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Hello all! I've been looking for good plans to make my own surface sander attachment for my shopsmith. Actually this is how I found this website. I've seen several pics and descriptions about how to build the drum and how to mount it, but still haven't figured out a good way to feed stock through it. Any tips or links to good plans would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Have you been looking at this one? It's probably as good as you will get. Plus Paul did a blog on the process of making it. He'd probably also answer questions if you sent him a pm directly.
 

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@SASmith- this looks good too. How does it work for you? What is the black crank I'm seeing there? Is that how you feed the stock through? I guess I don't know a lot about these sanders, I always thought the stock was fed through mechanically similar to a planer. If that's not the case, how do you feed it through? Thanks again guys, appreciate the info.
 

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The above pic is not mine it came from the thread in this link.

The pic above uses the hand crank to move the belt/conveyor forward.

The link that tootles made above is a manual model that you just push though at a steady speed, no conveyor.

That is why I recommended a "v-drum" style sander that you use like a jointer. Below is an example:


You can search here on lumberjocks for "v-drum" or "v drum" to see more examples of what I am talking about. Most are not powered by a shopsmith, but you can get an idea of how they work.
 
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