Sanding Drums That use Standard Sandpaper

Hi Guys, 

Hope everyone had a nice CHRISTmas! Ours was fun, but went by too fast. One of our girls is living some 7,000 miles away in West Africa right now, but amazingly, via the magic of Skype and FaceTime, she was “with us” in real time while opening presents. The technology that can accomplish that just boggles my “vintage” mind! 

Anyway, one of the  cool gadgets my Lovely got for me, and that I’ve been wanting to try for a while now, is a pair of really nice sanding drums. I’ll use these primarily in the drill press, as they’re especially handy for sanding the edges of curved work. 

Sanding Drums

This drum style appeals to my frugal side because it uses cut pieces of standard sandpaper sheets instead of those expensive, “maybe they’ll fit” sleeves you have to buy for most drums. 

To use them with the drill press, I made a simple 3/4″ plywood box, open on two sides, that quickly clamps to the table. One side has a hole drilled out to 1-1/4″ to accommodate the 1″ drum. To use the 3″ size, the table is flipped over, and that side has a 3-1/4″ hole in it for the 3″ drum. Basically a poor man’s spindle sander, it looks like this setup will work very well for the occasional woodworking project I get into. 

These drums came from Lee Valley tools, although I’ve seen them on eBay, too. I’m surprised they’re not more popular. 

While we’re on the subject, when your sandpaper starts to get clogged with sawdust, a Buna rubber block like Grizzly’s $8 #W1306 (or an old sneaker sole) works well to clean it and keep going. 

Hope that’s helpful. Have a wonderful New Year! 

God bless you and yours in 2014, 


Amos 4:13


About Dave Harnish

I've been an appliance repair tech since 1972, with interests in most everything, including Bible study (I'm one of those KJV-only geezers), old Sunbeam Mixmasters, Maytag wringer washers, the outdoors, birds, hunting, metalworking, firewood cutting, and most anything going on outside on our mountain here in N. PA's 'Endless Mountains'.
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