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Thicknessing drum sander - shop made

I've had a fancy for a thicknessing sander but a 10-20 inch model costs the equivalent of $1000 US over here and there's no way I can justify that sort of spending so I looked into making one of my own. There's no shortage of help to be had on the world-wide-web. The links I found useful include:

Dominic's Woodshop

Kawika Ukulele Sander

Ray Lanham Woodcentral

Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery

Mother earth

The Woodshop

Art Herrick

Luthiers' Friend

Nick's drum Sander

Moritz Designs

Shop Notes

With all that information, especially the very comprehensive how-to-do-it website by Dominic upon whose sander I largely based mine, I didn't even attempt a proper instructional blog, but here are a few pictures of the finished article.

drum sander 1

Space is a serious problem for me, so I went for a unit I can stand on the folding workbench 'Workmate'. I'm not sure that was too good an idea now that I realise the weight of the finished job.

eBay provided most of the hardware (all new items) at the following cost:

- Motor £33.85
- Velcro £8.24
- Rod £12.75
- Bearings £15.06
- Belt £5.12
- Switch £17.93

- Total £92.95. What's that, about 185 US Dollars?

The wood & pulleys I had kicking around and the rise and fall arrangement was from bits in the junk box.

drum sander 6

drum sander 5

drum sander 3

drum sander 2

A work of art it isn't, but it seems to be pretty accurate, vibration-free and quiet.

I'll be happy to answer any questions of course.
 

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Thicknessing drum sander - shop made

I've had a fancy for a thicknessing sander but a 10-20 inch model costs the equivalent of $1000 US over here and there's no way I can justify that sort of spending so I looked into making one of my own. There's no shortage of help to be had on the world-wide-web. The links I found useful include:

Dominic's Woodshop

Kawika Ukulele Sander

Ray Lanham Woodcentral

Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery

Mother earth

The Woodshop

Art Herrick

Luthiers' Friend

Nick's drum Sander

Moritz Designs

Shop Notes

With all that information, especially the very comprehensive how-to-do-it website by Dominic upon whose sander I largely based mine, I didn't even attempt a proper instructional blog, but here are a few pictures of the finished article.

drum sander 1

Space is a serious problem for me, so I went for a unit I can stand on the folding workbench 'Workmate'. I'm not sure that was too good an idea now that I realise the weight of the finished job.

eBay provided most of the hardware (all new items) at the following cost:

- Motor £33.85
- Velcro £8.24
- Rod £12.75
- Bearings £15.06
- Belt £5.12
- Switch £17.93

- Total £92.95. What's that, about 185 US Dollars?

The wood & pulleys I had kicking around and the rise and fall arrangement was from bits in the junk box.

drum sander 6

drum sander 5

drum sander 3

drum sander 2

A work of art it isn't, but it seems to be pretty accurate, vibration-free and quiet.

I'll be happy to answer any questions of course.
Looks great Yorkie. Didn't know you were looking to make so quiclkly.

How is it hand feeding it?
 

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Thicknessing drum sander - shop made

I've had a fancy for a thicknessing sander but a 10-20 inch model costs the equivalent of $1000 US over here and there's no way I can justify that sort of spending so I looked into making one of my own. There's no shortage of help to be had on the world-wide-web. The links I found useful include:

Dominic's Woodshop

Kawika Ukulele Sander

Ray Lanham Woodcentral

Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery

Mother earth

The Woodshop

Art Herrick

Luthiers' Friend

Nick's drum Sander

Moritz Designs

Shop Notes

With all that information, especially the very comprehensive how-to-do-it website by Dominic upon whose sander I largely based mine, I didn't even attempt a proper instructional blog, but here are a few pictures of the finished article.

drum sander 1

Space is a serious problem for me, so I went for a unit I can stand on the folding workbench 'Workmate'. I'm not sure that was too good an idea now that I realise the weight of the finished job.

eBay provided most of the hardware (all new items) at the following cost:

- Motor £33.85
- Velcro £8.24
- Rod £12.75
- Bearings £15.06
- Belt £5.12
- Switch £17.93

- Total £92.95. What's that, about 185 US Dollars?

The wood & pulleys I had kicking around and the rise and fall arrangement was from bits in the junk box.

drum sander 6

drum sander 5

drum sander 3

drum sander 2

A work of art it isn't, but it seems to be pretty accurate, vibration-free and quiet.

I'll be happy to answer any questions of course.
Far far easier than I'd feared Gary. I thought there'd be loads of 'kick back', but at 1/6th turn of the adjuster at a time it's a very gentle animal. The dust collector is a must as I found when I forgot to switch it on!
 

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Thicknessing drum sander - shop made

I've had a fancy for a thicknessing sander but a 10-20 inch model costs the equivalent of $1000 US over here and there's no way I can justify that sort of spending so I looked into making one of my own. There's no shortage of help to be had on the world-wide-web. The links I found useful include:

Dominic's Woodshop

Kawika Ukulele Sander

Ray Lanham Woodcentral

Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery

Mother earth

The Woodshop

Art Herrick

Luthiers' Friend

Nick's drum Sander

Moritz Designs

Shop Notes

With all that information, especially the very comprehensive how-to-do-it website by Dominic upon whose sander I largely based mine, I didn't even attempt a proper instructional blog, but here are a few pictures of the finished article.

drum sander 1

Space is a serious problem for me, so I went for a unit I can stand on the folding workbench 'Workmate'. I'm not sure that was too good an idea now that I realise the weight of the finished job.

eBay provided most of the hardware (all new items) at the following cost:

- Motor £33.85
- Velcro £8.24
- Rod £12.75
- Bearings £15.06
- Belt £5.12
- Switch £17.93

- Total £92.95. What's that, about 185 US Dollars?

The wood & pulleys I had kicking around and the rise and fall arrangement was from bits in the junk box.

drum sander 6

drum sander 5

drum sander 3

drum sander 2

A work of art it isn't, but it seems to be pretty accurate, vibration-free and quiet.

I'll be happy to answer any questions of course.
Who cares whether its a work of art Stew, as long as it does the job. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Thicknessing drum sander - shop made

I've had a fancy for a thicknessing sander but a 10-20 inch model costs the equivalent of $1000 US over here and there's no way I can justify that sort of spending so I looked into making one of my own. There's no shortage of help to be had on the world-wide-web. The links I found useful include:

Dominic's Woodshop

Kawika Ukulele Sander

Ray Lanham Woodcentral

Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery

Mother earth

The Woodshop

Art Herrick

Luthiers' Friend

Nick's drum Sander

Moritz Designs

Shop Notes

With all that information, especially the very comprehensive how-to-do-it website by Dominic upon whose sander I largely based mine, I didn't even attempt a proper instructional blog, but here are a few pictures of the finished article.

drum sander 1

Space is a serious problem for me, so I went for a unit I can stand on the folding workbench 'Workmate'. I'm not sure that was too good an idea now that I realise the weight of the finished job.

eBay provided most of the hardware (all new items) at the following cost:

- Motor £33.85
- Velcro £8.24
- Rod £12.75
- Bearings £15.06
- Belt £5.12
- Switch £17.93

- Total £92.95. What's that, about 185 US Dollars?

The wood & pulleys I had kicking around and the rise and fall arrangement was from bits in the junk box.

drum sander 6

drum sander 5

drum sander 3

drum sander 2

A work of art it isn't, but it seems to be pretty accurate, vibration-free and quiet.

I'll be happy to answer any questions of course.
Looks great, I've eyed the same thing for a while now…
 

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Thicknessing drum sander - shop made

I've had a fancy for a thicknessing sander but a 10-20 inch model costs the equivalent of $1000 US over here and there's no way I can justify that sort of spending so I looked into making one of my own. There's no shortage of help to be had on the world-wide-web. The links I found useful include:

Dominic's Woodshop

Kawika Ukulele Sander

Ray Lanham Woodcentral

Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery

Mother earth

The Woodshop

Art Herrick

Luthiers' Friend

Nick's drum Sander

Moritz Designs

Shop Notes

With all that information, especially the very comprehensive how-to-do-it website by Dominic upon whose sander I largely based mine, I didn't even attempt a proper instructional blog, but here are a few pictures of the finished article.

drum sander 1

Space is a serious problem for me, so I went for a unit I can stand on the folding workbench 'Workmate'. I'm not sure that was too good an idea now that I realise the weight of the finished job.

eBay provided most of the hardware (all new items) at the following cost:

- Motor £33.85
- Velcro £8.24
- Rod £12.75
- Bearings £15.06
- Belt £5.12
- Switch £17.93

- Total £92.95. What's that, about 185 US Dollars?

The wood & pulleys I had kicking around and the rise and fall arrangement was from bits in the junk box.

drum sander 6

drum sander 5

drum sander 3

drum sander 2

A work of art it isn't, but it seems to be pretty accurate, vibration-free and quiet.

I'll be happy to answer any questions of course.
Stew, nice job.
You beat me to it by a country mile and it really looks fine.

What is you RPM?

Bob
 

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Thicknessing drum sander - shop made

I've had a fancy for a thicknessing sander but a 10-20 inch model costs the equivalent of $1000 US over here and there's no way I can justify that sort of spending so I looked into making one of my own. There's no shortage of help to be had on the world-wide-web. The links I found useful include:

Dominic's Woodshop

Kawika Ukulele Sander

Ray Lanham Woodcentral

Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery

Mother earth

The Woodshop

Art Herrick

Luthiers' Friend

Nick's drum Sander

Moritz Designs

Shop Notes

With all that information, especially the very comprehensive how-to-do-it website by Dominic upon whose sander I largely based mine, I didn't even attempt a proper instructional blog, but here are a few pictures of the finished article.

drum sander 1

Space is a serious problem for me, so I went for a unit I can stand on the folding workbench 'Workmate'. I'm not sure that was too good an idea now that I realise the weight of the finished job.

eBay provided most of the hardware (all new items) at the following cost:

- Motor £33.85
- Velcro £8.24
- Rod £12.75
- Bearings £15.06
- Belt £5.12
- Switch £17.93

- Total £92.95. What's that, about 185 US Dollars?

The wood & pulleys I had kicking around and the rise and fall arrangement was from bits in the junk box.

drum sander 6

drum sander 5

drum sander 3

drum sander 2

A work of art it isn't, but it seems to be pretty accurate, vibration-free and quiet.

I'll be happy to answer any questions of course.
Motor runs at 2870 rpm and it's 'geared' down to around 1700rpm. Drum is 5" dia. As far as I know, that's in line with Grizzly, Performax etc.
 

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Thicknessing drum sander - shop made

I've had a fancy for a thicknessing sander but a 10-20 inch model costs the equivalent of $1000 US over here and there's no way I can justify that sort of spending so I looked into making one of my own. There's no shortage of help to be had on the world-wide-web. The links I found useful include:

Dominic's Woodshop

Kawika Ukulele Sander

Ray Lanham Woodcentral

Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery

Mother earth

The Woodshop

Art Herrick

Luthiers' Friend

Nick's drum Sander

Moritz Designs

Shop Notes

With all that information, especially the very comprehensive how-to-do-it website by Dominic upon whose sander I largely based mine, I didn't even attempt a proper instructional blog, but here are a few pictures of the finished article.

drum sander 1

Space is a serious problem for me, so I went for a unit I can stand on the folding workbench 'Workmate'. I'm not sure that was too good an idea now that I realise the weight of the finished job.

eBay provided most of the hardware (all new items) at the following cost:

- Motor £33.85
- Velcro £8.24
- Rod £12.75
- Bearings £15.06
- Belt £5.12
- Switch £17.93

- Total £92.95. What's that, about 185 US Dollars?

The wood & pulleys I had kicking around and the rise and fall arrangement was from bits in the junk box.

drum sander 6

drum sander 5

drum sander 3

drum sander 2

A work of art it isn't, but it seems to be pretty accurate, vibration-free and quiet.

I'll be happy to answer any questions of course.
Great Job Stewart. Looks like a keeper.
 

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Thicknessing drum sander - shop made

I've had a fancy for a thicknessing sander but a 10-20 inch model costs the equivalent of $1000 US over here and there's no way I can justify that sort of spending so I looked into making one of my own. There's no shortage of help to be had on the world-wide-web. The links I found useful include:

Dominic's Woodshop

Kawika Ukulele Sander

Ray Lanham Woodcentral

Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery

Mother earth

The Woodshop

Art Herrick

Luthiers' Friend

Nick's drum Sander

Moritz Designs

Shop Notes

With all that information, especially the very comprehensive how-to-do-it website by Dominic upon whose sander I largely based mine, I didn't even attempt a proper instructional blog, but here are a few pictures of the finished article.

drum sander 1

Space is a serious problem for me, so I went for a unit I can stand on the folding workbench 'Workmate'. I'm not sure that was too good an idea now that I realise the weight of the finished job.

eBay provided most of the hardware (all new items) at the following cost:

- Motor £33.85
- Velcro £8.24
- Rod £12.75
- Bearings £15.06
- Belt £5.12
- Switch £17.93

- Total £92.95. What's that, about 185 US Dollars?

The wood & pulleys I had kicking around and the rise and fall arrangement was from bits in the junk box.

drum sander 6

drum sander 5

drum sander 3

drum sander 2

A work of art it isn't, but it seems to be pretty accurate, vibration-free and quiet.

I'll be happy to answer any questions of course.
Form and functionality, what more can you ask for?
 

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Thicknessing drum sander - shop made

I've had a fancy for a thicknessing sander but a 10-20 inch model costs the equivalent of $1000 US over here and there's no way I can justify that sort of spending so I looked into making one of my own. There's no shortage of help to be had on the world-wide-web. The links I found useful include:

Dominic's Woodshop

Kawika Ukulele Sander

Ray Lanham Woodcentral

Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery

Mother earth

The Woodshop

Art Herrick

Luthiers' Friend

Nick's drum Sander

Moritz Designs

Shop Notes

With all that information, especially the very comprehensive how-to-do-it website by Dominic upon whose sander I largely based mine, I didn't even attempt a proper instructional blog, but here are a few pictures of the finished article.

drum sander 1

Space is a serious problem for me, so I went for a unit I can stand on the folding workbench 'Workmate'. I'm not sure that was too good an idea now that I realise the weight of the finished job.

eBay provided most of the hardware (all new items) at the following cost:

- Motor £33.85
- Velcro £8.24
- Rod £12.75
- Bearings £15.06
- Belt £5.12
- Switch £17.93

- Total £92.95. What's that, about 185 US Dollars?

The wood & pulleys I had kicking around and the rise and fall arrangement was from bits in the junk box.

drum sander 6

drum sander 5

drum sander 3

drum sander 2

A work of art it isn't, but it seems to be pretty accurate, vibration-free and quiet.

I'll be happy to answer any questions of course.
Very nice job, looks very professional.
 

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Thicknessing drum sander - shop made

I've had a fancy for a thicknessing sander but a 10-20 inch model costs the equivalent of $1000 US over here and there's no way I can justify that sort of spending so I looked into making one of my own. There's no shortage of help to be had on the world-wide-web. The links I found useful include:

Dominic's Woodshop

Kawika Ukulele Sander

Ray Lanham Woodcentral

Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery

Mother earth

The Woodshop

Art Herrick

Luthiers' Friend

Nick's drum Sander

Moritz Designs

Shop Notes

With all that information, especially the very comprehensive how-to-do-it website by Dominic upon whose sander I largely based mine, I didn't even attempt a proper instructional blog, but here are a few pictures of the finished article.

drum sander 1

Space is a serious problem for me, so I went for a unit I can stand on the folding workbench 'Workmate'. I'm not sure that was too good an idea now that I realise the weight of the finished job.

eBay provided most of the hardware (all new items) at the following cost:

- Motor £33.85
- Velcro £8.24
- Rod £12.75
- Bearings £15.06
- Belt £5.12
- Switch £17.93

- Total £92.95. What's that, about 185 US Dollars?

The wood & pulleys I had kicking around and the rise and fall arrangement was from bits in the junk box.

drum sander 6

drum sander 5

drum sander 3

drum sander 2

A work of art it isn't, but it seems to be pretty accurate, vibration-free and quiet.

I'll be happy to answer any questions of course.
Stew, nice job. How thin will it go?

Tom
 

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Thicknessing drum sander - shop made

I've had a fancy for a thicknessing sander but a 10-20 inch model costs the equivalent of $1000 US over here and there's no way I can justify that sort of spending so I looked into making one of my own. There's no shortage of help to be had on the world-wide-web. The links I found useful include:

Dominic's Woodshop

Kawika Ukulele Sander

Ray Lanham Woodcentral

Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery

Mother earth

The Woodshop

Art Herrick

Luthiers' Friend

Nick's drum Sander

Moritz Designs

Shop Notes

With all that information, especially the very comprehensive how-to-do-it website by Dominic upon whose sander I largely based mine, I didn't even attempt a proper instructional blog, but here are a few pictures of the finished article.

drum sander 1

Space is a serious problem for me, so I went for a unit I can stand on the folding workbench 'Workmate'. I'm not sure that was too good an idea now that I realise the weight of the finished job.

eBay provided most of the hardware (all new items) at the following cost:

- Motor £33.85
- Velcro £8.24
- Rod £12.75
- Bearings £15.06
- Belt £5.12
- Switch £17.93

- Total £92.95. What's that, about 185 US Dollars?

The wood & pulleys I had kicking around and the rise and fall arrangement was from bits in the junk box.

drum sander 6

drum sander 5

drum sander 3

drum sander 2

A work of art it isn't, but it seems to be pretty accurate, vibration-free and quiet.

I'll be happy to answer any questions of course.
Great piece of craftsmanship Stew.

I'll bet others will be trying to duplicate this.
 

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Thicknessing drum sander - shop made

I've had a fancy for a thicknessing sander but a 10-20 inch model costs the equivalent of $1000 US over here and there's no way I can justify that sort of spending so I looked into making one of my own. There's no shortage of help to be had on the world-wide-web. The links I found useful include:

Dominic's Woodshop

Kawika Ukulele Sander

Ray Lanham Woodcentral

Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery

Mother earth

The Woodshop

Art Herrick

Luthiers' Friend

Nick's drum Sander

Moritz Designs

Shop Notes

With all that information, especially the very comprehensive how-to-do-it website by Dominic upon whose sander I largely based mine, I didn't even attempt a proper instructional blog, but here are a few pictures of the finished article.

drum sander 1

Space is a serious problem for me, so I went for a unit I can stand on the folding workbench 'Workmate'. I'm not sure that was too good an idea now that I realise the weight of the finished job.

eBay provided most of the hardware (all new items) at the following cost:

- Motor £33.85
- Velcro £8.24
- Rod £12.75
- Bearings £15.06
- Belt £5.12
- Switch £17.93

- Total £92.95. What's that, about 185 US Dollars?

The wood & pulleys I had kicking around and the rise and fall arrangement was from bits in the junk box.

drum sander 6

drum sander 5

drum sander 3

drum sander 2

A work of art it isn't, but it seems to be pretty accurate, vibration-free and quiet.

I'll be happy to answer any questions of course.
really cool. I hope you gets lots of years of satisfaction from it.
 

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Thicknessing drum sander - shop made

I've had a fancy for a thicknessing sander but a 10-20 inch model costs the equivalent of $1000 US over here and there's no way I can justify that sort of spending so I looked into making one of my own. There's no shortage of help to be had on the world-wide-web. The links I found useful include:

Dominic's Woodshop

Kawika Ukulele Sander

Ray Lanham Woodcentral

Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery

Mother earth

The Woodshop

Art Herrick

Luthiers' Friend

Nick's drum Sander

Moritz Designs

Shop Notes

With all that information, especially the very comprehensive how-to-do-it website by Dominic upon whose sander I largely based mine, I didn't even attempt a proper instructional blog, but here are a few pictures of the finished article.

drum sander 1

Space is a serious problem for me, so I went for a unit I can stand on the folding workbench 'Workmate'. I'm not sure that was too good an idea now that I realise the weight of the finished job.

eBay provided most of the hardware (all new items) at the following cost:

- Motor £33.85
- Velcro £8.24
- Rod £12.75
- Bearings £15.06
- Belt £5.12
- Switch £17.93

- Total £92.95. What's that, about 185 US Dollars?

The wood & pulleys I had kicking around and the rise and fall arrangement was from bits in the junk box.

drum sander 6

drum sander 5

drum sander 3

drum sander 2

A work of art it isn't, but it seems to be pretty accurate, vibration-free and quiet.

I'll be happy to answer any questions of course.
Stewart, I cant tell you how happy I am with this post. I have been agonizing about a thickness sander for so long now. I have been on the fence about putting the time into building one, wondering if it would be as good as a commercial version and whether it would just frustrate me. I just spent some considerable time with your links and I will be going back. I will definitely be talking to you more about this. I think you just pushed me over the edge to make one!!! Thanks so much.
 

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Thicknessing drum sander - shop made

I've had a fancy for a thicknessing sander but a 10-20 inch model costs the equivalent of $1000 US over here and there's no way I can justify that sort of spending so I looked into making one of my own. There's no shortage of help to be had on the world-wide-web. The links I found useful include:

Dominic's Woodshop

Kawika Ukulele Sander

Ray Lanham Woodcentral

Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery

Mother earth

The Woodshop

Art Herrick

Luthiers' Friend

Nick's drum Sander

Moritz Designs

Shop Notes

With all that information, especially the very comprehensive how-to-do-it website by Dominic upon whose sander I largely based mine, I didn't even attempt a proper instructional blog, but here are a few pictures of the finished article.

drum sander 1

Space is a serious problem for me, so I went for a unit I can stand on the folding workbench 'Workmate'. I'm not sure that was too good an idea now that I realise the weight of the finished job.

eBay provided most of the hardware (all new items) at the following cost:

- Motor £33.85
- Velcro £8.24
- Rod £12.75
- Bearings £15.06
- Belt £5.12
- Switch £17.93

- Total £92.95. What's that, about 185 US Dollars?

The wood & pulleys I had kicking around and the rise and fall arrangement was from bits in the junk box.

drum sander 6

drum sander 5

drum sander 3

drum sander 2

A work of art it isn't, but it seems to be pretty accurate, vibration-free and quiet.

I'll be happy to answer any questions of course.
It looks like functional art to me. Like most others here, I have been toying with the idea of building one but was not sure if it really would save all that much money, especially if it didn't work well when I was done :)

Great post, thanks
 

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Thicknessing drum sander - shop made

I've had a fancy for a thicknessing sander but a 10-20 inch model costs the equivalent of $1000 US over here and there's no way I can justify that sort of spending so I looked into making one of my own. There's no shortage of help to be had on the world-wide-web. The links I found useful include:

Dominic's Woodshop

Kawika Ukulele Sander

Ray Lanham Woodcentral

Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery

Mother earth

The Woodshop

Art Herrick

Luthiers' Friend

Nick's drum Sander

Moritz Designs

Shop Notes

With all that information, especially the very comprehensive how-to-do-it website by Dominic upon whose sander I largely based mine, I didn't even attempt a proper instructional blog, but here are a few pictures of the finished article.

drum sander 1

Space is a serious problem for me, so I went for a unit I can stand on the folding workbench 'Workmate'. I'm not sure that was too good an idea now that I realise the weight of the finished job.

eBay provided most of the hardware (all new items) at the following cost:

- Motor £33.85
- Velcro £8.24
- Rod £12.75
- Bearings £15.06
- Belt £5.12
- Switch £17.93

- Total £92.95. What's that, about 185 US Dollars?

The wood & pulleys I had kicking around and the rise and fall arrangement was from bits in the junk box.

drum sander 6

drum sander 5

drum sander 3

drum sander 2

A work of art it isn't, but it seems to be pretty accurate, vibration-free and quiet.

I'll be happy to answer any questions of course.
Good job. I love shop made machines. I tried one of these years ago using my lathe. But I didn't put the love into it that you seem to have done. I will be interested in how you like it over time with the manual feed.

Love your knobs!
 

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Thicknessing drum sander - shop made

I've had a fancy for a thicknessing sander but a 10-20 inch model costs the equivalent of $1000 US over here and there's no way I can justify that sort of spending so I looked into making one of my own. There's no shortage of help to be had on the world-wide-web. The links I found useful include:

Dominic's Woodshop

Kawika Ukulele Sander

Ray Lanham Woodcentral

Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery

Mother earth

The Woodshop

Art Herrick

Luthiers' Friend

Nick's drum Sander

Moritz Designs

Shop Notes

With all that information, especially the very comprehensive how-to-do-it website by Dominic upon whose sander I largely based mine, I didn't even attempt a proper instructional blog, but here are a few pictures of the finished article.

drum sander 1

Space is a serious problem for me, so I went for a unit I can stand on the folding workbench 'Workmate'. I'm not sure that was too good an idea now that I realise the weight of the finished job.

eBay provided most of the hardware (all new items) at the following cost:

- Motor £33.85
- Velcro £8.24
- Rod £12.75
- Bearings £15.06
- Belt £5.12
- Switch £17.93

- Total £92.95. What's that, about 185 US Dollars?

The wood & pulleys I had kicking around and the rise and fall arrangement was from bits in the junk box.

drum sander 6

drum sander 5

drum sander 3

drum sander 2

A work of art it isn't, but it seems to be pretty accurate, vibration-free and quiet.

I'll be happy to answer any questions of course.
Many thanks gentlejocks for your comments. I'd put in a lot of thought whether or not of some sort of feed arrangement would be necessary. Up to now, my limited experience with it suggests that I'm better off without that complication.

Tom Adamski - The rise and fall adjuster will take it down to zero, but I've yet to try it below 1/4 inch. The main reason for building it was for final thicknessing of acoustic guitar components. Hence the fairly generous width of 18". So I'm hoping it'll maintain its accuracy over that width and down to something like 1/8".

I'm so pleased to be of some help Blake. Bringing those links together took some doing, but should be a useful aid. Of course I'll be happy to talk about any aspects of the project.

Steve - Yes the knobs! Cheap and cheerful eh? Bandsawn mdf circles 'decorated' by Forstner bit and Araldited to a 1/4" / 6mm hex bolt.

And shhh! don't tell anyone, but the dust collector outlet is a plastic plumbing component; actually a lavatory soil pipe union. Perfect snug fit for my vacuum hose. And what you see on it is sawdust!
 

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Thicknessing drum sander - shop made

I've had a fancy for a thicknessing sander but a 10-20 inch model costs the equivalent of $1000 US over here and there's no way I can justify that sort of spending so I looked into making one of my own. There's no shortage of help to be had on the world-wide-web. The links I found useful include:

Dominic's Woodshop

Kawika Ukulele Sander

Ray Lanham Woodcentral

Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery

Mother earth

The Woodshop

Art Herrick

Luthiers' Friend

Nick's drum Sander

Moritz Designs

Shop Notes

With all that information, especially the very comprehensive how-to-do-it website by Dominic upon whose sander I largely based mine, I didn't even attempt a proper instructional blog, but here are a few pictures of the finished article.

drum sander 1

Space is a serious problem for me, so I went for a unit I can stand on the folding workbench 'Workmate'. I'm not sure that was too good an idea now that I realise the weight of the finished job.

eBay provided most of the hardware (all new items) at the following cost:

- Motor £33.85
- Velcro £8.24
- Rod £12.75
- Bearings £15.06
- Belt £5.12
- Switch £17.93

- Total £92.95. What's that, about 185 US Dollars?

The wood & pulleys I had kicking around and the rise and fall arrangement was from bits in the junk box.

drum sander 6

drum sander 5

drum sander 3

drum sander 2

A work of art it isn't, but it seems to be pretty accurate, vibration-free and quiet.

I'll be happy to answer any questions of course.
I think it is up to your usual standard of excellence. You say yours is quiet. I have a performax, and with it and the DC running it really howls. Good work Sir.
 

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Thicknessing drum sander - shop made

I've had a fancy for a thicknessing sander but a 10-20 inch model costs the equivalent of $1000 US over here and there's no way I can justify that sort of spending so I looked into making one of my own. There's no shortage of help to be had on the world-wide-web. The links I found useful include:

Dominic's Woodshop

Kawika Ukulele Sander

Ray Lanham Woodcentral

Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery

Mother earth

The Woodshop

Art Herrick

Luthiers' Friend

Nick's drum Sander

Moritz Designs

Shop Notes

With all that information, especially the very comprehensive how-to-do-it website by Dominic upon whose sander I largely based mine, I didn't even attempt a proper instructional blog, but here are a few pictures of the finished article.

drum sander 1

Space is a serious problem for me, so I went for a unit I can stand on the folding workbench 'Workmate'. I'm not sure that was too good an idea now that I realise the weight of the finished job.

eBay provided most of the hardware (all new items) at the following cost:

- Motor £33.85
- Velcro £8.24
- Rod £12.75
- Bearings £15.06
- Belt £5.12
- Switch £17.93

- Total £92.95. What's that, about 185 US Dollars?

The wood & pulleys I had kicking around and the rise and fall arrangement was from bits in the junk box.

drum sander 6

drum sander 5

drum sander 3

drum sander 2

A work of art it isn't, but it seems to be pretty accurate, vibration-free and quiet.

I'll be happy to answer any questions of course.
I was in Austria last week, whilst there I was looking back through my "Shop Notes" Magazines and I have started to modify there design for the thickness sander, to take panels up to 26" - not too sure how it will work out, but time will tell! Thanks for ALL the links, I am sure they will help.

Some Questions.
1. Did you find that central height adjustment was sufficient to maintain stability at the edges of the platern?
2. Is that Velcro you are using on the drum to hold the sandpapaer on?
3. What size was the motor you are using? I was thinking about a 2HP
4. What was the final drum speed you came up with?

Any comments would be appeciated
 

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Thicknessing drum sander - shop made

I've had a fancy for a thicknessing sander but a 10-20 inch model costs the equivalent of $1000 US over here and there's no way I can justify that sort of spending so I looked into making one of my own. There's no shortage of help to be had on the world-wide-web. The links I found useful include:

Dominic's Woodshop

Kawika Ukulele Sander

Ray Lanham Woodcentral

Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery

Mother earth

The Woodshop

Art Herrick

Luthiers' Friend

Nick's drum Sander

Moritz Designs

Shop Notes

With all that information, especially the very comprehensive how-to-do-it website by Dominic upon whose sander I largely based mine, I didn't even attempt a proper instructional blog, but here are a few pictures of the finished article.

drum sander 1

Space is a serious problem for me, so I went for a unit I can stand on the folding workbench 'Workmate'. I'm not sure that was too good an idea now that I realise the weight of the finished job.

eBay provided most of the hardware (all new items) at the following cost:

- Motor £33.85
- Velcro £8.24
- Rod £12.75
- Bearings £15.06
- Belt £5.12
- Switch £17.93

- Total £92.95. What's that, about 185 US Dollars?

The wood & pulleys I had kicking around and the rise and fall arrangement was from bits in the junk box.

drum sander 6

drum sander 5

drum sander 3

drum sander 2

A work of art it isn't, but it seems to be pretty accurate, vibration-free and quiet.

I'll be happy to answer any questions of course.
Tony - Thanks for your interest.

1. It's 'early days' & I haven't had the opportunity to use it very much yet. However the arrangement does seem rigid enough. I used top quality heavy brass hinges (the sort with washers incorporated on the wearing surfaces) to pivot the platten on. They have no play at all that I can discern. That, plus I'm careful to sand off the bare minimum at each run. 1/6th turn (0.008") is enough. Also, I went for a 1" diameter spindle throught the drum for rigidity.

2. Yes, I trued up the built-up 5" dia. MDF drum as recommended in Dominic's website, sealed it with PVA and applied self-adhesive hook 100mm wide Velcro obtained from here .

3. It's 1.5 hp motor, bought from eBay brand new.

4. Theoretical drum speed is around 1700 rpm. But, as you can see in picture #4, the belt is riding too high in the motor pulley, so it will be a little less than that. It was the only pulley I had in my junk box and it's really too narrow, but seems to work O.K.
 
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