Greene & Greene Inspired Crib #2: Legs and Rails Cut and Shaped

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Blog entry by Alan S posted 08-15-2011 02:58 AM 8332 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have begun construction on the front and back panels of the crib. After a lot of careful layout, I started roughing out the four legs and the four horizontal rails with the table saw and band saw. I like buying the best quality tools I can afford, but sometimes I just can’t justify the really nice stuff. So, I bought this 1” x 30” belt sander from Harbor Freight.

This thing works, but barely! It doesn’t take much pressure to bog down the motor and stop it, but by being patient and going slow, it got the job done. Before I bought this, I made a disc sander for my lathe, but disc sanders can’t get into corners like I really needed.

So here is my progress so far:

The front four pieces are the legs. The next two pieces are the top horizontal rails. I’ve only shaped the bottom so I can have a flat surface for drilling the mortises. The last two pieces are the bottom rails.

The next step is laying out the mortises and preparing the vertical slats. Things are coming along!


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#1 posted 08-15-2011 03:20 PM

Alan – looking very good. YOu seem to be ahead of the production schedule.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#2 posted 08-18-2011 04:52 AM

Nice job on the legs and rails. When you say the sander ‘bogged’ down, was it from sanding those large pieces? I’m curious because I was thinking of buying that sander for small craft items. I thought a one inch belt was for smaller items.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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Alan S

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#3 posted 08-18-2011 04:50 PM

Hi Vicki,
Yeah, I was using the sander to shape those large pieces. My workpieces were about 1.5 inches thick. I would angle the workpiece so it was contacting less than the full 1” width of the sand paper, and even then I could stop the belt from moving pretty easily. It got the job done, and I am sure it would work better for small pieces when you have even less area in contact with the belt, but this ain’t a super-powerful motor by any stretch.

Also, maybe the first or second time I turned on the sander, the threads for the set-screw on the drive wheel broke. The wheel is keyed, so it continues to get torque from the motor, but the wheel rattles like it’s coming off the motor shaft then going back on the motor shaft. It’s enclosed within the sander housing, so it doesn’t come off and it continues sanding fine, but man the thing is LOUD!


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#4 posted 08-19-2011 01:17 AM

Hi Alan,
Thanks for the feedback. I want to get it, it is a real good price and 16 people on HF gave it good reviews. Only one person had trouble with the motor slowing like yours and they were sanding something a bit too big too. One person had trouble with the set screw like you did.

Here’s his solution: “I’ve used this little guy for years to sharpen knives. (I buy belts online from another supplier.) It works great for that. Not long after I got it, the bottom wheel came off – the set screw supplied had ripped through the plastic and it wouldn’t go back together as designed. I glued the wheel back on with some 2-ton epoxy and was back in business, and it’s been reliable ever since. Considering what larger belt sanders go for in the giant home stores, this thing is a steal. I love it.”

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#5 posted 09-24-2013 03:49 PM

Nice work.

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