|Project by Druid||posted 06-11-2016 11:00 PM||1208 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
While I do have a versatile, nicely built Sander/Grinder (photo 4), sanding the longer edges of some parts remains a bit of a challenge at times. So, I decided to try a low-tech approach by making a simple holder for the same 1” x 42” sanding belts that I use on the Sander/Grinder.
I simply cut a piece of MDF shelving (with laminate on both sides) to about 20½” x 5”, with one end cut at 90° across, and the opposite end cut at approximately 80° (photo 2). These dimensions allow me to slide one of the sanding belts onto the board so that it tightens as I move it towards the rear (longer) edge. As the belt eventually becomes worn, it’s a simple matter of moving it forwards to loosen it, re-position it to a fresh length, and re-tighten it as before. Changing belts for different grits is just as easy.
Since this was a quick build, I did not add a 90° fence to ensure square edges, but a pair of clamps and a guide block should take care of that if needed. The laminated MDF maintains a suitably flat surface for this purpose, and I usually clamp it to the top of my tablesaw (photo 1) to maintain stability during use.
-- John, British Columbia, Canada