Taming the beast.... belt sander stand

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Project by Mainiac Matt posted 04-07-2019 01:47 AM 1132 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve had this 4×24 Bosch belt sander for some 23 years and used it extensively when building my timber frame house.

But when it comes to woodworking, it has proven to be a project wrecker, as it can remove a lot of material quickly, and if you let it rock or tilt it can easily put a divot in your project.

So for some time, I’ve wanted to make a stand with a fence, but the box designs I’ve seen look pretty heavy and limit access to the controls. So I used 1×1 80/20 extrusions with aa Aluminum plate for the spine.

The stand holds the sander securely to the base and plumb to the fence, and can be used in 3 different orientations. It has pins spaced to match the hole pattern in my downdraft outfeed table to keep it securely in place when in use.

Used it today for the first time and all seemed to function well.

Thanks for looking in,


-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#1 posted 04-07-2019 02:03 AM

Looks good Matt. good use of the sander. I have both but rarely use the hand held one.

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#2 posted 04-07-2019 02:04 AM

Nice. Good idea and I bet you will find lots of good ways to use it.

-- If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. - Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 04-07-2019 02:38 AM

Nice one Matt, you did a fine job on that.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#4 posted 04-07-2019 09:43 AM

Great solution and very well done Matt. Looks really versatile.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 04-07-2019 01:18 PM

Super cool, great idea and making.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 04-07-2019 08:40 PM

Nice fabrication Matt.

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#8 posted 04-08-2019 01:29 AM

Very clever.

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