sander tool


This is a very simple sanding tool to make. This type of tool is very hard to find if you try to buy it. This is a replacement to drum sanders but easier to replace the sandpaper and also leaving a nice surface finish in corners and edges of any project.

Parts Used :

  • 3/8” Stud (6” length)
  • 2 Nos. nuts
  • 2 Nos. bearings
  • Scrap plywood 18mm thickness
  • Sandpaper
  • Glue

How to make :

Step 1 :- Cutting of parts

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This build is easy and perfect for a beginner because I used cheap and readily available materials and also simple techniques, but it can be very useful tool for everyone.

First of all you’ll need some wood. I have used some scraps of 18mm thick plywood I had laying around. But I believe the kind of wood is not crucial, nor is its thickness.

Then you will need a steel rod or something else to allow you to chuck this sanding tool into your drill. I have used 3/8” half threaded stud, you can use a stiffer rod, or a long bolt, or anything else that can suit the purpose.


Then after, cut the round shaped plywood pieces by using of hole saw. I have used 5 Nos. round shaped plywood pieces of 1” diameter to make this sanding tool.

Step 2 :- Assembly of parts


When you get this done, start gluing all the plywood pieces together using glue. Spread some on both sides and then join the pieces in the stud, until you reach the height you want. Then let the glue dry. Be careful not to use too much force when clamping, or you’ll squeeze out too much glue, getting a weaker bond.


After the glue dry, I just chucked it into the drill press and sanded it with 60 grit sandpaper and a sanding block.

Step 3 :- Attach sanding paper


Now we have to attach our sandpaper on this drum. Anyway I think it’s better to take one more precaution to prevent sandpaper from slipping when drums rotate. With the help of a square, trace a line from top to bottom of your drums, trying to make it as vertical as you can. Clamp drums in a vise then, using a hacksaw make a narrow cut along that line. I have used table saw machine to make a narrow cut along that line.


Now the next step is to cut a strip of sandpaper wide enough to cover your drum, and long enough to wrap it completely and overlap a few millimetres.


Step 4 :- Ready to use


At this point we’re almost done. Attach the nuts and bearings on the one side of the drum. Nuts are tighten by using of fix spanners.

Now the sanding tool is ready to use. I just chucked it in to the drill and start drill machine.

This sanding tool is used on both wood and metal.


Take a wooden work piece and start your drill machine. Simply rub the sander tool on the surface of the wood and you should see the result. Keep changing the sandpaper after it wears off.

Applications :

  • Wood Polishing
  • Metal Polishing
  • Rust Removal
  • Tool Sharpening

I hope you found this tutorial useful. If you have any question, please leave a comment. Be safe around your shop and have fun!


For better understanding, watch the video given below.

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