The joy of a new sanding belt

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Forum topic by Farrout posted 06-05-2014 03:30 PM 1418 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-05-2014 03:30 PM

It’s amazing how long I will use an old belt. I had one shred today so putting on a new one was not an option. It’s like having a new tool.
I should do it more often, but I always seem to think, I can use this one for just a few more parts.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

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#1 posted 06-05-2014 03:37 PM

Ha. I just had this experience last week. I totally agree. My sander even sounds way better too.

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#2 posted 06-05-2014 03:59 PM

AHHHH it’s good to hear from another kindred soul,,,,,,,BUT wait, for shall we say for prudent woodworkers such as we ,there is an extended life’s use for these still good places on that belt !!!!

Very early on I had made a couple of hand sanding blocks, cut from and hand sized from white wood 2×4’s. Then from reading reports, from woodworkers that had gone before me, that by far the tough sand paper for these hand blocks was from the belt sanders. Cut down to size, was the way to go to put into my blocks. One day like you Farrout I had to replace that belt. But I still saw some grit left. Made my self a new block, and now I have what I call, and also ink lettered onto its top, “Very, Very Fine”. You would be surprised how this samll effort and this belt/s saved from the trash can, is still is able to serve me and give that wood that final touch I was after. Admitting though,,,,,that belt has to be cleaned very often.

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#3 posted 06-06-2014 12:53 AM

The same is true for sawblades, planer blades, and jointer blades. every time I put new ones on, I always wonder why I waited so long!

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#4 posted 06-06-2014 01:54 AM

Even when I change pads on my orbital I have a hard time throwing the old one away. There should be a support group for people like that I think. :P

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#5 posted 06-06-2014 02:11 AM

Yeah, I keep those old sanding discs for hand sanding!

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

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#6 posted 06-06-2014 02:27 AM

Save the old belts to clamp down on a flat surface and flatten an old plane sole. Worn belts turn out to be very fine grit items for this work.

Was at H-F, and found out I can actually buy SINGLE belts, instead of buying three to a pack. I could even mix and match with the singles, and get out of the store spending less than just a single pack of one size or grit on a belt @ three belts per package.

1) 3” x21” 120 grit $1.25~
2) 1" x 30"
80 grit $0.89
3) 1” x 30” 120 grit $0.89

one thriple package of 120 grit 3” x 21” @ $3.59

Gotta be like a sanding belt….flexable…

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

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