Mini Belt Sander upgrade

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Project by dansnow posted 12-28-2013 06:52 PM 1861 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I picked up this little 1” wide belt sander @ Harbor Freight for those occasional times when I need to sand an area I just can’t get to with my oscillating belt sander.
As you can see from picture #2, the little bitty 5” table that comes with it is pretty darn near useless. Needed to fix that.

Step 1 (Pic #3): Make a base from 3/4” birch ply, recesses for the rubber feet, a couple of bolts on the bottom plate, and clearance for the power cord.

Step 2 (Pic #4): Yup, that looks about right, add supports for the new table.

Step 3 (Pic #5 and #6): Make the new table approximately 10” square, from 1/2” MDF and laminated with 1/8” dry erase hardboard, drilled and installed 1/4” dowels to locate it on the supports.

I kept the sander complete except for removing the table, so just in case it dies during the first year I can easily remove it, and haul it back to Harbor Freight for a replacement.

Thanks for Looking

Happy New Year

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#1 posted 12-28-2013 08:37 PM

Nice improvement, Dan! I’ll bet it is square compared to the little table that comes with the sander!!

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

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#2 posted 12-29-2013 12:13 AM

Nice upgrade and well done : )

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#3 posted 12-29-2013 03:21 AM

I will be curious to hear what you think about this little sander.
HF power tools scare me. I use them for small stuff, but haven’t been impressed with the few power tools I have seen from them. Primarily I guess, is the motor powerful enough the handle a load and how durable is the frame and how tight is everything?

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#4 posted 12-29-2013 03:25 AM

I have one of those too. I like your table. I would have contemplated making one after seeing this, but i have started to use mine as a lathe chisel sharpener. I can match the angle of the bevel with the tilt table and roll the chisel over to get a pretty darn good edge.

Its a good little tool, and a hell of alot cheaper than a slow speed sharpening grinder setup.

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#5 posted 12-29-2013 04:00 AM

Lathe tool sharpener? Never thought of that! The way I designed this, it’d only take maybe 5 miinutes to pull it out and put the mini table back on! Thanks for the idea.

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#6 posted 12-29-2013 05:30 AM

Oh yeah, that thing will sharpen anything, sparks will fly with 120 or 220 grit belts. Its cool its removable, you can have the best of both worlds, however for the bowl gouges, you can use a light touch and freehand it. The stock table works good though.

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