|Project by barecycles||posted 10-23-2013 02:35 AM||3118 views||20 times favorited||14 comments|
While making one of the rental houses ready for tenants I ran across a sack of these:
A lot were used but many were brand new, unopened sanding belts. The only problem is, I don’t have a belt sander. I know, any self-respecting woodworker would immediately run out and buy a new belt sander but I don’t know the meaning of the word self-respecting (come to think of it, I don’t know the meaning to a lot of words).
Even so, I devised a plan. I have been collecting Shopnotes for quite a long time and I made a deal with myself that I would try to take an issue each week and make something out of the magazine. Lo and behold, the very first issue has an article on how to make a sanding block with belt sander belts. The article uses a 3” x 21” belt and many of the belts were that size.
It uses a scrap piece of 2×4, a dowel and springs. Here are my unsuspecting pieces:
I trim the 2×4 to 3” to match the belt width.
I cut the 2×4 to 8-3/4” and bevel one end to ease installing the belt.
Then drill holes for the dowels and cut about 1” off the end.
Glue in the dowels.
Slide on the springs. Put the two pieces back together and it’s ready for the belt.
It’s a big, beefy sanding block and the spring tension keeps the belt in place. I also like being able to just rotate the belt around the block when I need fresh grit.
So, until I break down and get a new belt sander, I’ll be using these belts like this.
-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas