Sanding Blocks using sanding belts

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 04-15-2017 10:44 PM 1222 views 6 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was given a full box of 3×24 Klingspor sanding belts and I don’t have a sander that size. I tried to sell them on line for a few months but found no one interested. Then I saw Mads’ project( ) for a sanding block using a sanding belt and so I made a couple of them…one for here and one for the Az shop. I used a 2×4 and cut it to 3” wide and put a 1/2” wide slot in the back cut at 2 degrees taper. I made 1/2” oak wedges with the same taper on them and make them to fit so that they stick out a bit on both sides when tight. I routed grooves in both side for gripping areas. You just need to tap the wedge on the bench to tighten or loosen.

They are finished with Danish oil. Thanks for the idea, Mads!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 04-16-2017 12:01 AM

That’s one way to put them to work Jim! Nicely done!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 04-16-2017 12:52 AM

Another fantastic solution.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 04-16-2017 01:09 AM


Good way to use those belts…

Just wondering… do you have the Slots (at end) cut on a slope to provide the Angle for the end Strips so the Belt to Wood contact staying the same?

I think I will eventually make some…

Thank you!

Happy Easter!

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#4 posted 04-16-2017 01:12 AM

always coming up with something new Jim :-) I like this one, great way to use up mismatched belts

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 04-16-2017 01:36 AM

I like the idea of the tapered slot in the end, leaves the top nice and solid.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#6 posted 04-16-2017 01:47 AM

Nice project, Jim!

They look “beefy” enough to really be able to get a good grip on them.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 04-16-2017 03:07 AM

Great build Jim. I may have to make one myself. Thanks for revisiting this project !!!

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#8 posted 04-16-2017 03:12 AM

nice job jim,i just bought a holder that does just what you did,where were you when I needed you-lol.nice work.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#9 posted 04-16-2017 03:14 AM

That’s one big sanding block Jim. Guess you can sand with it, or sand on it, depending what you are doing.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#10 posted 04-16-2017 03:31 AM

Great execution Jim. Good for Mads.
Thanks for sharing.

Happy easter, we have eaten ours already.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#11 posted 04-16-2017 04:23 AM

Great Idea and very practical Jim.


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#12 posted 04-16-2017 05:17 AM

Good one Jim.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#13 posted 04-16-2017 08:18 AM

Thanks for sharing the Great idea Jim

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#14 posted 04-16-2017 09:06 AM

It’s actualy very good idea!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 04-16-2017 12:14 PM

That’s a good way to use up them belts Jim. You can also cut them in strips and use them for spindle sanding on the lathe if they’re not too aggressive. Talk about a hand held belt sander, it’s been so long since I used mine I’m not sure what size or brand I have.

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

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