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The Down to Earth Woodworker
By Steven D. Johnson
Racine, Wisconsin

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New SuperMax Drum Sander Folding Infeed and Outfeed Tables Tool Review

Figure 2 - Infeed and Outfeed tables extended
in "working" position
When I purchased the SuperMax 19-38 Drum Sander, I ordered the optional Infeed and Outfeed Extension Tables… you need them, and want them. But a mere few weeks later, SuperMax came out with a "folding" version of the extension tables, and I ordered them. You see, being able to fold the extension tables makes the overall front (feed side) to back (outfeed side) dimension of the SuperMax Sander approximately 24-inches smaller. Twenty-four inches may not seem like much, but in a small shop, it makes a difference. Note in Figures 2 and 3 the more compact footprint and how I store my drum sander under the stairs in my shop in Figure 4.

Figure 3 - Infeed and Outfeed tables folded in
"storage" position attempts!
Assembly of the folding extension tables is easy, but be forewarned, you will need a couple of tools that might not be in every woodworker's tool chest. To attach the folding arm assemblies, you will need a 5/16" Allen (hex) key with one arm at least 5 or 6-inches long. To adjust the level of the tables, a 3mm Allen key is needed. In addition, you will need a 7/16" socket with extension to assemble the tables to the folding arms. If you are replacing the conventional non-folding tables, you will need a 9/16" socket with extension to remove the old extension table brackets.

Leveling the extension tables to the drum sander's conveyor is easier with the new folding tables. On the original non-folding tables, the only adjustment was slotted holes where the tables attach to the support arms. On the new folding tables, this "coarse" adjustment is still available, but set screws (this is where you need the 3mm Allen key) through the attachment bracket now allow additional tiny adjustments to be made easily.

Figure 4 - When the SuperMax is stored and the tables
are folded, I save the equivalent of approximately
4 square feet in my shop.
The folding mechanism is simple and easy to use. It takes only seconds to raise the tables to their working position and seconds to fold them back into storage position. And even though the tables can now fold out of the way, they seem no less sturdy than the original fixed tables. Highly recommended.

If you are interested in the SuperMax Drum Sander, you may want to check out the original video review I did and the unboxing and assembly video. As I have said so many times before, a drum sander may seem like a "luxury" to many woodworkers, but after you get one, you will wonder, "How did I ever live without this?"

As long as you are visiting the Highland Woodworking YouTube channel, please check out this month's video. The "Under The Table Saw Infeed Outfeed Storage Cabinet" project is almost complete now with the addition of the tabletop height adjustment system. Stay safe and see you next month!

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Steven Johnson is retired from an almost 30-year career selling medical equipment and supplies, and now enjoys improving his shop, his skills, and his designs on a full time basis (although he says home improvement projects and furniture building have been hobbies for most of his adult life). Steven can be reached directly via email at sjohnson@downtoearthwoodworking.com


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