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Forum topic by Karda posted 03-04-2018 07:25 AM 483 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-04-2018 07:25 AM

Hi, I have a harbor freight belt sander I am useing for sharpening my bowl and spindle gouges. I have tried it for my skew and it kinda worked but the rest that came with it is to big. Does anybody have any ideas how I can make a tool rest for sharpening my skews and scrappers. the belt can be tilted back. I got the idea for the Sorby belt sharpening system. I have been trying to think of a way to make a rest that bolts in where the original rest goes but I don’t have the tools to work with metal.Here a pic, the wood on the rest is the platform I made for my bowl gouge. Thanks Mike

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#1 posted 03-04-2018 02:03 PM

Horizontal Mike did this about five years ago, I believe with the same tool you have shown there.

Here is the link:

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#2 posted 03-04-2018 03:52 PM

I have the same problem on my 1” belt sander when I use it to just touch the edges up.

For some knives, I just use a block on the table, like you show, but which is just a cut down 2×4, on edge, to allow me to get the ferrel portion of the knife up off the table. It also allows more tilt, if needed.

I just use mine for free hand touch ups, but one could hone it for other uses.

If you have the inclination, you’d get even more performance taking Mike’s approach.

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#3 posted 03-04-2018 04:27 PM

Yes it is the same sander but I use curved skews and you can’t you have to free hand them. I want a rest more like the platform rest you use at a grinder. The main issue as I see it is for the sander the rest wouldn’t have enough support.

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#4 posted 03-04-2018 05:20 PM

Doesn’t that sander come with a “stop” that is to be mounted in place of the striped flat platform shown in your photo? It is to be used when the sander is in the horizontal position. I think it can be used in the vertical position also and it is only about 1” deep.

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#5 posted 03-04-2018 06:03 PM

I am not sure what you mean. There is a metal strip that bolts to the side that acts as a rest, its about an inch wide, look at the picture i posted on the left side just above the table is a bolt, that is where that strip of metal bolts in. ideally what I am looking for is a platform rest that can replace that strip of metal. but there is support for only one side so it can flex sideways. an other alternative would be to use the bar that supports the existing table.

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