August 16, 2014 at 12:25 pm #174961
Not sure if this should go in woodworking thread or here, but I was curious what people thought of some of the various machine sanders available – do you guys consider them more of a specialty machine or are they an essential in the shop? Of course, the type of work you do determines a lot, but for general woodworking (and perhaps more specifically, furniture).
Heard really good things about this drum sander… If only money and space were limitless 🙂
John SAugust 16, 2014 at 4:40 pm #175019thedude306ModeratorFoam Lake, SK
You’ve got the money, you just need the space.
We have a wood shop that charges VERY reasonable for use of their drum sander. They can do a 54″ table top for $25.
I always have the hankering for that rigid spindle/belt combo unit. Not often needed but for inside corners I don’t know what else you would use. Even on my table saw sleds, I wish I had it instead of running the edge of the ROS over the inside curves.
I had a spindle insert for my old drill press but I won’t use one on my new press. I don’t think the side load of using a sanding spindle is good for the press that was designed for downward pressure.
Self employed Pro since 2014!!August 16, 2014 at 9:13 pm #175086RonWModeratorHolladay, Tn
Have a 37″ drum sander at the cabinet shop I worked at. It’s a must have for building doors or wood tops. Also had a 120 x 6″ belt edge sander which was nice for straightening up edges before glueing.
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Member since March 26, 2014.August 16, 2014 at 9:51 pm #175113
I have a Powermatic 25″ Dual Drum sander. It is great for flattening face frames, panels, surfacing highly figured wood,and other flattening chores. It would be great to have a 37″ model like RonW has. That extra foot is very nice but not essential. Also have a 6″ x 89″ belt sander by Jet and a couple of small benchtop models including a spindle sander. Each one has its uses and solves a sanding need. To answer you question John, these sanders are very useful for making furniture.August 17, 2014 at 5:47 am #175206theamcguyProFayetteville, NC
Don’t do a lot of furniture or cabinet work but for metal work and belt/disc sander comes in handy.
(and also the World's Fastest Poster)August 17, 2014 at 5:49 am #175207NJBuilderProBrick, NJ, 500,000 HAM
It would be nice to have but I don’t have any.August 17, 2014 at 12:01 pm #175311AnonymousInactive
Did ya wear yerself out sanding those Cornholes LOL? I like any kind of power sander and these would be really nice to have. I’m still planning on making a spindle sander out of my little bench top drill press, I’ve already turned the entire head upside down on the mast. I used to use it for spinning bowling balls. So the next step is to put the table above the head and I’ll have itAugust 17, 2014 at 8:51 pm #175474
Did ya wear yerself out sanding those Cornholes LOL?
haha oh yeah, it was pretty rigorous 😉
I am always intrigued by the different machines some guys find as necessary for their shop vs. others (even within the same line of work). Sounds like I should be looking for a way to have space for a drum, belt, and oscillating sander 🙂
John SAugust 17, 2014 at 9:11 pm #firstname.lastname@example.orgModeratorOwatonna, MN - Minnesota
I have a jet 16 / 32 that I really like. I was surprised how well the overlap matches when sanding something over 16 “August 17, 2014 at 9:25 pm #175498
Sounds like I should be looking for a way to have space for a drum, belt, and oscillating sander
The advice I got from a friend in the furniture refinishing/making business was to get a drum sander if I could afford one. I wouldn’t regret the decision and I haven’t. It is the most expensive acquisition of the sanders but it is amongst the most used.August 18, 2014 at 11:35 am #175715
The advice I got from a friend in the furniture refinishing/making business was to get a drum sander if I could afford one.
Ah, the list of tools to buy continues to grow :\ I think I am still going to hold off on larger machinery until I settle down into a different place (preferably buy a house in next few years) and can deal with having a larger shop area / at least not be in a really tough basement to get things down the stairs
John SAugust 18, 2014 at 11:42 am #175719
No way would you even want to get something like that down stairs. Especially if there was a turn in the staircase. Way too heavy! Probably the same applies to all kinds of shop equipment. Find a place where you can use the garage as your shop. Carrying stuff up and down stairs is a real bummer especially as you age.August 18, 2014 at 11:59 am #175728
Especially if there was a turn in the staircase.
This is my reality unfortunately, hence why I am always about being mobile and small for the future (for now). There probably aren’t any smaller models of these sanders worth buying now, are there? Some of the oscillating sanders don’t look too huge, but still, my shop is already quite cramped
John SAugust 18, 2014 at 12:15 pm #175740SprokitzProEastern shore of, Pa
@supimeister I have the small Ryobi OSS. I don’t use it daily and I doubt it would tolerate daily use, but it does what it’s supposed to when I need itAugust 18, 2014 at 8:06 pm #175848
Some of the oscillating sanders don’t look too huge, but still, my shop is already quite cramped
Checkout the Rigid benchtop sander – it is both a belt sander and a spindle sander. I think it would work well for you with the limited space. It is easy on the budget too. Brad was talking about one of these too. It was one of the first purchases I made when I started my shop.August 19, 2014 at 9:22 am #176089
Oh wow that does look like a really good option for something to start out with. Especially considering its size. It would at least give me a better idea of what to expect from that sort of machine before jumping off the deep end
John SAugust 19, 2014 at 9:26 am #176092thedude306ModeratorFoam Lake, SK
It does look like a nice little machine. I have been trying to catch it on sale. Gets decent reviews. Some units are supposed to vibrate more then others.
Self employed Pro since 2014!!August 19, 2014 at 2:58 pm #176158LakeloverProFort Qu'Appelle, SK
I would like a drum sander for real thin solid wood pieces.
A luthier I visited had a home made one and it would handle 1/8 inch stock. Hand fed.December 31, 2014 at 9:40 am #244801crotaluscoProwest bend, wi
personally sanding is my most hated task of woodworking so having all the sander options available makes things easierDecember 31, 2014 at 4:27 pm #245008stakerPro
I would like to have a 25″ belt sander someday.
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