Belt sander / sharpening jig

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Project by hairy posted 03-13-2010 08:46 PM 13506 views 20 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was in the latest issue of Woodturning Design magazine. What I did differently was to adapt the Wolverine base to it.

It’s made from an old waterbed frame from many years ago, just glued and screwed together. The sander is set at a 45 degree angle. I did play around with making the base angle adjustable, that was a waste of time.

I’m still toying with it, but it seems to work ok. It won’t burn up any metal, but it does seem to raise a burr. This could be an option in some situations. Zero dollars out of pocket is always nice.

The center of the base is the sweet spot, there is a metal plate under the sanding belt there. The ends are pretty much unusable because of the rollers. The sandpaper is unsupported.

I sharpened some tools and made a cookie cutter. Cherry with mineral oil.

-- there's someone in my head but it's not me...

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#1 posted 03-13-2010 09:08 PM

I like the idea here. If you don’t mind I might use the idea myself.

-- Rick

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#2 posted 03-13-2010 09:14 PM

Nifty Idea!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#3 posted 03-13-2010 10:28 PM

A man after my own heart! I used to sharpen my tools freehand with a beltsander upside down in a vise. Like snowflakes, no two sessions were the same. I always thought about doing something like this, but eventually bought a Tormek instead. (go big, or go home!)

I still use an old belt (new ones are too aggressive), and if you can get a 400 grit belt, you are going to get a near mirror finish off the belt.

-- Steven

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#4 posted 03-13-2010 10:57 PM

Great idea, especially if it works well.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 11-06-2010 03:36 AM

I know that’ll put an edge on them gouges. grrrrreat idea hairy

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 11-06-2010 04:53 AM

Now that’s a cool idea!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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