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Project by geekwoodworker posted 12-13-2015 10:59 PM 55448 views 49 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to build a belt sander but didn’t want it to take allot of room. I decided to combine two plans into one. The upper tension arms are from the shopnotes plan. And the main body is from this site http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/threads/23230-Belt-sanders-we-built?p=272061#post272061.

Here is a quick video of it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP8aa4wMmF8

It works great and takes up very little room. Much less than the shopnotes one. And it is very light to move around. Here are some more pics.





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ralbuck

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#1 posted 12-13-2015 11:16 PM

IF it works as well as t looks ; you did very well!

My Jet was $400 on a very good sale—so you saved a few “grennies” too!

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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jburklow

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#2 posted 12-13-2015 11:30 PM

that looks awesome very good job. This is going into my favorites for sure. thanks for posting it!

-- Jeff Lemont, IL. https://jeffscustomfurniture.com

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bushmaster

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#3 posted 12-13-2015 11:54 PM

Great job, I have wanted to build one some time, maybe in my next life, You have did an excellent job, and enjoyed all the picture. If I get there it will help allot, thanks for all the effort posting

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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LJRay

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#4 posted 12-14-2015 12:59 AM


that looks awesome very good job. This is going into my favorites for sure. thanks for posting it!

- jburklow

What he said!

-- Ray

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luv2learn

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#5 posted 12-14-2015 01:18 AM

Great job on the build. I admire guys that build their own tools.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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DocSavage45

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#6 posted 12-14-2015 01:30 AM

As always your thinking, and building. How much time in the build?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 12-14-2015 01:40 AM

Great build. I love it!!

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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majuvla

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#8 posted 12-14-2015 04:36 AM

It’s so nicely coloured and simplyfied in it’s design, but still so efficient. All is very tidy and detailed, very smooth execution.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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geekwoodworker

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#9 posted 12-14-2015 01:50 PM

Thanks everyone.

Doc. Not sure how long it took. I have worked on it in spare time over 3 months.

It cost $15.00 to build. Had to buy bearings, springs, and the bolts. Everything else I had.

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DustandDirt

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#10 posted 12-14-2015 01:55 PM

Love the spline detail on the switch box!

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 12-14-2015 02:05 PM

It’s a nice shop built machine. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Lazyman

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#12 posted 12-14-2015 02:45 PM

I love shop built machines. I particularly like how quick and easy the belt changes are on this one. Very well thought out. I noticed that you were sanding an inside curve in your YouTube demo. You might want to consider making a convex platen to make that a little easier.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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geekwoodworker

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#13 posted 12-14-2015 02:49 PM

Thanks Lazyman. I plan on making a convex platen soon. I just got lazy and took a short cut (no pun intended).

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Lazyman

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#14 posted 12-14-2015 02:58 PM



Thanks Lazyman. I plan on making a convex platen soon. I just got lazy and took a short cut (no pun intended).

- geekwoodworker

Hah! I am all about lazy. I just looked at some of your other shop built machines. You build some fine stuff. After making my own belt sander recently, I’ve been thinking about making a jointer so I’m going to put that one in my favorites list.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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geekwoodworker

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#15 posted 12-14-2015 04:25 PM

Wow.

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