Drill-driven Belt Sander

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Project by Elyasaf Shweka posted 12-15-2015 10:50 PM 4606 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch


Belt sander / strip sander, 1”X42” (25X1067mm). this sander is based on Matthias Wanell plans, see link here:

The plans cost 8$ only, and you get all the information needed to build it, and much more. Matthias came a long way to eliminate the need to buy new materials for this machine, so these plans are quite a bargain.

And it really works. I didn’t buy anything special for this projects: the rubber wheels and bearings are taken and modified from used roller blades. Following Matthias advice, the engine is actually an old drill, so it simplifies the project and reduces some items from the original plans (direct drive instead of belt drive). Using a drill also added an important and useful feature: controlled speed. Matthias didn’t offer that since he is using a used motor from an old machine. I did buy though 2 spray cans to paint the sander. I also had to order the sanding belt, since its measures are in inches and are not available here. It is not very noticeable, but this machine is mirrored from the original plans. this was also Matthias advice, since I’m using a drill. after i finished the project i noticed that this drill can go in both directions, so it wasn’t really necessary, but too late now…

some fatures of the sander:
belt is 1”X42” (25 X 1067 mm), belt tension knob, belt alignment knob, table tilf from -5 to about 20 deg, vac hose connector. the dust collection is very impressive. there is no visible dust during or after the work. check the video where i rough sand a plywood piece and there is no dust visible at all.
I follow Matthias work a few years now. As I said before, I refer to him as our days Leonardo De Vinci. A very talented and creative engineer, that invented some amazing woodworking machines and jigs. This is his 7th machine that i have built. on the last image you can see some of his jigs that i have built (from top right): Tilting router lift, pantograph, screw advance box joint jig, tenon jig, belt sander. drum sander is not showing.

The sander works great. a lot of fun to build. the belt alignment feature is very handy and surprisingly easy to build. it is a very handy machine, especially if you deal with small parts and components (wood gears, for example). truth is that some of the parts i needed for the machine, were sanded on the machine itself while i was building it.

Thanks for watching, and thank you Matthias.


-- Only by the 4th time I realized how it was suppose to be done in the first place.

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#1 posted 12-15-2015 11:47 PM

I watched his build video on his channel.
Yes, he has very good engineering abilities.
Kind of the Mac Gyver of wood working.
It looks like you did great job too!

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#2 posted 12-16-2015 03:30 AM

Nice belt sander Elyasaf!

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#3 posted 12-16-2015 02:12 PM

Nice job on the sander and your other tools.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 12-16-2015 07:53 PM

Looks like a great machine. Quite a collection af MW gear you have there!
Thanks for sharing you work!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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