The drum sander on my drill press works great for sanding curves but it produces lots of dust. So to collect the dust, I slip the hose from my shop vacuum into a bracket attached to the column of the drill press, as shown in the photo. Besides keeping the hose steady during use, the bracket is easy to adjust. This way, you can put the end of the hose right where you need it.
Occasionally, I will need to sand a small wooden part on a drum or disk sander. But holding onto small parts can be a challenge. A pair of pliers could do the job, but I wanted something with a softer grip. So I came up with the small parts clamp shown in the photo.
Mounting a drum sander on a drill press is a great way to sand the edge of a curved workpiece. But it produces very fine sawdust that is unhealthy to breathe -- and a nuisance. So to cut down on the sawdust, I built an auxiliary drum sander table that works with my shop vacuum.
The down-loaded plan was for a floor model drum sander. However, since floor space is at a premium in my shop. I opted for a table top model as you will see, that will fit an existing mobile base that performs double duty for my new drum sander and router table.
Make this simple, yet elegant base in an evening, and then add an inexpensive globe, a little water and vinegar, and your favorite blossom to create a stunning accent piece. Though the rings of this eye-catching base look like they are turned, surprisingly you make them using a bandsaw, scrollsaw, and drum sander. Included in the plan is a source for the globe and stopper. The base measures 7-3/4 inches in diameter.
A sanding drum makes quick work of smoothing an edge profile rough-cut with a jig saw. You might think you need a drill press or spindle sander to keep the sanded edges square to the surface, but a corded electric drill, shop scraps, a few dollars worth of hardware, and a set of inexpensive sanding drums will do the trick too.
A pneumatic drum sander does a great job of smoothing and shaping all kinds of curved work. My shop-made sander works just like expensive commercial models, but requires only a few dollars worth of materials.
Sand perfect round-end cutouts on your drill press or spindle sander. When forming cutouts like those used in handle pulls, the cutout edges must be sanded. To get consistent results, here is a simple guide you can make in a hurry. You can make one to fit any size sanding drum.
This vintage woodworkers magazine features the following projects (view the Larger Image Slideshow for pictures); Wood Locomotive, Slant Top Writing Desk, Silver Chest, Block Puzzle, Mirror Box and Wall Organizer. Articles discuss curved bandsaw fences, Viking furniture, drum sanders and drawer construction.
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