a box for a small belt sander

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Project by jjempson posted 1470 days ago 1817 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

when i get this sander for a secondhand shop it was complete apart from a box to put it in…useing some quatersawn oak i proceded to cut th dovetails useing a japanese saw. the top and base rebated and glued into place…at the split point i had made the dovetail a good 1mm wider to allow for the saw cut… the handle i enjoyed the most to make… i used a piece of oak about 1 3/4 thick and 3” wide and riped it into strips…i then alternated the strips but kept them in order of sequence..this increased the strength and removed any short grain lining up…once the shape had been finished i used a dove tail cutter on a router table and machined both sides of the base of the handle to produce a dovetail… i then carefully ran the cutter through the center of the lid… with a few adjustments the handle slid into place snuggley…bit of glue and some polih it was finished .

-- jjempson

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#1 posted 1470 days ago

And befor any one says anything….since this photo the screws have been replaced with the proper brass…finances dictate when i can upgrade fixtures … :)

-- jjempson

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#2 posted 1470 days ago

Nice box. I love that heavy duty handle. Hey belt sanders, even smaller ones are heavy. Great dovetails too.

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#3 posted 1470 days ago

Great box to hold your sander. Certainly looks like it will perform its function admirably. I like the handle, too – I’d guess that it will never break! Dovetails look nice – in fact, the whole box looks very nice!

Good job!


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#4 posted 1470 days ago

Very nice job on your box. Looks good.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#5 posted 1469 days ago

you sure makes some niice resting places for your tools
thanks for sharing them


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#6 posted 1451 days ago

That’s a real nice tool box. I like everything about it. Good work.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 1449 days ago

thank you all. i enjoy wood work and just making stuff…a dovetail box for a beltsander is probably a bit over the top…...but this is the main point…i just dont care…its fun and its nice to look at.. need to push my hand skills further and so on.. thank you all for your comments on alll my projects…it maens alot.if any one has eny suggestions on what i could try next it would be appreciated

-- jjempson

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#8 posted 1449 days ago

its not just for joy
its great to see someone take care of the tools
I have seen too many abused tools destroyd by tossing them in the van everyday


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