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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 75 days ago 1488 reads 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been making some legs for a small granite top table. I started out by carving them with a draw knife, then using a rasp and belt sander. Lastly i usually take a strip of sanding belt that has been used by tearing a strip off about an inch wide and it will be 48” long as that’s the size for the belt sander I have. I grab two ends and use it over the curved leg like a shoe shine towel. it does a very good job but is tiring on the arms after awhile.

After doing this for a time I thought that my drill might assist me. I used a hole saw to cut two pieces of 3/4” plywood and two pieces of 1/4# plywood a little bit larger. I threaded them all on a large bolt with washers and mounted it into my drill. Next I cut a strip of sandpaper off a used belt and turned in inward. Loop it over the drill and over the curved surface to be sanded and it does a good job.

Two things to note:
It drains battery’s fast. After making the video I changed over to my corded drill.
and secondly, This is the second one I made. the first had a much smaller diameter. You need the larger diameter on the drill. If you don’t the drill just slips inside the sandpaper. A larger diameter will give the drill a bit more mechanical advantage and area for the paper to grab thus ensuring it doesn’t slip.

Maybe you’ve done this before. I thought it worded well enough to warrant sharing.

Thanks for reading In case anyone doesn’t get the video to work here’s a direct link to it.
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-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.



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BTimmons

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#1 posted 75 days ago

Not a bad idea!

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigTWW - http://vimeo.com/98821147

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John Stegall

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#2 posted 75 days ago

Very good idea, and much quieter than using my router. I have used the “shoe shine” strip of sandpaper method.
John, native Texan visiting in the Burgundy region of France.

-- jstegall

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Stevie1

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#3 posted 74 days ago

A great idea, and a lot faster with less effort.
A must try for me.
Thanks for sharing.

-- >>>>> Stevie <<<<< --

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DaleM

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#4 posted 74 days ago

Neat idea. Thanks. I have no use for it right this moment, but it will be there in the back of my mind now if the the need arises. It’s always nice to have more than one option.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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grizzman

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#5 posted 74 days ago

yea, thanks dan, good idea…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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DIYaholic

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#6 posted 74 days ago

Quite ingenious and inventive!!!

This will be added to my mental file cabinet, for future use!!!

Thanks for taking the time to video and share….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#7 posted 74 days ago

Cool idea. By the way, should your belt be hanging loose like it is in the video while working with power tools or are you using that as part of the sanding process. LOL!

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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AandCstyle

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#8 posted 74 days ago

Neat idea! Thanks for sharing.

-- Art

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Craftsman on the lake

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#9 posted 74 days ago

Bogeguy…. actually, interesting that you should ask.

I have my good clothes and my ‘shop’ clothes. I have one good belt and hate switching them over from one pair to another. I’m on the lookout for one at thrift stores so i don’t have to pay $28 for a shop belt. I got fed up. In my truck I carry a couple of nylon tie down straps. Simple ones. you put the strap through the buckle and teeth keep it secure. Today, i got fed up, took the strap from the truck, put it through my belt loops, fastened the buckle, pulled it tight and cut off the excess with tin snips. There in my shop in my tidy whiteys working on the belt on the pants. Anyway it works but I have this belt strap hanging down now. I’ve got to either 1. secure it.. or 2. not be so cheap and get a regular belt!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Mainiac Matt

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#10 posted 74 days ago

very clever Dan….

glad to see you’ve got the shop put back together.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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Mean_Dean

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#11 posted 74 days ago

Great idea! With that thing, you can get out of bed the next morning without your arms feeling like they’re going to fall off!

-- Dean

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doubleDD

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#12 posted 74 days ago

Super idea. I love it.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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Bogeyguy

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#13 posted 74 days ago

:), :), :).

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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Tim

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#14 posted 74 days ago

Nice idea. If you glue a bit of rubber or something like a piece from an old bicycle inner tube you won’t have any slipping issues, but the larger diameter wheel makes for a faster moving belt anyway.

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TLM80209

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#15 posted 72 days ago

Too Cool!

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