Belt sander on a bandsaw?

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Forum topic by Echofive posted 09-23-2009 05:07 PM 5548 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-23-2009 05:07 PM

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My space to work in is limited, so I don’t really have room for a bench belt sander. I have a 10” bandsaw…. I would love to have a sanding belt to fit my bandsaw. Obviously it can’t be more than an inch or inch and a half wide, but for my use I don’t need a 4” wide belt. Does anyone know if these are made?

-- Chip, Virginia

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#1 posted 09-23-2009 06:09 PM

I see where you’re going with this. I have never seen one, but you could try it out.

I use harbor fright for some things, and this is one. This stuff is kinda stiff, but it might work. Take off your blade, wrap this tight and staple it together. I would recommend loosening up the guides, the join will be thick and could snag.

This stuff is available at many places, I used this for an example.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#2 posted 09-23-2009 08:11 PM

It can certainly be done – a quick Google turned up references to an old Craftsman bandsaw specifically sold as being a belt sander as well. Also a UK supplier selling sanding bands and stuff it seems to fit on your bandsaw.

I guess a lot depends on what sort of sanding you want to do. Any sort of flat sanding would need some sort of plate behind the belt to support it. On the other hand a free or slackish belt might be very good to use for shaping free hand rounded edges.

There’s more low cost sanding solutions here:

You can do quite a lot with an electric belt sander (the power tool variety) mounted upside down on the bench too…

-- Late awakener....

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#3 posted 09-23-2009 11:35 PM

Years ago The Delta 14” band saw had a belt sanding attachment. The belt was 93 1/2 ” long and I believe 1/2” wide. There was some type of a guide that was attached somewhere / somehow where the roller guides are. I had some of the belts but never got the attachment. Not sure where to even look for one these days or if you did find one if it would adapt to your saw??

-- Mark,

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#4 posted 09-24-2009 12:23 AM

Thanks Mark, I’ll look into that Delta saw… see if I can get some reference info.

Ondablade, All I found were bandsaw blades on, and hand sanding tools won’t give me the uniformity or precision. But thanks…

Hairy… those emery cloths COULD work. How would you affix them together at the ends? Superglue is all I can think

I appreciate the replies, fellas

-- Chip, Virginia

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#5 posted 09-24-2009 12:24 AM

Try them. They make custom sanding belts.

Also, Woodworkers Supply has belts that fit a Delta 14” bandsaw. I know that’s not your size but it might give you an idea how it works.


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#6 posted 09-24-2009 12:31 AM

found my old getting the most out of your band saw scroll book published in the 1950”s by Rockwell. I scanned a couple of pages, one has a picture of the attachment the other how to make your own belts.
Looks like I need to open a flickr account to upload them to be able to post them here?

-- Mark,

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#7 posted 09-24-2009 12:34 AM

I have a flickr account but I don’t ever remember having to log in for it or anything in order to upload pictures.

-- Chip, Virginia

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