A stationary drum sander is a helpful tool for smoothing and producing wood of uniform thickness; it can flatten wood from thin strips to larger panels. When flattening brittle wood or end grain, a planer simply will not work. A drum sander is a less aggressive tool that will yield a better result in these situations. With the price and size of commercial drum sanders being impractical for me, I decided to make my own utilizing power from my lathe. This instructable doesn't go into depth on measurements because everything will be custom made for your lathe.
Enjoy convenience, durability and high-utility with the handy assortment of AO emory cloth micro mesh sandpaper rolls. You'll have exactly what you need for all stages of your woodturning sanding jobs. You can custom cut each mesh sandpaper strip - thus preventing any unnecessary paper waste. Sand and polish your way to perfection, project after project.
One of the first things I did after I got my Powermatic was to build an extension for the bed so I could push the tailstock out onto the extension to get it out of the way. I made it This piece is bolted to the tailstock end of the lathe.