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How to power drum sander with electric drill

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David A. Moody29/07/2016 05:56:16
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My dad gave me his old drum sander, minus table, recently. I've built a new table for it, but I need to power it. I have little space, certainly no space for a permanent workshop, so everything that I'm making has to be portable and storable in a small storeroom. I've decided to follow the example of other people in similar situations to my own and power the sander with an electric drill that I have spare. The drum is mounted vertically, the belt pulley is at the top, so I've made a wooden pulley for the drill by clamping the drill to my table and using it like a mini lathe. The drill needs to be clamped vertically to the back of the drum sander. Has anyone done anything like this before? I would greatly appreciate suggestions for firmly mounting the drill. Thanks. David.

David A. Moody08/08/2016 03:38:37
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I apologise to the spelling mistake in the title, the first word should be 'how'

(Hi David, That's sorted for you. Robin thumbs up

Edited By Robin Buckland 3 on 09/08/2016 13:43:55

David A. Moody28/08/2016 02:14:31
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Hello, I've sorted the problem myself, just needed a more solid mounting that is adjustable and fitted with a pipe clamp to clamp onto the drill where there would normally be a handle. You can see the finished result here, including a video:

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