Shop Built Belt Sander Project

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Blog series by Lazyman updated 02-29-2016 11:18 PM 5 parts 25335 reads 15 comments total

Part 1: Designing and Initial Build

11-09-2015 03:24 AM by Lazyman | 3 comments »

Project Inspiration A couple of months ago, Woodsmith magazine had a shop built belt sander on the cover which inspired me to try to build my own. I’ve been using a handheld Dewalt Belt sander with a stand as a bench sander but have been frustrated with the small sanding area. I also had to fix a broken shaft screw using super glue so I know that its days are numbered. The Woodsmith version was designed to take advantage of a lathe to drive the sander when the lathe is not in use but...

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Part 2: Building the Base

11-13-2015 03:04 PM by Lazyman | 1 comment »

Building the base for the sander. Base Design Requirements Because I want to be able to do quick belt changes, the belt carriage has to be mounted on one side so I want the base to be rock solid. The motor mount needs to be adjustable to allow the belt to be loosened if necessary without too much trouble and the base should protect the motor from dust. The table/rest should provide a solid platform for sanding both vertically and horizontally but needs to move out of the way for belt...

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Part 3: First Dust

11-15-2015 04:23 PM by Lazyman | 4 comments »

Finish the Base: After getting the base screwed together and the carriage mounted on it, I decided to go ahead and paint it before installing the motor and getting it wired. I used the same kind of paint as they did in the Woodsmith sander article (Rustoleum Hammered). I got too impatient and should have spent a lot more time sanding. I found that it also takes a ton of paint to achieve the hammered affect and it works best when applied on horizontal surfaces. It might have also helpe...

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Part 4: Finishing the Sander with Dust Collection

12-01-2015 11:57 PM by Lazyman | 4 comments »

I finally got around to posting the completion of the sanding platform with dust collection. Dust collection is working very well with just a shop vac. The platform pivots out of the way for belt changes while in either the horizontal or vertical positions though you have to move the sander to the edge of the bench so it can swing out of the way. I need to add 2 more feet to make it more stable in this position. By swinging the platform out of the way while in the horizontal po...

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Part 5: First Improvements: Lathe Tool Sharpening Jigs

02-29-2016 11:18 PM by Lazyman | 3 comments »

One of the things that inspired me to make a belt sander was seeing YouTube videos of the Sorby Proedge™ Sharpening system. I struggled with getting consistent edges on my lathe tools and had messed up one of my bowl gouges more than once. I knew that I would not be able to get good results on my lathe unless I got better at sharpening and if it wasn’t quick, easy and repeatable, I would wait longer than I should to freshen the edges. The Sorby Proedge™ system is crazy e...

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