Belt Sander - Stationary Table

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Project by Woodbridge posted 02-05-2013 04:16 AM 25562 views 41 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a bench top oscillating spindle sander in my small shop which when not in use hangs up on a wall just above my router table, lathe (standing on end) and cordless drills. Its great for sanding concave curves, but not so good for convex curves. I also need, from time to time a stationary belt sander, which is better for sanding convex curves but quite honestly do not have room to store one in my shop. (I didn’t want to spend the extra bucks and buy the Rigid combo, since the oscillating spindle sander I bought frequently comes on sale for under $100.00 and works just fine.)

I do have a belt sander but its hard to use free hand with any great accuracy so I decided to make a small table to hold it in place. The table is made from some pieces of melamine and few bits of 2×4.

Fortunately my Makita belt sander had a tapped hole in the side that provided a handy spot to attach the sander to the table.

Now I can sand outside curves easily, with accuracy and squarely. It only takes a minute to set up and tucks away nicely on shelf in my shop, beside my little TV.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#1 posted 02-05-2013 04:22 AM

Nice, belt sanders can be found fairly cheap at most pawn shops so this could be a inexpensive upgrade. I like the portablility as my shop is also small. Having made some curved pieces lately I could have used this and eliminated alot of extra work. Great work and good idea!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 02-05-2013 04:33 AM

hah! I just made one of these too… for the same belt sander!

-- If someone tells you you have enough tools and don't need any more, stop talking to them, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

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#3 posted 02-05-2013 04:41 AM

You STOLE the sander from Woodbridge?? Will this be a yahoo story?? (Laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 02-05-2013 05:10 AM

Nice :-)

My “stationary hand belt sander” solution is a bit less interesting. I can jam a clamp in the handle on the harbor freight unit I have, and clamp it to the workbench. Another clamp keeps the trigger engaged.

I may abandon it for a solution like yours. Having real workpiece stabilization (rather than freehand) has got to make a big difference.

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#5 posted 02-05-2013 10:13 AM

this is it! hah! gouging stocks sanding freehand on the stationary belt sander is 100% to happen.

you gave me an idea for this built!

what about the dust collection issue?

i am sure you can still modify your design for the best..hehe

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#6 posted 02-05-2013 12:11 PM

Nice job. I usually clamp mine upside down in my B&D workmate. A bit of a pain to start and it looks like your setup has more control of your workpiece.

-- Jim in Va

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#7 posted 02-05-2013 12:40 PM

I’ve also been doing like Jim in Va, using the Workmate as a stand. This is certainly more stable. I may give it a try after I get done with the disc sander I’m building

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#8 posted 02-05-2013 02:21 PM

Thanks for the comments folks. I used to clamp the sander in the Workmate as well, but it still was a little tricky to get in properly squared up and held securely. Since I had pieces of Melamine laying around the shop this was an easy solution and it takes less time to set up than trying to clamp and hold the sander in the Workmate.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 02-05-2013 03:50 PM

Pretty Slick

-- Chris G. ; Los Angeles, CA

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#10 posted 02-05-2013 04:04 PM

It’s just the thing I need in my also small workshop (garage).

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 02-05-2013 04:11 PM

Good idea…I just might have to steal this idea and make one for myself

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#12 posted 02-05-2013 05:05 PM

Awesome jig…and great to see a realistic budget workshop!

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#13 posted 02-05-2013 05:21 PM

Not to the jig making phase. Still assembling shop tools..LOL! Good idea!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 02-05-2013 10:36 PM

Ingenious! Your own design or from plans? I’m interested in building one of my own.

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#15 posted 02-05-2013 11:31 PM

Doc – its my own design, essentially built on the fly to fit my particular belt sander. The main consideration was how to hold it firmly in place but also make it easily and quickly removable. I was fortunate that there was already a hole in the side of the sander that was threaded, picture 4. I have no idea what it is there for but it provided an easy way to secure the sander.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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