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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.

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

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

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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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Excellent project Scott. I might have to borrow that.
 

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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?
 

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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.
 
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