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Project by JasonWagner posted 03-10-2021 01:42 AM 1308 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this drum sander more than a year ago but just dropped a motor in it this past weekend. I feel like this is something to make and then totally redo based on your experience. I’d change a number of things but won’t go into great detail. But, it works! For the next few weeks until my Supermax arrives I’ll play with it but then maybe I’ll turn it into a true sand flea or something. I thought I’d get a motor easily but finding a +1hp motor for a good deal was not easy. By the time I spent $200-250 or so on parts and then thinking of spending +$200 on a motor for a hand-operated and not so accurate DIY tool I figured I’d just buy the real thing. I ended up using my grandfather’s radial arm saw motor. I was using the saw as a disk sander and bought a real disk sander and took the saw apart. It was too bulky. Still was fun to do the build and it kept me busy.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!





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pottz

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#1 posted 03-10-2021 03:39 AM

thats a pretty cool build but as you say for the money being a diy machine id rather spend more and get something much more precision.ive never been a fan of home made machines.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#2 posted 03-10-2021 08:08 AM

As a DIY project it looks brilliant and appreciate it being a fun build… however, I agree with pottzy and it seems like you agreed with him long before he realises he agrees with me.


... I figured I’d just buy the real thing....
- JasonWagner

While you were honest about your materials, too many woodies only cost their “scrap bin” which usually registers $00.00, but they tend to ignore their labour, the extras they couldn’t find in that “scrap bin” and all the required hardware. Add a reasonable hourly rate to the materials and motor and you could have afforded a Fe$tool ”real thing”... no such thing but couldn’t resist it with pottzy...

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Redoak49

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#3 posted 03-10-2021 11:34 AM

I built one also but not happy with the accuracy. I bought a Supermax and love it.

I used parts of the DIY to build a Sand Flea powered by my Shopsmith and it works very well.

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Eric

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#4 posted 03-10-2021 11:48 AM

Neat build, and some great advice on the comparison of diy and purchase of a known model.

-- Eric, building the dream

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grovemadman

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#5 posted 03-10-2021 02:12 PM

Making your own tools is very cool! Especially if they actually work… Nice Job!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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woodbutcherbynight

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#6 posted 03-10-2021 05:08 PM

Nice work. Sure you have time and some parts involved but the experience you gained plus a working tool. Priceless!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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splintergroup

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#7 posted 03-10-2021 06:36 PM

I appreciate the thought and effort that goes into something like this and years ago I would have done the same.
Now i’ve grown more impatient and I want it now!

Instant gratification is a wonderful thing.

Nice looking sander and kudos for the effort however!

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JasonWagner

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#8 posted 03-10-2021 06:57 PM

Splintergroup- the problem is there isn’t any instant gratification. I ordered the Supermax in January and has an expected ship date in two weeks like many other suppliers. Based on some websites if you order now, shipping is in May.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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splintergroup

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#9 posted 03-10-2021 07:21 PM

Yep! I’ve avoided ordering anything with potential delays for the past year just because of that. I don’t want to feel my soul crushed 8^)

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LittleBlackDuck

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#10 posted 03-10-2021 09:50 PM



.... shipping is in May.
- JasonWagner

I don t want to feel my soul crushed 8^)
- splintergroup


That’s why I prefer all my shipping in reinforced boxes... It never arrives when you may expect it.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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