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Forum topic by Karda posted 08-19-2019 03:21 AM 356 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Karda

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08-19-2019 03:21 AM

Hi, I have a HF belt sander. I want to mount a grinder tool rest on the grinder so I can platform sharpen my wood turning tools Here is a pic of the sander and the tool rest. Thanks Mike


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Lazyman

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#1 posted 08-19-2019 03:45 AM

You may need to show us more of the sanders’s base and and views angled from the sides to get some advice.

It probably has or had a rest that comes across the belt? It might be easier to just attach a pivoting platform to the same attachment point as the old rest rest?

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#2 posted 08-19-2019 04:14 AM

Hmmm, I have a Craftsman version. It had a platform that slides onto a steel rod…can be used either with the disc sander, or change the rod’s location, and it will work with the beltsander part…Has a scale for degrees,too…

Maybe later today (Monday..) i can get a few photos?

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Karda

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#3 posted 08-19-2019 06:19 AM

he are pics of the sides. The hex bolt in the 1st pic fastens the tool rest to the sander. I tried to use it for a base but it fastrens only on one side an was not stable. Bandit this sander has a table like you picture but is to wide to use for platform sharpening. I tried to think of a way to use it but I’m not that creative. I’ll post pics of that tomorrow.

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Lazyman

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#4 posted 08-19-2019 02:49 PM

Assuming that there is room behind the platen and nothing moving that would interfere, how about drilling a hole on the opposite side so you can attach from both sides, Even better, Drill another hole on both sides about 2 inches higher so that it won’t pivot. Attach a triangular brackets with long bolts on both sides. Remove the platform from the tool rest you want to use and attach it to the brackets in a way that will allow you to tighten it down. If it is not wide enough, you might have to have a spacer on one or both sides so that it clamps it down when you tighten the lever bolt shown in your picture (might require a longer bolt as well.

Not sure my description makes sense. I think that I showed you this before but you can see a similar solution on my blog about the belt sander I built here.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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Karda

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#5 posted 08-19-2019 05:02 PM

Hi, there is nothing behind the platen so I can drill. I was wondering about a bar across the belt. I can remove the articulating arms of the rest from the base. The only thing is it .25” would that be stable enough. I noticed the rest you made is only attached to the sander on 1 side only is that stable.
I was looking at my table and was thinking about a bracket that would fasten in where the table mounts. But would that be stable enough being that long. Here are the pics of my table. I think you did send me some plans. I lost my documents a while back and that was in there

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#6 posted 08-19-2019 07:52 PM

This has been done and written up already – very nicely written up here and in a magazine article.

I’ll see if I can find it.

-Paul

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#7 posted 08-19-2019 07:59 PM

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#8 posted 08-26-2019 11:05 PM

Hi i came up wiuth a rig that I think will work. It isn’t pretty but I think it will work. I have it set to 40 degrees. Now all i need is the proper grit belt

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bandit571

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#9 posted 08-26-2019 11:30 PM

he are pics of the sides. The hex bolt in the 1st pic fastens the tool rest to the sander. I tried to use it for a base but it fastrens only on one side an was not stable. Bandit this sander has a table like you picture but is to wide to use for platform sharpening. I tried to think of a way to use it but I m not that creative. I ll post pics of that tomorrow.

- Karda

In the first photo…the bracket with the hex head bolt,,,is that a hole for the rod from the fence to go through, then use the head head to tighten/ lock the table in place? If so, you might give it a try…

On mine, there is such a hole….the rod is inserted through it, and a bolt secures it in place…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Karda

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#10 posted 08-26-2019 11:40 PM

yes there is a bold holding the legs to the base. I was thinking of a bracket across the front of the belt but it would be thin, the bolt is 6MM. I would have to drill and tap a holes for the bracket and i don’t have the tools. I would have to remove the bracket to change the belt. i made the stand I made with scrap wood and need no additional tools. If it does the job I want I will improve it.

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Jim Finn

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#11 posted 08-27-2019 01:27 AM

I have two of these Harbor Freight sanders and both have a stop that can be adjusted to an angle. These are the most used tools in my shop and work very well.

-- No PHD just a DD214

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HorizontalMike

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#12 posted 08-27-2019 10:59 AM

Here Karda, check out my review on how to make decent jigs using the HF belt sander, for sharpening:

https://www.lumberjocks.com/reviews/3179

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#13 posted 08-27-2019 05:02 PM

Hi, Mike when I first started using a sander I did build a platform for my elsworth jig and it worked great. however i got a one system. i miss the sander. I started using a 40/40 grind so i am doing mostly platform sharpening.

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