Belt Sander > Edge Sander

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Project by CharlesA posted 11-04-2014 01:57 AM 3079 views 7 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I hesitate to post this project since some of you build jigs with more precision than I make dovetail drawers. I tend to make jigs quick, dirty, and, hopefully, useful. I put little effort into aesthetics or finish on jigs. I have limited woodworking time, and I prefer to spend my time building things I like instead of building things in order to build things I like. I thought the example might spur someone on to building a better one.

I have an old belt sander that I haven’t used freehand for years. I originally built a stand for it to use vertically, like this:

I found it moderately useful, but I didn’t like using it vertically, and it was a pain to take the sander out to change belts, etc. So I started looking for ideas on a stand to use the belt sander as an edge sander. I found this article from Woodworker’s Journal now posted on the Rockler website. That seemed to be the ticket.

I took one of the pieces from my original stand that was cut to the shape of the side of the sander for one anchor point. I cut two other pieces with the band saw to anchor it front and back. I made the tilted table (not sure that I got the right angle) so the sander cut a slight indentation in the side. This works really well—the sander is perfectly secure without anything to clamp it down. I can lift it out without any trouble. With my old stand, since the sander was semi-permanently attached to the stand, I had to store them together—awkward. But with this one, I can lift the sander off, store it with my other sanders, and then hand this jig on the wall—much better.

I’m working on dust collection—the sander has none built in. At present I plan on using a big gulp hood connected to a 4” hose for dust collection, but I’m not sure if that is the best solution.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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Dave Rutan

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#1 posted 11-04-2014 02:20 AM

Yea, basically for dust control you’ll have to build a shroud around the whole piece. You might get some ideas from my version. I utilized the vacuum box on my router table, making something that can be used alone without dust control or integrated into the router table for ‘sorta’ dust control. It’s not a perfect solution, but it helps. See it here on my project page.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#2 posted 11-04-2014 02:38 AM

Great idea. Been thinking of making something to use my belt sander as a stationary tool.

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#3 posted 11-04-2014 02:40 AM

Great re-purposing to another holder. I have seen these before and they are very useful

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 11-05-2014 02:12 AM

It is quite convenient. I’m m really pleased with its utility.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#5 posted 11-05-2014 06:17 PM

Everry tip and idea is worth of posting.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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