Shopnotes 126 Belt Sander #1: The base and rollers

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Blog entry by OregonWoodRat posted 04-11-2017 03:38 AM 2911 reads 6 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Building the ShopNotes Belt Sander turned me into a Time Thief. I would steal time to work out in the shop. Sometimes it was as little as 5 minutes or just before going to church. The most time was generally on a Saturday and I would get a whole 6-8 hours in the shop. Overall it was a fun project.

For the frame I used cabinet grade pine plywood from Home Depot.

The plans called for the top pivot bolt to be threaded into a tapped hole but I never had much luck with that so I drilled all the way through and put a nyloc nut on it.

The part that the top roller mounts in is just red oak.

I decided that when making the rollers my drill press was not going to do it since I was using Oak for both rollers and I do not have a chuck for my lathe. So I made a jig for turning the rollers. It worked really well. The threaded rod run in the same bearings that would be used for the sander.

The base was made from two layers or Old growth pine that came out of our house. I needed a way to clamp them so they would be flat. I had bought an old Craftsman table saw and used one of the cast iron table extensions. I clamped the boards to the table extension. It worked great. they came out dead flat.

Tomorrow night I will post some more.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#1 posted 04-11-2017 03:42 AM

I have a Delta 4” belt and 6” disc that the rollers are wore out on and no parts available. I bought a new sander to replace it and I am building a 1” X 30” out of Walnut and using the motor from the old Delta.

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#2 posted 04-11-2017 11:16 AM

Good work on the sander….good post with pics

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