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Project by OregonWoodRat posted 133 days ago 2969 views 34 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed an edge sander but in my tiny shop I have no room for a large floor model. In ShopNotes #72 there is a drill press powered edge sander that uses 4×36 inch belts. I had some Baltic Birch plywood left over from another project. I bought the bearings from Amazon. The plans call for flanged bearing but at $14 for the lowest priced ones I decided to use flangeless bearings. I got 10 bearings for $26, 3 belts for $10, and miscellaneous fasteners.

The rollers I rough cut on my bandsaw and after gluing I trued up using the router jig in the plans. Instead of gluing the shaft to the rollers I drilled a hole in the side of the rollers and tapped a hole in the shaft. I used a ΒΌ inch bolt to secure the roller to the shaft. So far it seems to be working.

All of the knobs I made but some are going to be replaced with nicer looking knobs once I get time.

Since the dimensions are lacking for some of the parts I had no idea how far from the apron to the drive shaft it was, so I decided I would just make it as per the plans. As it turns out I had to make a riser for it due to the table on my drill press prevented it from reaching the chuck. The riser is 10×26x5 inches high. I made a cutout that matches the base of the sander so it sits more centered.

In the picture of the riser, I drilled the pilot holes for the screws through both pieces and then drilled a 5/16 inch hole in the base for a screw driver to reach through to drive the screws in. You can also see the shape I made the top part which matches the base of the sander.

The table moves up and down easy and is square to the platen. The Platen is a piece of stainless steel I had. I plan to put a graphite platen pad on to reduce wear on the platen.

It works very well. Though it looks bulky it does not weigh that much. I used screws to connect it to the riser so it can be removed and used as per the plans.

The plans call for a miter fence slot but I have not decided if I am going to cut that. Right now I am going to use it without.

Lining it up with the drill press chuck is not difficult and I have found it really does not need to be clamped to the table but I do it anyway.

Over all it was easy to build and I have only found two edge sanders using 4×36 belts sold. One by Busybee tools and the other from ShopFox. They look identical. The busybee model is $250 and the ShopFox is $350. I do not regret building it and expect to use it a lot.

If anyone has questions about building one I will try to help.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.





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Ryan Haasen

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#1 posted 133 days ago

Great idea! Really well done!

-- Ryan

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MrNorwood

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#2 posted 133 days ago

wow! super cool!!

-- Remember, Jesus was a carpenter.

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kjf48197

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#3 posted 133 days ago

Nice one!! That is my next project.

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RoadHogg

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#4 posted 133 days ago

I really could have used that yesterday! I’ll be building this project before long. Nice work! Thanks!

-- "The difference between school and real life is that in real life the tests come first, and then the lessons" -- Robert Lang, Editor Popular Woodworking

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Vince

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#5 posted 133 days ago

Sweet

-- Vince

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aussiedave

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#6 posted 133 days ago

Excellent build and project, congrats on the top three award. Awesome job and thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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steve_in_ohio

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#7 posted 133 days ago

what a great idea

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ken_c

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#8 posted 133 days ago

that is slick.

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 132 days ago

Great idea and a very good build.

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JoeinGa

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#10 posted 132 days ago

Very cool. I’m trying to see from the pictures but I cant tell is there is a tracking adjustment so if the belt starts to ride hi or lower on the rollers can it be adjusted?
Nice build

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NormG

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#11 posted 132 days ago

Congrats, wonder if it 6 inch could be done

-- Norman

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eddie

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#12 posted 132 days ago

great build ,very handy use of space you have ,

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Mainiac Matt

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#13 posted 132 days ago

Nice build. You did a great job.

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OregonWoodRat

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#14 posted 132 days ago

Joein10asee,
The adjustment for the belt is on the end. It is the knob on the top of the idler roller.

Thanks to all that left comments.

I used it today to build a small end table for Easter. It is a project I need to post.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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oldnovice

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#15 posted 132 days ago

I like it! Good project!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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