|Project by Lazyman||posted 12-01-2015 11:50 PM||2747 views||9 times favorited||8 comments|
I was inspired by Woodsmith Magazine and Matthias Wandel’s Youtube videos of shop built power tools to make my own belt sander for the shop and I figured if I am going to make one, I might as well make one larger than the cheap ones you can find everywhere for around $100 or less. I borrowed several design ideas from Woodsmith’s design for a belt sander powered by a lathe and many ideas from Matthias Wandel’s various projects over the years. For more information and pictures, see my blog about the build starting here:
I also uploaded a short summary video to Youtube that shows it in action here:
I used Sketchup to design and prototype it. It was designed around an old 1/2 HP blower motor that I have had sitting on the shelf for over 10 years. Since most large belt sanders seem to have much larger motors I was worried it might bog down but this thing has plenty of power, even with 1:1 pulleys transfering power from the motor the carriage.
As usual, the design, prototyping and troubleshooting process made this a really fun and rewarding project, especially for a first attempt at power tool making. Thanks for looking.
-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.