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Project by cstrang posted 431 days ago 4724 views 51 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.





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chadgr

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#1 posted 431 days ago

Very well built congrats im sure you will get many years of use use out of that

-- "There are 4 ways to make a piece of lumber into a wood object, the right way, the wrong way, the woodworking way and my way." Chad Griffiths

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stefang

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#2 posted 431 days ago

Super nice work on this. A great tool to have too. Even the logo looks professional.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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redryder

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#3 posted 431 days ago

My hat is always off to anyone who makes a shop built machine. I have never tried anything like that. It must be very satisfying to have it work for you. Looks like a great size. Well done…......................

-- mike...............

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Dadzor

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#4 posted 431 days ago

Great project, buddy. Looks like a professional job to me. Ever consider making a kit with plans to sell. I know there’s a market out there. And old washing machines and dryer motors are easy to come by and they last forever.

Just a thought. Thanks for sharing.

-- You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture; just get people to stop reading them. -- Ray Bradbury

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cstrang

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#5 posted 431 days ago

Id love to sell a kit with plans and all, but unfortunately its not my design to sell… I already bought it off someone else and tweaked it to suit my needs, I woud imagine there would be a good market for it though.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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Dadzor

55 posts in 1618 days


#6 posted 431 days ago

Yeah, I see your point. As I said above, great project!

-- You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture; just get people to stop reading them. -- Ray Bradbury

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cstrang

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#7 posted 431 days ago

thanks!

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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Dez

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#8 posted 431 days ago

Sweet! Nicely done!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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bugz

768 posts in 1163 days


#9 posted 431 days ago

Super build, great when all works out. I have a grizzly edge sander and it is my go to sander. Decal and all, very nice, thanks for sharing, Bob

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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jap

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#10 posted 431 days ago

amazing!

-- Joel

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GenerationWW

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#11 posted 431 days ago

Nice build!

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Grumpy

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#12 posted 431 days ago

Well done CS, should last you years

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Robsshop

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#13 posted 431 days ago

Very sharp looking build, and a great machine to have in the shop. Should get many years of use and service out of that workhorse !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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lew

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#14 posted 431 days ago

Nice Job, Chris!!

I’m sure it will get plenty of use and make your life a lot easier.

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

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grizzman

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#15 posted 431 days ago

hey chris, this is a fantastic tool, you did a great job, i would not mind having one myself, yea i really like the logo also, nice air brush job, and a little extra kick in the motor , good idea…enjoy it…thanks for showing it, hope your doing good, enjoying work…have you gotten any winter there, i know the east coast just got pounded…not sure what winter is like there….have a good week…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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