|Project by cstrang||posted 02-09-2013 07:34 PM||6586 views||55 times favorited||40 comments|
This is my shop made edge belt sander that I started to make when I was in college about three years ago. I brought it home after I graduated and it sat in the garage up until a few weeks ago, I just never had the time to work on it but I finally got sick of not having a stationary belt sander so I got to finishing it.
I cant remember how I stumbled upon wanting to build this, however I am thinking that Lumberjocks had something to do with it! I downloaded the plans from plans now I changed a few things, thicker sanding platforms made of plywood wrapped in solid rather than all solid, longer springs than the plans called for to achieve the tension I wanted, different a dust collection port as well as using poplar for the roolers instead of layered MDF as suggested in the plans . Other than those changes its all made according to the plans. If I had my time back I probably would have used particle board or plywood instead of MDF for the simple fact that it holds a screw better.
I got most of the materials from school, MDF, birch, maple and the motor I got from my teacher and the rest of the parts came from McMaster Carr. The plans give you a full parts and materials list. It calles for a 3/4 HP motor but I put a 1 HP motor off a King Canada jointer school wasn’t using anymore.
As for the logo, maybe I have too much time on my hands. I have been playing around with my old airbrush lately and I figured this would be a good time to break it out and pop a logo on the front, since all my other tools have logos I dont want this fella to feel left out. It stands for shop made tools.
Long story short it works great! just as good as the one we have at work. If I had to buy all the materials I think I would be into this about 400 – 500 bucks, not including the motor, since school paid for most of the materials I have about $200 into it, not bad as far as im concerned. I have a video of it working here it wasnt finished when I made the video and I was having a couple minor tracking issues as you can see but I have those straightned out now… just some fine tuning. Thanks for looking!
-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.