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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