A powered drum sander (or thickness sander) might seem a bit of a luxury when contemplating the prices of newly manufactured units. However, given that the cost of building one yourself will be substantially lower, it's a project well worth considering. See these videos for some ideas:
Homemade 18" Drum Sander by thewoodworker01
V-Drum Sander Build by Paul Pomerleau
Cheap!!! "HomeMade Drum Sander" With feeder. by Wooden Tool Man
My homemade 29" drum sander by sreza13
Holesaw drum-sander by pocket83
Homemade Drum/ Thickness Sander by Simon Heslop
im a newbie to the site but not woodworking. a drum sander is something ive been wanting for quite afew years. himmed and hawed a few years ago about building one and talked myself out of it,mainly thinkin it was over my expertese. my nephew called me out on it last week." what are you letting stop you? if ya make a mistake, ya just figure out how to do it the right way, just like every other time."
ive got parts for the drum comin in this week. got some people lookin for a treadmill for parts for the feed system. got a friend with a 1 1/2 hp motor to use. picked up some hard maple lumber yesterday for various parts. and off for acouple sheets of plywood tomorrow. ill take pucs and do a build thread soon
welp, i managed to get the drum and frame assembly done. waiting on a 1 1/2 hp moto which i have a friend contacting a mechanical pack rat he knows to see what he has. im going to do a manual feed table until the parts for auto feed pop up. hopefully i can get pictures soon.
oh, its going to be a 23" sander.
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