Based on the rates charged by commercial shops, why bother?
Last time I used one it was $25 for first 15 minutes and $1/minute
You can get a slot of sanding done for $30.
Agreed on the cost aspect, Lew, but the convenience of having a small
drum sander in my shop is worth a few bucks, assuming I can cobble it
together for under $100. I've used a local yard and their prices are
quite reasonable, but they are 30 minutes away.
On Fri, 08 Jun 2012 20:35:16 -0500, Gramp's shop wrote:
A quick Google will turn up lots of plans. The cost appears to be $200
and up. I got curious enough to look at the plans for one at the low end
and it was manual feed with the sandpaper attached with velcro.
Considering all that, by the time the cost got to $300 or more I'd start
looking for a used one. I've got the Jet 10-20 and am happy with it.
See if you can find one used.
Intelligence is an experiment that failed - G. B. Shaw
That looks pretty interesting. Might be a fun little project, and useful too
(assuming it works). If anybody HAS built this thing I'd be interested in
hearing how it went and how well it works for you.
"Our beer goes through thousands of quality Czechs every day."
(From a Shiner Bock billboard I saw in Austin some years ago)
Wood Magazine also published plans for a drum sander. I've got the
special publication "Woodworking Tools You Can Make" that has a
reprint of the article and plans. I'll scan them if you need the
There's also a set of plans on this site:
On Sat, 09 Jun 2012 19:16:26 -0500, Steve Turner
I have a second copy of Fine Woodworking's _On Making and Modifying
Machines_ if anyone's interested. $10.98, including USA postage.
They have a really cool double 16" disk sander and several models of
thickness sanders/abrasive planers. Want to build a CNC radial arm
saw? (Radio Alarm Saw to you, Bill.)
Walking beam saw which can cut 12" beams and a 34-1/2" throat!
Lotsa cool stuff.
A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description
of a happy state in this world.
-- John Locke
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