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Easy to build BELT SANDING UNIT now , EDITED, PICTURES, TO MAKE IT VERTICAL AND EDGE SANDER

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Project by bushmaster posted 02-08-2019 03:13 AM 1178 views 10 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have been spending quite abit of time getting this project up and running. I first featured the sanding unit attached to the wood lathe some time ago. I have found this sanding unit my most used sanding station.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/377625 and You tube demonstration https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QD1LZKvDLc

After the prototype I made another one to document the construction of the sanding unit. This sanding unit is SUPER EASY TO BUILD, the tracking is SUPER EASY, and it is SUPER NICE to use, so I have named it my SUPER BELT SANDER. I finally got all the footage edited and made into two videos and uploaded them yesterday. They are:

Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i423gw6NHoQ&t=11s
Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uggb_9YtERc&t=1s

I also worked on mounting the second one in its own cabinet and motor. This is completely explained and assembled in this video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsyN0U6yhXo&t=5s

I will include in this post pictures of the cabinet as I assembled it. Very simple to build, compact and works well.
This unit was designed as I went along, solving problems as need arised. I am happy with the result.

Ralbuck commented that he preferred a vertical and edge sanding unijt, I got up this morning and thought why can’t this unit be multipurpose, so I went out to the shop and made some adaptions quickly. Since the sanding unit by itself is self contained you could design a cabinet and motor assemble specific how you would like it orientated. Also basic design can be made for any belt length.

As a vertical unit ( dust hood are now held in place with a rubber band)

As a horizontal unit

Motor mounted on a plank with switch

Pulley side attached

Belt tightening mechanism

Put together dust collection box

Screw sanding unit to the top of the back

Use four screws to attach the front. This can be taken on and off to change the sanding belt.

Do not forget and belt guard, and then make some dust hoods,

Whether you power this sanding unit with your lathe or its own motor, you will find it one of your most used machines. What makes the sanding unit so easy to make is because of the sanding belt tightening and tracking method. The front roller has the bearings mounted in the roller. No complicated tightening and tracking mechanism. Slower speeds make it quiet and easy to use.

Thanks for looking and comments appreciated.

Need to start another project when it warms up, have had a few days down to Minus 30 Centigrade, and the shop is not warming up enough to get my blood flowing. At least I got the computer work done in the house.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia





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tyvekboy

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#1 posted 02-08-2019 03:38 AM

AWESOME!

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 02-08-2019 03:55 AM

As usual! Great job.

You will find that is the best mistake eraser Besides the wood stove that a wood shop can have.

If you find a way to make it vertical and try it that way, you might surprise yourself and always use it that way.

My 2 belt sanders are neither one ever used flat. The 4” Grizzly is sideways and also converts to a spindle sander—very handy. My 6” Jet was put horizontal the first day I brought it home and has run that way ever since.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 02-08-2019 04:41 AM

I love shop made tools like this. Very creative design. Excellent!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 02-08-2019 05:33 AM


As usual! Great job

You will find that is the best mistake eraser Besides the wood stove that a wood shop can have.

If you find a way to make it vertical and try it that way, you might surprise yourself and always use it that way.

- ralbuck Because the sander unit is self contained it could be made to any angle, horizontal or vertically, in fact this one could be just stood on end and you would have a vertical one. Still then lay it down and sand long lenghts.


-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 02-08-2019 05:43 AM

You’re the innovative master from the cold north Brian.

And thank you Brian for all the beaut videos of “how to”....excellent sir..

PS – That last photo looks way to cold for us “downunder” as we’ve had a summer of a consistent 35-40deg”C”

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#6 posted 02-08-2019 06:00 AM

That is one very impressive maschine. I must admit – very simple and effective construction.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 02-08-2019 11:23 AM

anther fine example of “I can do it” if I want to

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#8 posted 02-08-2019 11:50 AM

Looks like a powerfull outfit.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#10 posted 02-08-2019 03:07 PM

wow thats a nice sander bush who needs the big names when you can do it yourself,nice work.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#11 posted 02-08-2019 03:12 PM

Thats Awesome!!!! Gratz on daily 3

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#12 posted 02-08-2019 03:24 PM

an award for the super sander GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ DT3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#13 posted 02-08-2019 09:03 PM

Being able to use the sander for edges makes it more useful than most of the tools I see, good job Brian!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#14 posted 02-10-2019 02:19 AM

I see that you used a pretty beefy motor. I was wondering if you think a ceiling fan motor might have enough power to make a smaller belt sander? Or maybe work for a 6” disk sander?
I have a few fan motors laying around, and I’m just not sure they’d be powerful enough

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#15 posted 02-10-2019 02:47 PM



I see that you used a pretty beefy motor. I was wondering if you think a ceiling fan motor might have enough power to make a smaller belt sander? Or maybe work for a 6” disk sander?
I have a few fan motors laying around, and I’m just not sure they’d be powerful enough

- Brandon

I don’t believe that a ceiling fan motor would have enough power for any sanding operation, it takes more power than you might think, there is a lot of resistance to motion when using an abrasive. A ceiling fan is very low amperage to make them economical as they only have to swing fan blades at a low speed. This motor that I am using is 1/2 HP and it is marginal for power.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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