Shopnotes 126 Belt Sander #3: Belt Guard and Power switch

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Blog entry by OregonWoodRat posted 04-12-2017 04:29 AM 1859 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The belt guard took some figuring for me. Mine ended up taller than the plans due to I allowed the drive shaft to stick out further to allow for a different pulley in the future. The plans called for it to be 1.5 inches tall and I made mine 2.5 inches.

The tool rest arm is made of the same oak as the pivot arm. So it was very hard to cut a slot in it. In the end I really like how it turned out.

Someone on the internet posted a sander restore and made a wooden box for the power switch. I liked what he did so I thought I would try it. I also made a cover piece to protect the cords. The wood for the switch and cover was some kind of Maple that I had milled into lumber a couple years ago.

I painted the belt cover, platen, and motor. I like the affect of the brass screws. They kind of look like rivets.

It was bugging me that Since I hurt my shoulder that the sander would be in the way on my bench so I made a cart for it. There is a 4 inch deep drawer. It was made from planed 2×4’s and 2×6s. The plywood was from an old desktop from work.

The last entry will be about the dust collector. Again I got the idea from someone on You Tube. But it was really difficult for me to see his exact design until I built my own.

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

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#1 posted 04-12-2017 11:02 AM

Great build and blog…it will be a useful tool.

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#2 posted 04-12-2017 02:03 PM

Very nice pictures and build. Inspires me to build one. what sanding belt are you using, That could be a problem getting one here. If you could just use a slit down hand power sander belt that is readily available.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 04-13-2017 08:31 AM

You would be impressed with Jack Houweling’s wooden knife swirtch.

-- Regards Rob

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