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15" x18" FLAT SANDER

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Project by kiefer posted 12-04-2013 09:30 PM 2765 views 12 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was at a tool store a while ago and saw these five packs of 15” x39.5” belts on sale $10 29 for a pack of five so I grabbed a pack but had no idea what I would use them for ,lucky me .

This is my version of a sander to flatten down boxes after the lid and bottom have been separated and also to level the feet if the box has a rock too it .
Well a piece of 3/4” MDF cut to fit the belt over and another piece of 1/4” pre finished MDF to go between the belt and the 3/4” MDF to tension the belt and have it nice and flat end to end .
The is cloth back which makes it much tougher then paper back and I can use both sides .

To hold the sander in place I drilled a couple of 1” holes and clamped to my work /router table using the vise and a couple of round bench dogs ,nice and solid .
While I was at it I made a little holder to keep my bench dogs handy on the side of the table .
This is much nicer then the board I had before with two sheets of sandpaper stuck to it and stores on the wall just nice but set up in seconds and another useful addition to my little work centre .

-- Kiefer 松





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#1 posted 12-04-2013 09:43 PM

Fantastic idea. I have some oddball belts around, looks like I need to do this also. Thanks for posting this.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#2 posted 12-04-2013 10:11 PM

Great use of those inexpensive belts Kiefer. I use a sanding board quite a lot and for the same things you use yours for. It’s great for tiny adjustments on miter cuts too and a host of other stuff as well.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 12-04-2013 10:13 PM

Now that is a GREAT idea. Guess what I am on the hunt for now? LOL

It always amazes me how tools/materials developed for one particular thing can be used in another completely unique way. Good buy and great thinking.

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#4 posted 12-04-2013 10:14 PM

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#5 posted 12-04-2013 10:17 PM

Nice. I have to remember this one.
Thanks,
Steve

And I always loose my wooden bench dogs. Another great idea.

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#6 posted 12-04-2013 11:27 PM

Very smart idea my friend !
That will suit your purposes nicely !

-- Eric, central Florida

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#7 posted 12-04-2013 11:55 PM

You can buy large sanding sheets (in a variety of grits) at places that rent floor sanders. This type…

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#8 posted 12-05-2013 01:10 AM

Nice gong. That sounds like a real buy on that much sand paper!. I would guess those belts run $10 each normally!!
Great way to put that large are to good use!!

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

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#9 posted 12-05-2013 03:00 AM

Great idea, no question about it. I have used 4 sheets of 9×12’’ sandpaper together for a couple of projects when needed. Never thought of using a large sanding belt. Thanks for sharing

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 12-05-2013 03:38 AM

Great job buddy, Im sure that will come in handy. I can see one being made for my shop soon

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#11 posted 12-05-2013 05:06 AM

Way better than my solution. I use hand screws with a full sheet on a piece of MDF

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#12 posted 12-05-2013 05:27 AM

Nice thinking Klaus but we’ve all come to expect that from you.
You never disappoint.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglas boats he would have given us fibrerglas trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#13 posted 12-05-2013 09:28 AM

Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#14 posted 12-05-2013 12:55 PM

Very handy… Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#15 posted 12-05-2013 02:08 PM

What a great idea!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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