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homemade drum sander
Sep 19th, 2009 at 11:08am
 
hey guys,

  i had a few people interested in the drum sander i made, so here a some details on it. the drum is a piece of three inch electrical conduit pipe, wrapped in 120grit from harborfreight. the bed is made from 1"3/8" thick solid core door slabs. i happen to work for a door company so these were scrap! they are very heavy, but also very flat and stable. the fronts are hinged together, and i have a 1" threaded rod (through an epoxied nut)for a hieght adjustment. on the bottom i cut a board to fit snuggly between the bed. on one side i used two 1/4" bolts through some t-nuts. this allowed me to make the bed parallel to the drum. on the bedway board i have installed some more of the t-nuts so that i can attach a bottom board under the bed to secure the whole thing in place. there is definately room for improvement, but this setup works great! and i have pretty much nothing invested in it. i'll break this up into two sections so i can uplaod all the pics, so be sure to look at the other one too. if i can answer any questions let me know.
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my drum sander pt2
Reply #1 - Sep 19th, 2009 at 11:09am
 
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Re: homemade drum sander
Reply #2 - Sep 19th, 2009 at 11:57am
 
Brain, you are an absolute lifesaver. What an awesome idea!!!!!!!!!! I have been putting off refacing our kitchen cabinets ( first reason they are not a spinney thingy) because she wants plain glued up panels for the doors and I couldnt:
1. Decide either drum sander or planer
2. Which brand
3. Which store or bank to rob to be able to buy one.

So I picked the drum sander and was unable to find one reasonable. Had come across some plans online but it looked to be a good sized project. Yours functions the same, you just used your head....Thank you so much for sharing! smilies=bowdown smilies=bowdown
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Reply #3 - Sep 19th, 2009 at 12:24pm
 
Nice I was planning on doing this when I finally get a lathe going in my shop, whats your thoughts on functionality? I have seen the drum made of trued up wood.
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Reply #4 - Sep 19th, 2009 at 12:53pm
 
Brian,
Thank you for taking the time to do this. Now I have another shop toy/tool to make.

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Reply #5 - Sep 19th, 2009 at 5:17pm
 
Excellent Brian. Thank you.

As you noticed I combined both posts into one thread.

With your permission I'd like to make a PDF out this and post it in TPT
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Reply #6 - Sep 19th, 2009 at 6:18pm
 
hey ron,
  absolutey! share this with anyone you like.
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Reply #7 - Sep 19th, 2009 at 6:25pm
 
nick asked about trued up wood for the drum. i have seen one long turned spindle drums, as well as several disks glued together and then trued up. i decided to use pipe out of laziness,lol! honestly that would be alot of work to make one out of wood, and i like the stability of metal. if i had my choice, i would have used a thicker walled tube. i haven't had any trouble out of it, but i always like to over build.
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Reply #8 - Sep 20th, 2009 at 7:11am
 
Dang, what a good idea!  I have very limited space, me likey!

What did you use on the tailstock end?
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Reply #9 - Sep 20th, 2009 at 9:35am
 
i should add this to the pdf. on my live center(yours may be different) it has threads to add extra accesories, like cones. so i drilled a scrap piece of wood with a 5/8" bit and threaded it on to the live center. on the live center there is a hole that goes though it. this allows you to stick a small bar through to prevent the center from turning and letting you tighten your accesories on. what i did what find an allen wrench that fit in very tightly and wedged it in there, then i put the live center in my head stock and turned a tapered cone shape that fit the end of the pipe. afterwards i put the live center back in the tailstock, i removed the allen wrench and the center could spin freely again. this works great, but it ties up my live center. so what i am fixing to do ir get a nut that matches the thread pattern of the live center, and epoxy it in some more scrap and turn another one. that way i can remove it, and not have to worry about the wooden threads wearing out or not spinning true. here is a pic of one similar to mine so you can get an idea of it. and if yours doesn't have the external threads, you can always buy a replacement one that does. they are very handy.
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Reply #10 - Sep 20th, 2009 at 5:43pm
 
Very good idea.  If I didn't already have a DS, I'd probably make this jig.
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Reply #11 - Mar 27th, 2013 at 6:22pm
 
Do you feed the blanks from the back?
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Reply #12 - Mar 27th, 2013 at 7:08pm
 
Ok, where are the pics?
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Reply #13 - Mar 27th, 2013 at 7:23pm
 
Scott Wheeler wrote on Mar 27th, 2013 at 7:08pm:
Ok, where are the pics?

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Reply #14 - Mar 27th, 2013 at 8:28pm
 
Uh dudes look at the original posting dates... back in 2009.  If you look in the TPT section you'll find the pdf Ron said he would post of the sander.   Wink

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