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jimbo2076

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Hi there! I make quite a lot of Kumiko panels (Japansese woodwork) and sometimes I need to clean them up and reduce the width of these panels to fit frames etc. Is a drum sander gentle enough to do this kind of work? I know a thicknesser would most likely destroy the piece so was wondering whether the sander would be a better fit.
 

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A nice wide drum sander or belt sander with a motorised infeed belt would be fine. You can fit different grit belts on and adjust how much you take off with each pass and the feed rate. If you are doing this as a business and have the flow through to justify the cost of one there is an excellent machine up for auction on the BPI woodwork tools auction just now
 

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I got very interested in Kumiko projects over lockdown and soon invested in a AXMINSTER TRADE AT406DS DRUM SANDER which has been used a lot. As you are looking for it is great for cleaning up or 'thicknessing' completed panels. I have also found it to be very helpful in preparing the kumiko strips to different thicknesses. These are anywhere between 2mm and 4mm thick which is a bit too thin to put through the drum sander on their own so I have an 18mm thick plywood sled that I use to do multiple strips at once. Preparation of Kumiko strips was the reason why I bought the drum sander but since then I have used it for many other operations as well. Currently I am making some boxes with Kumiko lids and the drum sander is great for final preparation of the 4mm thick bottoms in the boxes.
 

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Pictures please, I love the look of those. Never got around to making one.
It sounds like it should work but I would be slightly concerned about it flicking the edges when running accross the grain.

Ollie
 

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I have one of the Axminster ds635 or whatever it's called....

Im doing a lot of template routing and somtimes the wood moves a but between rough cutting the blanks and final routing. The drum sander is ideal for taking out that bit of movement when a thicknesser would just brutalise the parts.

People recommended I didn't buy a drum sander but I find it hugely useful.

Sure I'd have a wide belt if I had the space or the amps, but the drum sander is the poor man's alternative.
 

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I've owned a Axminster st480 for a number of years which is spot for what I do.
Some of the best drum sanders are made by Supermax (American). These are rebranded when sold in the UK. Mine is really a 19/38 Supermax. It's sanding width is 19inch, normal, but can sand up to 38inch but you have to turn your project round to sand the remaining bit. There's a little gadget on the side that raises the bed a fraction so that you do not have a noticable line down the wood (this is what can happen on some models)

It depends on what you want to do but the latest Supermax is marketed by Luguna. They do a 16/32. The features on this model have been upgraded and seem great - a quick riser and electronic depth gauge to name a few.

If I was looking for one today then Luguna would certainly be a prime candidate. Take a look at the videos. One supplier is Westcountrymachiery4wood.
 
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