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Posted on Building a drum for a drum sander?

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rance

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#1 posted 03-13-2010 09:13 PM

swayze,

Keep in mind that the initial cutting of the disks is a rough cut. After you glue the stack together on the shaft, then you run a piece of MDF or other very flat board through with sandpaper on one side to true up the drum. This is done after the machine is mostly complete. Most of the drum sanders use about a 5” drum. I’m building my drum sander from the shop notes plans. What plans are you using, or are you designing your own?

MDF provides a much smoother surface than even B. Birch cab. grade ply. Using plywood could result in striped lines in your workpiece you are sanding.

Rance

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