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I saw the Flatmaster sander at the Milwaukee woodworking show and it seemed quite nice. I thought about the kit, but it seemed rather expensive. I was wondering if any one had one, how would they make the drum on their own. Does not seem too difficult to make without buying the kit? Is the drum that comes with it hard or soft like rubber glued to steel with the velcro attached to rubber. It seems like it does not need to be rubber as the paper "lifts" off the drum to sand. Do you think PVC would work? Too much flex?

Thanks for any ideas.

Brian A
 

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Hi Brian
Welcome to Ljs. If you do a search here in Ljs you will find a number of folks who have made there own sanders that I believe are similar to the flatmaster.
 

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My stepson and I both built the 18" V-Drum Sander from Stockroom Supply, the same company that makes the Flatmaster, and are happy with them. We thought the price was expensive but it turned out well worth it. I looked on www.stockroomsupply.com and couldn't find much information. Oh we did find the plans and the video the Stock Room Supply supplied with the sander kits to be useless.
We are going to the Wood Working Show at St.Louis this Friday, 2/12/10, and will check back you then with an opinion.
 
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