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04-28-2011 01:38 AM

Topic tags/keywords: drum sander purchase advice new shop question sander

I am getting my hobby shop equipped with tools I need to make furniture.

I have the following
Router Table x2
Table Saw x2
Chop Saw
Hand Planer
Band Saw

I am thinking of adding the following.
what do you think?

or would this be better?

Do I even need a sander? How much time will it save me?

What if I could get them at half price?

-- Weth

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#1 posted 04-28-2011 02:08 AM

I’d get a thickness planer first. IMHO, drum sanders are an expensive indulgence.

-- Gene T

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#2 posted 04-28-2011 02:20 AM

I’d have to agree with PhineasWhipsnake, except that you can get a planer anytime for relatively cheap.

Getting a drum sander for under $500 is a great deal.

I use mine all the time.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 04-28-2011 02:35 AM

You can build your own for a lot less and to your own specs !
If you plan on using highly figured woods , forget the planer and go for a drum sander.
Not knowing what type of woodworking you want to do , makes it tough to recommend any tools for you.
I have 2 Ryobi WDS1600’s and also a Delta 1836X5 as well as 2 DeWalt planers.Each has its purpose in my shop.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 04-28-2011 05:38 AM

I plan on making fine heirloom quality furniture. I have started making fine boxed to hone my skils and get the shop set up. Once I do this I will be making the Popular Mechanics 100th Anniversary Bedroom Suite.

I know that I can get these items for 200 bucks. that is 10 cents on the dollar new.

I have been playing with my jointer and I cannot get the thickness exact without these drum sanders or a planer.


-- Weth

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#5 posted 04-28-2011 05:57 AM

Get a planer.

Buy this one:

or this one:

Where I am the guy’s price is too high, but I have the same planer
and it’s really a good one. They usually have 3hp or 5hp motors on
them. Worth wiring your shop for 240 to have a serious planer, imo.

The Woodmasters are good too. There are a couple available used
in your area, but the prices are high. Woodmaster machines can
double as a drum sander.

I have a 22/44 Performax radial arm saw mounted sander with
a conveyer. For making acoustic guitars, its’ a great tool to have,
but I can make furniture just fine and not miss it. It is a seriously
slow way to sand surfaces for furniture and cabinetry, not to mention
being jam-prone and a general PITA to mess with.

For part-to-part consistency a closed-end drum sander like the
kicks all kind of butt over the open-end type you’re looking at.

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#6 posted 04-28-2011 06:10 AM

Wow that is extremely helpful. I have heard mixed reviews on drum sanders. What I imagine is that they create chatter and changing the grit is impossible. I can see that tuning would be hard too. I think I can get the material I need thicknessed in other ways.

Thanks for the tip on the wood master. I think that is the machine for me. Moulding sanding and planing can’t be beat. Also the price is good too. I have two for sale close by.

BTW my shop is a 1 bay garage. Space is a premium.

-- Weth

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