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Project by EMVarona posted 1114 days ago 3942 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought of mounting the belt sander on a fix base when smoothening off shapes, miter cuts, and squaring off small pieces. For this particular brand and model of belt sander it’s simple since the sanding surface is perfectly 90 degrees in relation to the table top when positioned on its side. In the first photo, the round hole insures that ventilation is unhampered. The sander is held steady in place by two screws and wing nuts (pic 3). A separate board is clamped next to the sanding surface. For the moment I use movable guides clamped on the board. The rounded end of the belt (shown in pic 5) is just perfect of sanding curves. With the appropriate jigs and tool holders it can also serve as a sharpener.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#1 posted 1114 days ago

Great idea and implemeentation!

Thanks for sharing.

-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 1114 days ago

That is a good modification to give you a table belt sander. That is a better way to run it because if it was vertical, it sands across the grain most of the time. This way you go with the grain! Good thinking!....Jim

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

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#3 posted 1114 days ago

Great idea and ingenuity!

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#4 posted 1114 days ago

Slick solution.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#5 posted 1114 days ago

Nicely done

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#6 posted 1114 days ago

Very well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 1113 days ago

If the base is just clamped to the bench as it apears to be in the picture…What good does the ventilation hole do?

-- Psalm19:1

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#8 posted 1113 days ago

I used to think putting a belt sander in a vise was silliness….until I tried it! This is a wonderful fixture you’ve made.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 1113 days ago

Nice job! I am going to try Bertha’s vice trick.

-- --bch

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#10 posted 1113 days ago

I have put mine in the vice before, too. This seems more stable and safe. Definitely going to try this.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#11 posted 1113 days ago

Thank you, Guys.
aschmidy2003, you are absolutely right. While it works the way it is, I have considered propping it up about an inch to provide better ventilation. Similarly, the board work surface positioned adjacent to the sander would have to be raised. Good suggestion, thank you.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#12 posted 1113 days ago

Good job. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jiri

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#13 posted 1111 days ago

Very nice Ed. Very cool idea.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#14 posted 1111 days ago

Thanks, Armand. I have made improvements on it already based on the comment of aschmidy2003

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#15 posted 592 days ago

I will be implementing this idea soon. Thanks for sharing

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