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Project by soapmaker posted 272 days ago 3382 views 78 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built myself an edge sander/ bump sander/ call it whatever you want sander about three years ago. Thought I would share. It takes a 6×108” belt. I copied the tracking/tension mechanics off of an older Crouch sander I liked. Very simple, runs good, should have built it sooner. Sometimes you build a jig or tool (or buy one) just because you can, and then find its not really used very much. I have never regretted this build, I use it every time I go in the shop. I did upgrade the motor, what I started with would work if you were easy, but who wants to work that way.





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 272 days ago

Very nice sander. I’ll bet you get a lot of use out of it. I wish I had one lots of times!!
Nice useful project. Thanks for sharing!!................Jim

What is that, a 1 hp motor?

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

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GOOD LUCK TO ALL

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#2 posted 272 days ago

Very cool, looks good. I use mine almost everyday for something.
I didn’t realize how much I used it until I was broke into (many years ago) and had something in my hand and would go to use it but it was gone. It was one of the first things I replaced.
Nice Job!

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489tad

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#3 posted 272 days ago

That is just too slick!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 272 days ago

Very cool great job.

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CalgaryGeoff

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#5 posted 272 days ago

Timing is wild, just thinking about how to build one last night and today instructions show up with a perfect build, easy favorite for me. Very nice !!

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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eddie

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#6 posted 272 days ago

welcome to LJs ,cleaver love it

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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AttainableApex

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#7 posted 272 days ago

at my work i use a powermatic one and its amazing. i use it a lot, like really a lot for everything

-- Ben L

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corydoras

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#8 posted 272 days ago

Great build Soapmaker, I am in the starting pit of building one myself, and this has been a huge inspiration to get going. I agree on your thoughts on the usefullness of all the things we build, but i definately see this one as a workhorse that will serve you for many years

BTW: Do you use the skewing table, or is it mostly horizontal and mabye moved upwardrs as the belt wears out? I imagine that a skewed table would generate less heat in the same spot on the belt, but be more inconvenient to use due to the angle of the table?

best reg
C

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b2rtch

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#9 posted 272 days ago

soapmaker, be very welcome on Lumberjocks.
I really like your sander and its clever design but what about dust and dust collection?
I hate to think about how much dust is flying in your shop and in your lungs when you use this sander.

-- Bert

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HillbillyShooter

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#10 posted 272 days ago

Great project! I always admire those who can successfully build their own tools. Congratulations on a job very well deigned and accomplished.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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HuckD

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#11 posted 272 days ago

Great build!

-- Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 272 days ago

That’s a great addition to your shop. There’s nothing like having a tool or machine that you built yourself.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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hoss12992

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#13 posted 272 days ago

Great job, love it

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stefang

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#14 posted 272 days ago

I have a belt sander, but nothing near the size and usability of this monster. Great work and thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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antknee3491

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#15 posted 272 days ago

Enter the sandman!!

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