Belt/Spindle Sander Sled

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Project by DeSwede posted 06-25-2014 09:31 PM 2161 views 27 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made a sled for use with belt/spindle sander. Gives precise angles. The 45 deg board can be flipped around to other side of fence. Made from scraps about shop.

-- DeSwede Woodwerks

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#1 posted 06-25-2014 10:01 PM

Good idea, compliments.

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#2 posted 06-25-2014 10:26 PM

Great idea…I have one of those sanders. Never thought of a sled for it…thanks for sharing

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#3 posted 06-25-2014 11:56 PM

I gotta copy this, I have one of these sanders I use constantly.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#4 posted 06-26-2014 12:04 AM

Hmmm…Vewey Interesting. Good idea on the sled.

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#5 posted 06-26-2014 12:55 AM

Great idea – I have to build one of these for fine tuning picture frames!

Now, all you have to do is convert to hook and loop like I did! ;-)



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#6 posted 06-26-2014 03:10 AM

I agree with everyone, this is great. Thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 06-26-2014 03:27 AM

Thank you all.

I would also note that the miter slot on the table does run parallel to the belt sander. Other types of belt sanders don’t seem to provide as large a work surface as this Ridgid one does. This makes it easy to use a sled with this.

This is also handy for sanding pen blanks down to square with the brass tubes. Easier, better, and cheaper than those pen blank barrel trimmers.

~ Gary

-- DeSwede Woodwerks

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#8 posted 06-26-2014 12:34 PM

I will be copying that idea. I use my sander all the time. Mostly free hand, but the sled should be a useful addition.

-- Chris K

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#9 posted 06-26-2014 12:48 PM

As I think about it, I may make some enhancements on the idea. Perhaps make the fence adjustable for angles instead of using adapters for angles. But, I just threw this together in about 20 min for a quick project, with just the thought of 90 deg angle.

~ Gary

-- DeSwede Woodwerks

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#10 posted 06-26-2014 02:26 PM

Gary, I’ve had this sander for about a year now and love it. I have just used a old miter gauge from a portable table saw that burned up for sanding crosscuts until now. But I’ve always thought about making a “Dubby” type sled for better holding ability, accuracy, and elevating the work piece a little closer to the center of the belt. After seeing the post of your addition to your sander, it reminded me that I was always going to build one. From one Swede to another, thanks for the post, and the well needed nudge in the back. Jim A.

-- Woodfella, Northern Illinois

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#11 posted 06-26-2014 02:30 PM

Thanks. This will also be helpful for small parts.

-- DeSwede Woodwerks

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#12 posted 06-26-2014 02:50 PM

Simple but really useful. Couldn’t be better than that. I have heard a lot of good words about the Rigid sander and your improvement makes it even better. I wish we could buy these here in Norway.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 06-26-2014 03:01 PM

great idea DeSwede,cleaver

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#14 posted 06-26-2014 08:41 PM

Good thinkin’ Lincoln

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#15 posted 06-26-2014 10:03 PM

Nice idea : )
What size did you find the miter groove to be on your machine?
Mine is larger than 3/4” so I had to add shims to my miter gauge bar to take the slop out of it.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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