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Home Built Drum Sander Question

Anyone have one? Use one?

I’ve been thinking about building one. The only thing I’m wondering about is how accurate (flat) do they sand the piece? I would use it to sand segmented rings flat and also to sand thin pieces like veneers. Most of the home built ones I’ve seen on the net have the sand paper held to the drum with velcro (hook and loop), which I like due to the fact that it’s easy to change the paper, but can you get a good flat glue surface with the Velcro in between the paper and drum? Seems to me the Velcro would allow some give. An extreme example would be using a sponge as a sanding block.

Or am I over thinking it?
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I can't answer that. I glued my belts to mine. I would be afraid the velcro might have some give and would sand the edges slightly rounded. Can't say for sure however.
I built an adjustable wedge under the drum to set the thickness on my homebuilt version and had to push the wood through. that was kind of hard but it worked.
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There is a company out on the web somewhere that sells a drum and bearing set-up for about $235, you'd just need to add your own electric motor and set up the feeding table. It's a hook and loop system, but based on the description it wouldn't leave you any uneven surfaces, or I wouldn't think they would have much market. You can find the plans and a link to the company here: http://home.mchsi.com/~woodywrkng/DrumSander.html

I guess my question is would you want to put the effort and money into building your own versus paying $375 for a grizzly drum sander? A drum sander is definitely on my wish list for tools so let me know how you decide to go about this, I'm interested to see any cost advantages you find either way.

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Yea pushing the pieces through is how I planned on doing it also except using something to raise and lower the table to adjust for thickness.

I would rather glue the paper right to the drum also but was worried about how hard it would be to change out the paper once it was worn out. Dealing with the left over glue and all.

Well didn't think of it till now but I guess you just pull the paper off and clean up the drum with a sanding block. Usually happens, i can try to figure something out for a month and soon as I ask someone the answer pops in my head.

I do have another question though. Are they worth building? right now I'm using a sanding disc on the lathe and the drum sanders I've seen look soooo much easier.
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No, I have just about everything that it would take to build one laying around (extra TS motor, bearings, act). Probably the only thing i would need to buy is another pulley and a belt. and also the paper.

$375 from Grizzly? Hhhmmm, that may be a better option than trying to reinvent the wheel. I'll have to check it out. Thanks

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Well shoot. The $375 grizzly is only a 10". I'd like something I could at least get a 12" piece through.
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I found this article http://www.woodturningonline.com/ass...um_sander.html while browsing the internet on this subject, seems simple enough to build provided you could find the right materials.

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Thanks for sharing, I definitely like the feed tray idea on that one.
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check this out http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f27/t...-sander-27377/ I made a sander awhile back, read the thread and explore my photos.
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Different types of drum/belt sanders

here's one that sands from the bottom:
http://rjrstudios.com/

Here's one that sands from the top:
http://www.grizzly.com/products/12-B...m-Sander/G0459

Wide belt sanders:
http://www.grizzly.com/products/18-W...le-Phase/G0527

Edge sanders:
http://www.grizzly.com/products/6-x-...e-Sander/G1531

And finally a panel sander:
http://www.grizzly.com/products/Stroke-Sander/G5394

You probably could make any of the types except a wide belt... bill

Don't forget You Tube as a source of ideas:
http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...542l1.7.2l10l0


The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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