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Drum-Sanding Table

A convenient station for cleaning up contours

This handy table helps you in three important ways. First, it has a dust-collection port for capturing fine dust before it becomes airborne. The table also accepts inserts that you size to tightly fit your sanding drums. That provides workpiece support and improves dust-collection efficiency. And, with storage areas for sanding drums and inserts, you'll always be organized.

To make the opening in the top for the inserts, first cut a 3-1/2"-square hole using a jigsaw. Then, use your router to form the 1/4" rabbet around the opening. Square the corners with a chisel, or leave them round and sand the corners of the inserts to fit the opening. We made our inserts from 1/4" melamine-coated polyboard, but any hardboard or plywood will do.

To use the table, install the applicable hardboard insert, and position the table so that the sanding drum is centered with the hole in the insert. Clamp the table in place, and adjust the drill-press table, if necessary, to square the sanding surface with the drill-press spindle. Attach the hose from your vacuum, and you're set to go.

Written by: Owen Duvall Illustration: Roxanne LeMoine; Lorna Johnson Photograph: Baldwin Photography

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Comments (1)
noddon wrote:

I receintly bought an inexpensive (ok, I know it was cheap. After 20 years in sales, I still can't use the word cheap) work bench drill press. Quireying a buddy of mine, who is a wood worker of great skill and vision, about using it as a drum sander, he said "No". He pointed out that it probably did not have roller bearings. Using it as a drum sander would crap it out quick. Whatcha think? Thanks, Don Adams

2/26/2010 02:04:54 PM Report Abuse

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