Introduction: DIY Dremel Sanding Bands

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If you're like me, & you love your dremel... And you probably love how easy it is to do detailed sanding when needed....

If you're like me, & you love your dremel, but hate to have to run out to the hardware store in the middle of a project to restock on Dremel Sanding Bands..... Then read on, as I've found a DIY solution to restocking your sanding band needs.

Step 1: Supplies Needed

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  • Sanding Paper, any grit will work, (60, 80, 120, 220, 600, 800, 1000, 1500, etc.){Note 1000+grit sandpaper you can find at local auto supply stores}
  • Scissors (Heavy Duty if cutting 60 or 80 grit)
  • Dremel Sanding Band attachment
  • Dremel Torque Wrench
  • Super Glue (I used Dollar Store variety)
  • Marker

Step 2: Cut Your Sand Paper Into Strips

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Use the Dremel Sanding Band attachment as a guide

Cut strips about 5 inches long

After cutting, taper the edges on one side of sand paper strips

Step 3: Roll & Glue

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Roll the sand paper over the sanding band.

Allow over lap, then add small amount of glue to sand paper in center.

Roll remaining sand paper around sanding band, adding small amounts of super glue every 1/2inch or so.

{Note: Add super glue sparingly, avoid gluing sand paper directly to sanding band.}

Once you've glued down remaining end, press the sanding band against a hard surface(work bench) for 20 to 30 seconds allowing super glue to bond to sand paper.

Step 4: Enjoy New Replacement for Sanding Band

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To remove sanding paper band after glued, use same method to remove store bought sanding bands...

Enjoy, and try experimenting with different sanding grits...


seamster (author)2014-09-01

Nice trick, thanks for sharing!

furtech (author)2017-07-08


Why didn't I think of doing this?!? I was looking for xxfine sanding drums (400, 600, 1200 grit drums) for my Dremel and the best I could find was I can make my own whatever-grit drums!!!

So simple, so effective! Thanks again!

ertugk made it! (author)2016-10-22

thanks a lot, you made my day. just the another idea, i have done with rubber band instead of glue. no more glued finger :)

AMRANE77 (author)2015-11-16

thank you for this

Tamitknits (author)2015-08-14

Thanks for the tip. You saved my project. Just a tip though. I had sandpaper for my orbital sander. The new ones I just bought have adhesive on them. I didn't want it sticking to the drum so I folded the paper back on one end just to where it overlaps. I also made sure to go in the direction of the spin. It's working great.

buck2217 (author)2015-06-24

Good idea. the drums are a ridiculous price

Chetpot (author)2015-03-22

Very cool and a great $$$ saver too!!!

fredellarby (author)2015-01-26

Great idea, now I just need to get the $^&* thing unglued from my fingers. I hate this glue!

Mihsin (author)2014-10-04

Great help to produce large size bands for bigger electric drills.

Best regards

tdc2202 (author)2014-09-09

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I have a hard time removing my sanding strip from the drum - is there a secret tip I need to do it easily? Great "ible" BTW! :)

pgupta31 (author)tdc22022014-09-15

just remove the screw from mandrel and it will come out replace and put back screw.

ElectricLegend (author)tdc22022014-09-10

@tdc2202, thanks for the support, for removing the drum, i just used the flat side of a small screwdriver....pushing the drum out one side... hope that helps... E:L

b1tbang3r (author)2014-09-09

Great idea, especially for those little scraps of sand paper you end up with at the end of a project.

antagonizer (author)2014-09-08

Great instructable. I can't express how much money I've saved by making my own bands. Now, this may be a given, but an important addendum would be to install it with the tab facing opposite to the direction of the tools rotation. I've had them turn into nasty little painful projectiles, while using them at high speeds after forgetting that bit.

zippetydooda (author)2014-09-06

Good Instructable, thanks! I have done somewhat the same to make finer grit (like 400, 600) drums for fine finishing work when making knives.

theNightwalker247 (author)2014-09-03

Thanks so much for sharing.

Vyger thats a great idea I will defenetly give it a try.(today) :D

Raitis (author)2014-09-02

Any experience with disintegration of these while sanding? I had that issue with sanding drums from some cheap Chinese kit and since then have my doubts about methods like these and non-genuine Dremel sanding drums.

Mugsy Knuckles (author)Raitis2014-09-02

You prefer tools assembled in Mexico by a company owned by the Germans?
Because Bosch bought dremel, and they manufacture in Mexico. This anti-Chinese thing is starting to sound pretty racist. If you think the Chinese, all billion of them, are somehow incapable of making anything that's good, then I expect you asked someone to post that for you since you aren't getting on the internet with non-Chinese computer parts.

Raitis (author)Mugsy Knuckles2014-09-02

I might have stepped on some sore spot for you here, but in no way did I intend to discredit Chinese manufacture in general, since I buy quite a lot of things from there as well. I just have experienced some issues before with certain drums which I addressed in question and which were understood and answered by the author pretty convincing to go and take a risk of taking some sandpaper to the face again (or hopefully not).

Phogat, AliExpress has saved me a lot already. I was buying that kit for grinding stones and cutting disks anyway, so no big deal about the sanding drums I rarely ever use, but yeah, you get what you pay for.

ElectricLegend (author)Raitis2014-09-02

@Raitis.... When I first started experimenting, I had some frustrating moments with disintegration of sanding bands..... After trial n error, I noticed a better performance when I increased the length in the strips. Having 5+inchs, allows you to increase the number of glue bonding points, which increasing the durability of these DIY sanding bands. Having the strips cut too short and you increase the chances of disintegration at 20,000 rpm...... {Eye Protection Precaution: Flying Sanding Paper hurts.... Protect your peepers...(0-0)....} Live n Learn, E:L

Phoghat (author)Raitis2014-09-02

Not all Chinese kits are shoddy. As in all things, you get what you pay for. Try

Todd2255 (author)2014-09-02


i do like the idea of using cloth backed belts as per VYGER suggestion

thank you for the share

Vyger (author)2014-09-02

A better sand paper to use might be that from a belt sander. It is cloth backed and more durable. Often belt sanding belts come apart at the seam. I always save these and use them for other things. For example you can cut a strip and use it to sand a round piece of wood. If the belt is not to thick it might work good for little drums. My sanding drums usually come apart at the seams also before they wear out. I wounder if you could sand down the underside and feather the edge that is getting glued down. That would make the edge less noticable.

ElectricLegend (author)Vyger2014-09-02

@Vyger, Thanks for the tip, I do have a few old belt sander rolls, I'll give it a go and report back. E:L

johnstat000 (author)2014-09-01

Would Gorilla Glue work?

@johnstat000 My experience with Gorilla Glue in this application was more frustrating then I care to remember at the moment...(painful it was)... compared to using "regular" super glue the bonding time was much longer[superglue bonded in seconds, gorilla glue bonded in minutes]; i noticed also, the applicator on the super glue container was easier for me to use(i have larger fingers) as opposed to the other. Give it a go if that's all you have available, just allow for longer bonding time with the glue. A good technique to follow is after applying glue, before bonding materials, allow the glue to sit, 10-15 seconds before bonding... This allows the glue to become tacky and adhere better when bonding, also remember to apply good amount of pressure to the bond area once bonded. Good Luck! Let us know if it works better for you... Thanks, E:L

Phoghat (author)ElectricLegend2014-09-02

problem with Gorilla Glue is that it expands as it dries.Good for somethings, but not others

ElectricLegend (author)Phoghat2014-09-02

@Phoghat ..... Yea I gave up on the gorilla glue early on, for me, it was to much hassle to wait around for the glue to bond..... super glue is much faster, and gets the job done. E:L

Ultra-Indigo (author)2014-09-01

Awesome! I bought super glue and sand paper at the dollar store just a couple of hours ago for a slightly different project but this could make things easier.
Why is sandpaper so expensive at the big stores?

ardnon (author)2014-09-01

Great idea, way cheaper than store bought. My thought on the "uneven issue" is to only slightly taper the cut piece and then cut the paper just short of 2 full wraps so that the uneven part is only small section, if that makes sense.

deonlouw (author)2014-09-01

Well you have answered your question. I would suggest that you rap a good quality paper around the sanding arber. Then you can cut your sanding paper in a spiral and glue that onto the paper. Much like the origenal. This will give you an even service.

ElectricLegend (author)deonlouw2014-09-01

Thanks for the advice, I've been relatively happy with the outcome of these replacements. Perhaps I'm doing things the hard way, wouldn't be the first or last time I mucked something up. Always room for improvement, if your willing to share your technique with us, I'll give it a go. Thanks, E:L

deonlouw (author)2014-09-01

I will not do it the way you did. I'm a bit worried about the uneven section. You will not be able to sand a delegate project with this type of sanding wheel.

lostatsea3698 (author)deonlouw2014-09-01

I'm sorry Deon, but why do you assume you cannot do absolute quality work with this method? I have done this method (in a pinch, but LOVE the forward thinking of making many in advance) and have turned out BEAUTIFUL work. If you don't like the idea of using these because of the 'uneven' section- 1st: make sure you roll with the rotation 2nd: if it's THAT big a deal then only use these for the more coarse abrasives and use your preference for the more fine finishing. However, to each their own my friend...!

I think this is EXACTLY what the instructables site is for- at least for most of my uses- and FANTASTIC job covering ALL parts with great explanation and pictures!

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