Harbor Freight 4" X 36" Sander Stand

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Project by sonnyr posted 06-02-2017 12:32 AM 3120 views 5 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This stand for a Harbor Freight 4” X 36” Belt and Disc Sander, item #62502 was made from a repurposed kitchen counter top to do edge sanding. It is 31 1/2” wide, 17” deep and 11 1/2” tall. A 2” shop vac hose is used and channeled to 2 separate inlets, for top and bottom suction. The top inlet is connected to the sander via a 1 1/4” sink drain pipe, similar to the last picture. The dust collection is pretty good. The power switch was moved to an outside position, for access. This is my third sander like this and I feel that it is a low cost solution for some sanding needs since they are in the $59 – $75 range. I have been using this for about 3 months and it seems to be holding up to the sideways mounting.
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#1 posted 06-02-2017 03:47 PM

Great job. Benchtop edge sanders are few and far between. I like this idea.

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#2 posted 06-02-2017 04:32 PM

ki7hy – it took some adjustments to get the table square with sander, but once that was done it’s pretty much dead on for 90 degree edge sanding. I have a large disc sander but it just doesn’t do some of the jobs that I want.

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#3 posted 06-02-2017 07:03 PM

Nice work . . . Question: I own the same sander. It draws a lot of current and it will only start if I give the motor a little help (I pull the sanding belt along a bit!) . . . Do you have this same problem? Also, could post some pics of the build? Thanks in advance . . . .Max

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#4 posted 06-02-2017 08:10 PM

Max – I have had the same problem when I apply too much pressure and the sander stops. Since the only adjustment that is done is to keep the belt centered, I’m not sure where your belt would be so tight that it would stall the machine. We have graduation parties this weekend so it would be next week before I can take it apart and show the build.
Thanks for the comment.

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