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Project by devann posted 04-19-2016 05:14 PM 1264 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

No, this isn’t a project about a seat for a quarter mile hot rod. It’s about a fixture I built to hold my belt sander, called a Black & Decker Dragster. The purpose of the belt sander holder is to allow for sanding/shaping of items at a job site when a fixed tool in desired for accomplishing the task at hand.

I don’t typically buy any orange Black & Decker products, I consider them “throw away” tools. But my brother bought one and we liked the tool design. The little wheel up front and a bigger one at the rear works pretty well. It’s great for fast material removal. The sander also has a “hood/bonnet” out front that flips up allowing for more options about how to use the tool. It uses the 3×21” belt.

After my previous belt sander wore out I decided to but one too. Besides the design, price was a big selling point. I could buy 3 Dragsters for the price of one of my old sander. I’d buy this sander again. This sander is several years old. I guess they still make them?

This is my second go at making a horizontal belt sander holder. The first one I made for my brother. I got the direction of the sander wrong. The sander had to be removed from the holder to change the belt. The first one was made entirely out of wood making it a bit heavier.

It’s basically a large plywood base that can be screwed or clamped to a table, workbench, or saw horses. I use plywood mounted T-nuts screwed to a metal frame to hold the sander in place, by the adjustable front handle of the sander. The sander can be easily removed using two screws, even with the adjustable material rest in place. The material rest is removable to allow for sanding larger pieces. The sander hangs past the base in two axis. Front and right side, again to allow for sanding larger pieces when necessary.

Thanks for taking a look and criticism and comments are welcome. I’m always looking for a better way to build.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with





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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 04-20-2016 02:06 AM

Does the belt wear on the metal holding it?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 04-20-2016 02:44 AM

No Bob, there is about a 3/32” gap. I taped a thin piece of wood to the belt when I setup the material rest. The rest is removable too.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#3 posted 04-20-2016 03:06 AM

Good job. Should remove a lot of material quick.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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devann

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#4 posted 04-20-2016 03:08 AM

Here’s a picture without the material rest.

The black cover on top of the front of the belt flips open to allow for grinding an inside radius. That’s why the sander hangs over the edge of the base. The smaller wheel at the front of the sander really does remove material a lot faster than my old standard sander.

Also in this photo is the leftover circular saw depth adjustment bracket. I used it on this project in the same manner as a saw to allow for adjustable angle settings of the material rest. It can be seen in the 3rd photo above.

I had to make a new bracket for the table saw I recently built when I changed the blade size from a 7 1/4” to a 10” blade. The 10” blade would not retract clear of the table saw surface with the shorter factory bracket.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#5 posted 05-12-2016 01:08 PM

Nice job on the sander mount, Derrell. I like the ability to tilt the table. I may have to incorporate something like that to my table. I had planned to make different thickness blocks to raise the table so I use all of the belt. A tilt should be ease to add when I get a lull in projects.

thanks, Jim

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

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#6 posted 05-21-2016 03:11 AM

Thanks Jim, I finally got to use it yesterday. The plastic “hood’ and the small front wheel was the determining factor. The “hood”, that black plastic panel on the front of the belt flips open allowing exposure to the top of the belt has it spins under the sander. In the Photoshop above it is shown in the closed position.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#7 posted 05-26-2016 05:06 AM

Well folks, judging from my previous comment (#6) there is a good example of why one should not use their cell phone to post comments to the site. Lesson learned.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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