|Project by devann||posted 04-19-2016 05:14 PM||1310 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
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