edge sander

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Project by allwood posted 03-27-2014 12:00 PM 3802 views 23 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i needed an edge sander, didn’t have the funds or time to build a decent one. this was another temporary solution and after 10 years it still serves me well. simple piece of mdf and a couple blocks to level it up and good to go. thought about adding a dust port off the bottom as the dust bag has to be removed to put it in the jig but haven’t gotten around to it yet.

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#1 posted 03-27-2014 05:58 PM

Ive really been meaning to make one of these. Nice job and thanks for posting, especially the pic without the sander. Nice to see how the jig went together. Got any other 10 year old gems hidden away?

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#2 posted 03-27-2014 06:55 PM

I made one similar to yours several years ago. I made a shaped cut out for the part of the motor that rests on the base to hold it in position and it has served me so well that I doubt I will ever get an edge sander (can spend my $ on wood). I’m am finding that I need to make an aux table as the belt wears out where I do all of my sanding so need to be able to utilize more of the belts width. I’m thinking I will just put on an extra layer of plywood with maybe a registration pin (dowel) to hold it in the correct position. Just a thought. I should have made my base longer but I like being able to sand inside curves on the front drum.

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#3 posted 03-27-2014 09:23 PM

I think the only thing lately that I would add would be a little longer top and some laminate to let things slide easier. As far as using more of the belt I usually just cut off the used part and realign the belt again.

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#4 posted 03-28-2014 12:19 AM

I never use my belt sander but this jig would give it a whole new purpose. Great jig!

Now if we could figure out how to make it oscillate!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 03-28-2014 02:20 AM

Great idea and solves a problem I have run into

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 03-28-2014 01:21 PM

I built a similar fixture for my belt sander using MDF. It is very useful. The one thing I would change would be to make the front support a bit smaller and wrap the table around the front of the sander, like you have done. That way I could use the curved portion.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 03-29-2014 04:11 AM

Great idea

-- I have to remember this is a hobby..

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#8 posted 03-29-2014 04:52 AM

Very Nice and Well done! Thanks for Posting.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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