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I needed a belt sander wide enough to sand down the corners of my box joints flush to the sides of the boxes I make. I had the belt custom made at an online store that does that, and I designed and built the sander. The sanding belt is 12” wide and 48” long.


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htl

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#1 posted 11-10-2016 02:07 AM

Cool!!! putting your SS to good use.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#2 posted 11-10-2016 02:11 AM

Great tool. You will not believe how much you will use it.

-- just rjR

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#3 posted 11-10-2016 02:36 AM

Why not just use a hand plane? Do have to admit to using that evil sandpaper on rare occasions! LOL!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 11-10-2016 02:49 AM

This is neat Jerry. Good job.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#5 posted 11-10-2016 03:00 AM

Very nice, the way to go!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#6 posted 11-10-2016 03:19 AM



Cool!!! putting your SS to good use.

- htl

I keep finding new ways to use it, it’s a great addition to my shop, and in the first days, it WAS my shop.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#7 posted 11-10-2016 03:20 AM



Great tool. You will not believe how much you will use it.

- ralbuck

I think I will use it almost every project.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#8 posted 11-10-2016 03:22 AM



Why not just use a hand plane? Do have to admit to using that evil sandpaper on rare occasions! LOL!

- Andre

I have several hand planes and I love them, but flushing box joint ends, even when the blade is razor sharp, is risky for tearout, and this is so fast!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#9 posted 11-10-2016 03:22 AM



This is neat Jerry. Good job.

- firefighterontheside

Thanks Bill.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#10 posted 11-10-2016 03:23 AM



Very nice, the way to go!

- oldrivers

Thanks!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#11 posted 11-10-2016 04:35 AM

Cool, Jerry! What material are you using for the rollers? What speed do you set the ShopSmith?

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 11-10-2016 04:47 AM

Hats off for this Jerry. That’s a great idea. Is that spring on the side for tracking?

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#13 posted 11-10-2016 04:57 AM



Cool, Jerry! What material are you using for the rollers? What speed do you set the ShopSmith?

- CFrye

Originally I bought two rollers with bearings from Mcmaster Carr, but I ruined one of them, so I made the drive bearing out of PVC. I put plastic end caps in it reinforced with plywood. I used a piece of steel rod for the axle and some bearings I bought at Wilco are epoxied into the wood.

So far I’m using it at a slower speed, the speed setting for disk sanding. It seems to be adequate for my purpose and I don’t want to stress the thing too much.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#14 posted 11-10-2016 04:59 AM



Hats off for this Jerry. That s a great idea. Is that spring on the side for tracking?

- doubleDD

Yes, the springs are captive and identical. I positioned the brackets for them in exactly the same place on both sides and just let the spring tension decide what the belt tension would be. It didn’t work out perfectly but I’m able to adjust the tracking by tightening or loosening the nuts.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#15 posted 11-10-2016 05:27 AM

It’s nice to have a wide belt sander and a shop built one is even better.
I am probably going to need to copy this soon as my Craftsman 4” wide sander is very old and the bearings are starting to scream! I don’t have a Shopsmith but I do have some motors.

What did you use for the two rollers?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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