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I wanted to build a belt sander but didn't want it to take allot of room. I decided to combine two plans into one. The upper tension arms are from the shopnotes plan. And the main body is from this site http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/threads/23230-Belt-sanders-we-built?p=272061#post272061.

Here is a quick video of it.

It works great and takes up very little room. Much less than the shopnotes one. And it is very light to move around. Here are some more pics.



























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IF it works as well as t looks ; you did very well!

My Jet was $400 on a very good sale-so you saved a few "grennies" too!
 

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that looks awesome very good job. This is going into my favorites for sure. thanks for posting it!
 

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Great job, I have wanted to build one some time, maybe in my next life, You have did an excellent job, and enjoyed all the picture. If I get there it will help allot, thanks for all the effort posting
 

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that looks awesome very good job. This is going into my favorites for sure. thanks for posting it!

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What he said!
 

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Great job on the build. I admire guys that build their own tools.
 

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As always your thinking, and building. How much time in the build?
 

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Great build. I love it!!

Jim
 

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It's so nicely coloured and simplyfied in it's design, but still so efficient. All is very tidy and detailed, very smooth execution.
 

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Thanks everyone.

Doc. Not sure how long it took. I have worked on it in spare time over 3 months.

It cost $15.00 to build. Had to buy bearings, springs, and the bolts. Everything else I had.
 

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I love shop built machines. I particularly like how quick and easy the belt changes are on this one. Very well thought out. I noticed that you were sanding an inside curve in your YouTube demo. You might want to consider making a convex platen to make that a little easier.
 

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Thanks Lazyman. I plan on making a convex platen soon. I just got lazy and took a short cut (no pun intended).
 

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Thanks Lazyman. I plan on making a convex platen soon. I just got lazy and took a short cut (no pun intended).

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Hah! I am all about lazy. I just looked at some of your other shop built machines. You build some fine stuff. After making my own belt sander recently, I've been thinking about making a jointer so I'm going to put that one in my favorites list.
 

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Fantastic, I have wanted to buy one for years, and only recently thought of making one, your project just solidified my decision to build one.

I only hope I do as nice a job as you did. I just love how well you built everything, no shortcuts because it is a utilitarian tool, quality woodworking reflects the character of the person doing it…...
 

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Nice job!!! We are all having fun on here and SawSucker doesn't like it.
 

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i agree--into fav for sure-i need one lol-thank you for posting and great job on details-have a great holiday
 

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Nice, I would not mind the extra width belt to work with.
 

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Very well executed. Congratulations!
But can detail some parts? Engine specification? Used material? Plywood? The way the arm fits on the base?

Thanks,
 
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