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BELT SANDER CHAMFER JIG.

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Project by Rich99 posted 10-26-2009 08:00 AM 5235 views 14 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a 6×48” belt sander, and when i try to use it to chamfer the corner of anything, I often get an uneven chamfer on it, coz my ability to visualize the angle is not what it should be, and also, without equal pressure across the width of the angle causes one end to have a thicker cut than the other.

So, I built this jig to clamp onto the sander, and be able to set my workpiece into it, and then apply pressure until the sanding belt does its job.

The jig has an adjustable ‘throat’ so i can change the thickness of the chamfer. Of the two 45 degree angle throat plates, one is Masonite and the other is 3/4” and is adjusted by way of wing nuts.

The jig is fitted to the width of the casting of the sander, and i use clamps on opposite corners to attach it to the sander. Works real slick.

(Pictures of the jig in use to follow.)

-- Far-North Wood-Works (a fantasy company)





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Splinterman

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#1 posted 10-26-2009 08:35 AM

Hey Rich,
Good for doing different sized box corners…..cool.

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SteveMI

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#2 posted 10-26-2009 02:35 PM

This is going onto my list.

I had made a mini-jig that just sat over the corner to act as stop for a hand sanding block. Way slow and still not as good as I wanted as it was sanding cross grain which required another sanding step before finishing.

Right now, I have just settled for square corners. This will give me another option.

Steve.

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RexMcKinnon

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#3 posted 10-26-2009 03:58 PM

Great jig. A few minor mods and it could be used for many other things too. Cutting splines for example.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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Kindlingmaker

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#4 posted 10-26-2009 04:26 PM

Great idea, good job.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#5 posted 10-26-2009 05:04 PM

Good Idea RicH Thanks for sharing

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#6 posted 10-26-2009 05:43 PM

Nice jig. If there is a will, there is a way.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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newTim

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#7 posted 10-26-2009 06:07 PM

Best new jig of October 2009. ;) Thanks for sharing it.

-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com

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Mike Gager

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#8 posted 10-26-2009 07:53 PM

good idea.

my problem with the belt sander is i usually end up slipping and sanding the end of my fingers.

its probably the most dangerous tool in my shop lol

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Rich99

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#9 posted 10-26-2009 11:23 PM

Thanx for all the compliments, everyone.

Mike— I’ve skinned my finger tips and knuckles too many times (they also get scraped on the concrete floor as I drag them along). It’s that damned sanding disc attached to the front of the machine, that i forget about and lean on or into, that does the real damage. I’m gonna make a cover for it.

Rex… cutting splines is what I really want to do. That’s next.

BTW, I’ve got a million of ‘em!

-- Far-North Wood-Works (a fantasy company)

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johan

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#10 posted 10-27-2009 10:50 PM

Thankyou for sharing.Ill be building one tomorrow.

-- Johan, South Africa, www.wildwoodboxes.co.za /www.knysnawoodworkers.co.za

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