Drum Sander Storage Cabinet

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Project by Cory posted 04-17-2012 01:18 PM 3687 views 7 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back story: A buddy of mine decided he didn’t want his drum sander any more and basically gave it to me. It is the older Performax 16/32 model. I recently upgraded the dust hood to a 4” port and built a storage cabinet underneath for sandpaper and other sanding supplies. The cabinet is 3/4” ply with edges wrapped in cherry. Drawer fronts are the same. Drawers are on full extension slides. Finished with BLO.

I LOVE this tool. It’s a life saver with end grain cutting boards and thin stock.

Thanks for looking!


-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#1 posted 04-17-2012 02:57 PM

Nice score and very nice storage! Enjoy….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 04-17-2012 03:06 PM

Nicely done—particularly like the drawers on the Jet since I’m sure those sanders can kick up a lot of dust. Are they working out as good as they look like they would? I’m designing a cabinet for use under a scroll saw, and have been thinking that the empty space under some machines would be a great place to store accessories, so I’m glad to see someone actually followed through with my mental ramblings.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 04-17-2012 03:31 PM

John: The drawers are working great. I’m glad I used full extension slides, though. My infeed table sticks out pretty far and gets in the way a little bit.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#4 posted 04-17-2012 03:43 PM

I need buddies like that.

Nice score. And great job on the storage addition.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#5 posted 04-17-2012 05:18 PM

I have 16/32 jet drum sander and I too love it. End grain boards are no sweat, literally. Also planning out rough lumber is great and no snip. I use it for a simple sander of small pieces. A very nice tool only mine cost $1100. Thank your friend again for me.

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#6 posted 04-17-2012 06:14 PM

Wow, what a freind, that’s one heck of a guy there’s not many like him around. Your a lucky guy, I’m sure you know that. N I C E !

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#7 posted 04-17-2012 08:46 PM

I really like that. I just have a pile of junk under mine.
It really is one of the nicest tools to have.


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#8 posted 04-17-2012 09:45 PM

Lucky you, drum sander for free. Great use of space.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#9 posted 04-17-2012 10:20 PM

Very nicely done Cory! I’ll have to do this to mine. Thanks for posting!

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#10 posted 04-17-2012 11:12 PM

Thanks everyone. Just for the record, I did pay for the drum sander. It wasn’t a lot, but it wasn’t free either. And yes, I’m very lucky to have a friend like Bill.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#11 posted 04-18-2012 02:54 AM

My buddy has the Performax and it is still running great for almost 20 years so far : ) Nice to know that the JET dust hood will swap out. Thanks
Nice job on the drawers : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 04-18-2012 04:09 AM

Very nice. I have the same sander and this is just the idea I needed for storage. I bought the sander a couple years ago at auction and all of the sanding supplies came in a 5 gallon bucket….where they still live .

-- RTex, Wood Wranglin' Cowboy

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#13 posted 04-18-2012 10:03 AM

I’ve got the old Ryobi model of this sander. With a bit of TLC and good luck in finding replacement parts it’s still working just fine. I can’t imagine my shop without something similar.

The best thing I ever did was convert it to hook and loop sandpaper. Great machines, lousy design on holding the sandpaper in!


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#14 posted 04-18-2012 12:23 PM

wow! what a gr8 friend. I’m liking the storage cabinet below.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#15 posted 04-18-2012 01:41 PM


I almost missed your post…...glad I found it in time to jot down a few words….:)

Stellar job on the cabinet build, as usual, bud…...great addition to the sander….I’m jealous….I want one..

I always enjoy your post, especially shop furniture…As I’ve said many times, that’s my favorite thing to build.

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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