Hand held drum sander?

Post any and all methods for doing things here, if you think you have a good method, that you don't see most builders using
OrangeQuest

Hand held drum sander?

Post by OrangeQuest » Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:20 am

Over the weekend I needed to sand the inside radius on my transom. I had nothing that would work even after going to HD looking at drum sanders stuff. No round sanding tools. So I took a hole saw and taped sand paper to it and did a fairly good job. This morning I looked on the web and found this.
2440

Seems easy enough to make a few in different sizes and maybe even put a handle on the end to get more pressure and better control.
What do you guys use?



User avatar
pee wee
Very Active Poster
Very Active Poster
Posts: 1692
Joined: Sun May 01, 2011 8:29 am
Location: Georgia

Re: Hand held drum sander?

Post by pee wee » Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:25 am

I like these, but a bit pricey for infrequent use: http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.a ... 00&p=45190

There's also an air powered version with a handle out the end that works really well, but it uses lots of air and costs a lot.

The nice thing about an inflatable drum is (counterintuitively) they sand with fewer dips and bumps than a hard drum.
Hank

terrulian
* Bateau Builder *
* Bateau Builder *
Posts: 2723
Joined: Sat Dec 07, 2013 11:29 am
Location: Marin County, CA
Contact:

Re: Hand held drum sander?

Post by terrulian » Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:16 am

I could never find anything that worked as well as hand sanding and hand sanding and hand sanding.
Tony
Image

Jaysen
* Bateau Builder *
* Bateau Builder *
Posts: 4247
Joined: Wed Aug 05, 2015 7:59 am
Location: St Helena Island, SC

Re: Hand held drum sander?

Post by Jaysen » Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:13 pm

terrulian wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:16 am
I could never find anything that worked as well as hand sanding and hand sanding and hand sanding.
Well... if you have kids and are heartless, I’ve found “get that done before dinner if you want to eat” to be effective. At least it was for my dad when I was much much younger.
Jaysen wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:44 pm
I tried to say something but God thought I was wrong and filled my mouth with saltwater. I kept my pie hole shut after that.

User avatar
pee wee
Very Active Poster
Very Active Poster
Posts: 1692
Joined: Sun May 01, 2011 8:29 am
Location: Georgia

Re: Hand held drum sander?

Post by pee wee » Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:25 pm

Jaysen wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:13 pm
terrulian wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:16 am
I could never find anything that worked as well as hand sanding and hand sanding and hand sanding.
Well... if you have kids and are heartless, I’ve found “get that done before dinner if you want to eat” to be effective. At least it was for my dad when I was much much younger.
Yeah, when we were growing up that was considered building character. These days you risk a visit from DFACS.
Hank

User avatar
Capt UB
* Bateau Builder *
* Bateau Builder *
Posts: 2860
Joined: Mon Jan 03, 2011 7:12 pm
Location: DeLand, Florida
Location: Central Florida USA

Re: Hand held drum sander?

Post by Capt UB » Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:09 pm

Making one for the tool box this weekend. Thanks.
><((((º>¸.•´¯`•><((((º> ¸.•´¯`•.¸¸><((((º> ¸.•´¯`•.><((((º>

OrangeQuest

Re: Hand held drum sander?

Post by OrangeQuest » Fri Feb 09, 2018 6:06 am

I was thinking that I was pretty much done with inside radius sanding but my plans are to put a number of hatches in the deck and frames. There maybe more than I thought. Dremel makes a small drum sander that uses a rubber bushing that expands when you tighten a screw sown, maybe I can make some like that to use the replacement sanding tubes you can get for a table sander? If it works maybe a patent coming soon! :)

terrulian
* Bateau Builder *
* Bateau Builder *
Posts: 2723
Joined: Sat Dec 07, 2013 11:29 am
Location: Marin County, CA
Contact:

Re: Hand held drum sander?

Post by terrulian » Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:49 am

Let us know. I tried a Dremel, which other builders have had success with, but in my hands it did more harm than good. :roll:
Tony
Image

User avatar
pee wee
Very Active Poster
Very Active Poster
Posts: 1692
Joined: Sun May 01, 2011 8:29 am
Location: Georgia

Re: Hand held drum sander?

Post by pee wee » Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:37 pm

If the diameter isn't exactly a match it can cause problems- it's hard to do a smooth job when the drum is too small, and too large obviously doesn't work well. The nice thing about the flexible drums- and inflatable is more flexible- is it will smush in there to match what you've got. Smush is a technical term, btw, meaning "shape shift".
Hank

OrangeQuest

Re: Hand held drum sander?

Post by OrangeQuest » Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:11 pm

Pee wee I understand what you are saying about the size match the size of the curve.

After getting to work and toying with a few ideas, I think the best would be to cut stacks of disks with a circle cutting, glued together. Drill the bolt that holds one end of the sand paper and go to town. Wouldn't take to many pieces of 1/2" plywood and regular wood glue to hold them together. Make a few different sizes and use sheet sand paper.

For a handle on the end I was thinking inline skate wheels. Very good bearings and just need to jam nut it to the end. I will make one over the next few weeks and post pictures.

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest