Drum Sander Vs Planer — Buying Considerations

Drum Sander Vs Planer — Buying Considerations

Spending a huge amount of time on a job to the point of near exhaustion is certainly not a good thing.

This is where a drum sander comes in. A drum sander will help you get the job done quickly with less effort.

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When compared with a planer, I would say that a drum sander with a separate motor is better because the feeding belt can alter the speed and burn the restriction. There is no need for a mask or gloves.

Consider the many models available in the market and determine what will match the functionality to your lifestyle.

Here are the main things to consider when buying a drum sander:


The quality is unquestionably important.

Buy a unit with reliable quality from reputable suppliers. Low-quality sanders may malfunction at any time and cause accidents.


With the quality also comes the durability.

A durable unit may seem more expensive than the other, but in the long run, it can save you a lot of money. Test the unit and ask about maintenance.


The stage is the part lying on the lower area of ​​the tool. A drum sander can have a plate that is as wide as the sanding belt or that is one inch wider. Check the width of the sander roller you want to buy.


It is important to establish the correct speed according to the softness of the wood. Most drum sanders today have variable speeds.

Dust Bag

A dust bag collects dust residue while you work. It keeps the work area clean and prevents dust from getting in your eyes.

There is no guarantee that a drum sander will come with a good dust bag, so you should make sure to check this.


Drum sanders can produce noise that can distract neighbors and can be harmful to your ears.

Ask for the volume in decibels of the model you want to buy. 95 decibels is enough for personal use in the home.


Excessive vibration during operation will leave blabber marks on the stock part. It has also been shown that too much vibration over time can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.

Generally, a lighter drum sander produces less vibration and blabber.

What is a planer?

Drum Sander Vs. Planer - Planer

A planer is a woodworking machine that is used to make flat surfaces and straight edges on boards.

Planers serve a similar function to the following tools: timbre, flat lid, jointer, assembler, or thickness planer (thicknesser), the last of which is used to create boards that have a constant thickness along its entire length and are flat on its upper surface.

Is it sensible to buy used planers?

The more a wood planer costs, the more the question of whether or not it’s new or used becomes a point of discussion. However, whether or not you should buy a used planer will depend on the specific model in question, it’s quality, and how much it has been used.

In the case of table-type brushes and smaller, lower-capacity floor models, its wear and tear is very likely to be insignificant, since these types of planing machines rarely endure constant use for years.

How do you evaluate the quality of used planers?

You do not need expert knowledge of planing machinery to accurately judge the quality of a planer.

Instead, you can follow a step-by-step process that is enough to judge the quality of most industrial woodworking machines.

The first step is to buy only with professional sellers of machines used to work the wood, which will have the ability to examine the machinery from the inside out to determine its value.

For more on planers, see this article.

21 Types Of Wood Joints

21 Types Of Wood Joints

Here are 21 different types of wood joints for your convenience. They are obviously good for woodworkers, but they can be a great inspiration for metalsmiths as well.

For a strong soldered joint, maximize the contact area.

I hope you find this helpful.

Why Your Porter Cable Saw Blade Won’t Raise

Why Your Porter Cable Saw Blade Won’t Raise

Before buying a blade for a radial arm saw table, circular saw table, or whatever else, there are few things that you should know about blade material.

If you’re wondering why your Porter Cable saw blade won’t raise, read on. Also provided is a brief buying guide.

Porter Cable Saw Blade Won't Raise

What You Need To Know

Firstly, you should know what kind of saw you are going to use your blade on and also what sort of product you are going to cut with that saw. If you are going to cut only one kind of material then customize the blades accordingly.

It would be beneficial to determine the number of teeth that a blade has because more teeth generally translates to a smoother cut; if the number of teeth is small, more material will be removed by the blade.

You should also check the space between the blade and the tooth.

If you’re thinking about moving away from saws altogether, it might be a good idea to look into CNC machines for your cutting needs. But lets move on to the issue of the saw blade not raising.

Why The Blade Won’t Raise

When you are working with a Porter Cable saw, what sometimes happens is the blade won’t raise.

This can happen when something gets stuck in the saw. Use compressed air and a small wire to check if anything is there. Using a wrench, try to rotate the shaft.

Also twist and then CW a little bit if possible. Always work carefully when you are working with a saw.

Turn the saw upside down to get to the adjustment mechanism. Porter Cable uses gears that are attached to worm gears and also with hand wheel to lower the blade. These gears are attached to the shafts.

Bevel gears can be the real cause of the problem if they get misaligned or broke; even retainers can get sheared or loose. The main reason why this problem occurs is because all of the dust and dirt that is built up.

This gets in the gear teeth causing it to get stuck by stopping its movement until it is cleaned sufficiently. This results in extra force or extra effort by an operator to work with it which can lead to mechanical failure.

There could be more possible reasons for the failure like a cracked handle that doesn’t allow turning of the rod. There may be too much dust in the blade height adjustment mechanism, or pins that hold the gears and shaft could be missing or stripped.


You should check the things discussed above to see if you can find the problem. If you’ve taken all these measures and are still having problems, I recommend contacting Porter Cable customer service.

Good luck!

3 Factors That Affect Wood Filler Drying Time

3 Factors That Affect Wood Filler Drying Time

To remove imperfections from wooden floors before advancing to finishing, application of wood filler is ideal.

If you’d like to bring out the grain in your wood, you can stain and varnish it; for more on that, go here.

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However, when applying wood filler, it is important to note the different drying times. This raises the question “how long does wood filler take to dry“?

The period taken for wood filler to dry generally depends on a number of factors detailed below:

1. The nature of the repair involved.

The period taken for wood filler to dry depends on the type of repair being carried out, whether shallow or deep repairs on the particular surface involved.

The approximate time taken by wood filler to dry in shallow repairs is around 15 minutes, while in situations where deep repairs are involved, the drying time ranges between 2-8 hours before sanding can be carried out.

2. The type of wood filler used.

Other than the nature of the repair involved, the type of wood filler used, whether oil-based or water-based, also affects drying times.

Generally, water-based wood filler doesn’t take as long to dry compared to oil-based wood filler.

3. The temperature and humidity.

External factors like temperature and humidity also affect the rate at which wood filler dries.

An increase in temperature normally results in a decrease in drying time (and vice versa) since drying tends to be good in warm conditions and poor in conditions with temperatures below 10 degrees. Humidity on the other hand affects the rate of drying by interfering with oxygen rates, thus making drying take a little longer.

Here’s a video that demonstrates wood putty application:

In cases where you require wood filler to dry faster, you have to consider the favorable conditions that would suit you such as low humidity, warm temperatures, shallow repairs, and and a water-based wood filler.

With the breakdown above, you can at least learn a thing or two about the factors that affect the drying times of wood filler.

While we’re on the topic of wood, you should check out my article on using a bandsaw to work with wood.

Best of luck with your project!

Applying Minwax Paste Finishing Wax Over Polyurethane

Applying Minwax Paste Finishing Wax Over Polyurethane

Want to have that floor finish bright and lustrous again?

The thing is, your flooring has probably been applied with a wax before. Can we apply it to the floor with a polyurethane finish?

The answer is yes! When you can see worn out scratches or marks on the floor that make it look dirty and unsightly, a good overlaying of another finishing wax would be best.

Hence, I introduce to you one of the best products to perform this task: Minwax Paste Finishing Wax.

Minwax Paste Finishing Wax Over Polyurethane

Minwax Paste Finishing Wax Function

Minwax Paste Finishing Wax over polyurethane works great as it adds luster to it and a fine new look.

If you are a newbie to this type of method, Minwax Paste has the ability to revive what was once worn without the tedious effort of removing the polyurethane layer.

Having that fresh luster in your house’s flooring can never be more satisfying with this product.

Steps To Take For Application

The steps would be as easy as applying it for the first time, or maybe even much simpler.

It might take some time actually, but seeing the fruit of your effort makes it totally worth it. The following steps can really help:

1. Clean Your Floor

If you don’t want any unwanted dirt, crumbs, particles or other matter showing through your finished product, you’d better clean up your floor first. You can use any standard method for cleaning your floor.

2. Apply The Wax

Use steel wool, a piece of cloth, or something similar. It all works. Steel wool may be more effective for penetration, but it can depend on how you apply it.

Don’t use too much or ridges may form in your application. Make it thin and smooth. The good thing is, the rubbing motion does not necessarily need to be parallel with the floor’s grain.

3. Let It Dry

Let it dry for 15 minutes at most.

4. Buff It

Buff your floors with either a floor buffer or lambswool buffing pad. It doesn’t take very long to do this.

5. Repeat Until Satisfied

Finally, let the finish dry up for another 6 to 8 hours. If the shine doesn’t suit your preferences, go through the same procedure again until you get the shine you’re looking for.

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This is how you can apply Minwax Paste Finishing Wax over a polyurethane coating. Enjoy your lustrous new floor, and consider moving on to larger DIY projects (see Carve Your Creation) with power tools such as framing nailers.