What is a Drum Sander?A drum sander is a large, powerful type of sander – perhaps one of the most powerful industrial-strength sanders you can get on the market. It uses a hollow roller with sandpaper-type sheets wrapped around it, attached to a rotary and a powerful engine that causes the roller to spin.
As an object goes through the roller, called a drum, the drum acts as a continuous buffer to an object surface until the selected wood piece emerges from the other side.
The object is trapped between the drum and the table until it becomes sanded down to your liking. The scale of the drum can be adjusted to suit a taller, shorter, thinner, or thicker wooden piece. Most drum sanders come with different rollers with various forms of sandpaper, which gradually become more coarse as you exchange them.
How to Use a Drum Sander
The first thing you want to do is make sure that the drum on your sander is tight. Adjust the screws and confirm that it isn’t going anywhere. Otherwise, the finish on your chosen object or floor could turn out disastrously. Always go in a straight line when maneuvering your sander.
When you feel you have to make a second pass over a surface, you should try and align it up with the first pass to maintain evenness. Never rush anything, or do the job recklessly. Make sure the contents inside look the same as when it first came from the factory.
Drum Sander Safety Tips
Never stand in the same alignment as the wooden piece you are sanding. Always protect your eyes from the dust created from the sander. In the case of standing models, you will want to be very careful and meticulous as you are sanding along a floor. Never rush the process, or you will botch the floor surface. In fact, never rush anything you feed into a drum sander, whether it is a floor or tabletop model for smaller wooden pieces.