Shop Made 1" belt sander

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Project by corydoras posted 11-02-2013 11:33 AM 21589 views 66 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Making some plywood angels for an upcoming christmas fair, I realized I needed a way of sanding in some very tight spots on the wings.
I figured that a 1” belt sander would do the job.
Not having this machine, and seeing a need for it, justified a couple of nights i the shop making one.
Frame is 3/4” plywood, wheels are also plywood with some small bearings that I had laying around.
The drive is an old fixed speed drill, directly conected to the pulley.
The sanding belt is a 1” cutoff of a 4” wide belt aprox 30” long.
Tension and belt alignment is on the oak block on the top roller.
There is a dust port under the table.

All ply is baltic birch plywood

Link to my youtube channel showing this machine in action:

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#1 posted 11-02-2013 11:49 AM

You did a wonderful job designing and making this very ingenious and useful tool. I especially like it because anyone with a hand drill can make one for a very small cost. Great of you to share it with us.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 11-02-2013 11:54 AM

First picture it allmost looks store bought. Nice job. on my to do list

-- I Saw What I See

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#3 posted 11-02-2013 11:55 AM

Very cool! Compact and very clever.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 11-02-2013 12:24 PM

Very nice, thanks for inspiration

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 11-02-2013 12:43 PM

Love it! Good job of using what you had to solve a problem.

-- Campzeke, Tampa, FL

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#6 posted 11-02-2013 02:18 PM

Well done. Nice, useful project.

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#7 posted 11-02-2013 02:43 PM

Very nice, will it take a standard size belt, or will you always have to cut your own? Necessity fueled the build, but what made you paint it all sharp? Great work

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#8 posted 11-02-2013 03:12 PM

looks nicer than my delta…

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#9 posted 11-02-2013 03:17 PM

Very nicely done! Did you crown your wheels? If so, did you do it on a lathe? I have an old Delta 1” belt sander that a wheel disintegrated on and Delta doesn’t seem to either have or sell parts anymore. Thanks for a fine post.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#10 posted 11-02-2013 03:19 PM

Wow that is a super clean looking sander! Smart, slick design and the paint looks great too. Awesome job!

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#11 posted 11-02-2013 04:58 PM


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#12 posted 11-02-2013 06:27 PM

that’s very ingenious, thanks for sharing

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#13 posted 11-02-2013 06:34 PM

This one beats me and I’m not being rude but You can actually buy a small one inch belt sander over here for £39.99 less than the cost of a drill. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#14 posted 11-02-2013 06:48 PM

Now thats cool.

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#15 posted 11-02-2013 07:47 PM

I sure didn’t expect to see a drill for power, great idea and build. One for the Favorites!

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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