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Drill Press As Drum Sander


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If you put too much lateral pressure on the drill press collet over an extended period of time, you'll probably eff it up. If you go gently, and have a good drill to begin with, you're probably going to be fine.

If in doubt, get a separate cheap drill press and convert it to sanding duty, for cheaper than a dedicated drum sander. (of course, allllll depending on your needs and how often you use such things; after all, if it's your main tool, you might want an actual drum sander after all).

Greg

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Shouldn't be a problem unless the drill press is already weak, I wouldn't think. You could even make some sort of jig that holds the drum in place at the bottom, too, for extra stability.

Greg

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I haven't tried the rotary shaper, but I LOOOoooove Microplane's rasps. I think the shaper is probably a good investment. And with Lee Valley now carrying it, I can get it in Canada, which is (amazingly) unlike a sanding drum with follower. Haven't seen a "robo-sander" type bit EVER up here. And when I asked at Lee Valley about a year ago, they looked at me like I was a moron. Hah, joke's on them! Morons.

Greg

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