Shopnotes 126 Belt Sander #4: Dust Cover

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Blog entry by OregonWoodRat posted 04-13-2017 04:30 AM 1987 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I originally found this guys video and could not tell very well how he built the dust cover but it gave me the idea and it is very much needed.
Here is a link to his build so I can give credit where it is due.

He built his out of 3/4 ply. I made most of mine out of 1/4 ply.
Here are what some of the parts look like before assembly. I did make it out of cardboard first so I could get the shapes correct.

I assembled everything but the bottom and then traced the shape before cutting it out.

Here is a tip. When you are drilling the holes for the platen screw inserts decide then if you are going to make the dust cover. It is easier to drill the hole then than after things are assembled. I cannot drill a hole straight so mine is a little off plumb.

I found that the top part that connects to the sander base tends to flex when the vacuum hose is connected. So to counter that I put a small block to keep it from moving. It would have been good to use 3/4 inch ply for the top part. The rest could be made out of 1/4 ply.

I also could not go straight in so I bought a 45 degree dust port. It works really well.

I hope this helps anyone that is thinking of building one.

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

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#1 posted 04-13-2017 06:20 AM

Great job on the build log. Overall how did you like the Shopnotes plans?

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 04-14-2017 02:34 PM

Enjoyed the blog so much I purchased the plans to look at. I may never get around to building, but I don’t know, looks like a fun and rewarding project. I looking at availability of parts it seem to me that a 2”x32” belt is note common than a 2”x30”. Am I correct or did I just not look in the right places. If the 32” is more common couldn’t that change be made pretty easy when building? Say extent the top 2” and put the top roller up 2 inches?

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#3 posted 04-14-2017 03:07 PM

PaulDoug – Just to correct, The belt size is 2 inches x 36 inches. I ordered mine from Amazon and the price was not to much. I guess it depends on where you are at.

It was a fun project and went fairly smooth.

Thank you for your comments. :)

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

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