tickled to find out that Big Blue box store sold PVC in small two foot sections as I wasn’t real thrilled about having trip over 8’ feet of left over pipe for the next twenty years.


Really neat idea, never thought about using the lathe as a drum sander. Makes good use of a tool that sometimes collects dust.

Nice job on the dust collection.

- Eric


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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oldrivers

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#5 posted 10-23-2020 12:34 PM

Looks great and works above your expectations. You can’t beat that congratulations on a job well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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mdzehr

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#6 posted 10-23-2020 12:37 PM

Thanks oldrivers


Looks great and works above your expectations. You can t beat that congratulations on a job well done.

- oldrivers


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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woodchuckerNJ

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#7 posted 10-23-2020 01:56 PM

how round was the pvc? or did you have to true it up on the lathe?

are you using hook and loop, or psa paper?

I might have to do one of these for my full size lathe. it will get more use than just turning that way.

-- Jeff NJ

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mdzehr

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#8 posted 10-23-2020 02:06 PM

The PVC was remarkably pretty round. I had to touch it up a little on the lathe and then I raised the table up against the pvc with sandpaper face up on the table and finished sanding the pvc to true it to the table. For right now I cut a real thin slot in each end of the pipe to slip the ends of the sandpaper into and use contact cement just on the ends. That may need revision as I get more experience on it but so far so good on just a few trial runs.


how round was the pvc? or did you have to true it up on the lathe?

are you using hook and loop, or psa paper?

I might have to do one of these for my full size lathe. it will get more use than just turning that way.

- woodchuckerNJ


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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GR8HUNTER

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#9 posted 10-23-2020 02:56 PM

Mike the inventor you took an other wise dust collector and turned it into a useful tool GRATZ on working better then thought it would GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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lew

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#10 posted 10-23-2020 03:39 PM

Awesome build, Mike. Really like your raise and lowering the table design.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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mdzehr

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#11 posted 10-23-2020 03:58 PM

Thanks Tony. I think the trick to getting it to work so well was to minimize the space between the collector and the drum.


Mike the inventor you took an other wise dust collector and turned it into a useful tool GRATZ on working better then thought it would GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

- GR8HUNTER


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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mdzehr

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#12 posted 10-23-2020 03:59 PM

Thanks Lew.


Awesome build, Mike. Really like your raise and lowering the table design.

- lew


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 10-23-2020 05:04 PM

Great machine and nice build and design. Mike. I love it. Many a time I wished I had one of them.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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mdzehr

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#14 posted 10-23-2020 05:08 PM

Thanks Jim. I’m trying an end grain butcher block and a planer just doesn’t work for that. I also want to do some segmented bowls and this should make that process work a bit more smoothly as I build up the different layers.


Great machine and nice build and design. Mike. I love it. Many a time I wished I had one of them.

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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Eric

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#15 posted 10-23-2020 11:03 PM

Mike,

Here is a thought, you turned a plug for each end. Make the end plugs larger to fit over the pvc, then cut a slot in the face to hold the sandpaper.

-- Eric, building the dream

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