Make Your Own Dremel Tool Sanding Drums

Make Your Own Dremel Tool Sanding Drums

We’ve covered DIY Dremel bits before. It’s easier than you might think to make some of the bits used with Dremel and other rotary tools.

In this video, Steve from The Small Workshop, shows you how he creates his own sanding drum bits using dowel stock and cut strips of whatever grade and grit paper (and drum diameter) he chooses.

YouTube player

We’ve seen other methods that involve creating tube-type sanding drums that can fit on a traditional rotary tool mandrel. Here, Steve simply glues the sandpaper to dowels of desired diameters and then creates a custom mandrel that screws into the center of the dowels.

Making your own drum bits this ways is probably not cheaper than buying commercial sanding drums (which aren’t all that expensive), but this method is easy, quick, and it gives you a world of options in terms of the sandpaper used and drum diameters you might desire.

Discuss this article with the rest of the community on our Discord server!

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

View more articles by Gareth Branwyn