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

  • 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

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

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

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

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

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ElectricLegendbuck2217

Reply 6 months ago

yes, yes they are....but thankful, those days are behind us now!

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Tamitknits

3 years ago

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.

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furtech

1 year ago

THANK YOU!

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 320...now I can make my own whatever-grit drums!!!

So simple, so effective! Thanks again!

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ElectricLegendfurtech

Reply 6 months ago

;) ... whole new world when you make your own drums!

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JillA27

7 months ago

I could hug you right now!!! Thank you! :)

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waddddellll

6 months ago on Introduction

Hi,

I actually registered on Instructables just the say "Thanks" for the tip....No Luck in finding commercially available 600-2000 Grit sanding drums for finishing Cast Sterling Jewelry...the commercially available Drums left nasty gouges, and this will address that issue for me.

I certainly appreciate the time and effort involved by you in posting this.

Thanks Again...

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ElectricLegendwaddddellll

Reply 6 months ago

Happy to hear you found this helpful, it's been a $$$ saver for sure.

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fredellarby

3 years ago on Introduction

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

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Mihsin

4 years ago on Introduction

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

Best regards

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tdc2202

4 years ago on Introduction

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! :)

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pgupta31tdc2202

Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

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

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ElectricLegendtdc2202

Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

@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