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Forum topic by wmgworks posted 12-27-2015 05:21 PM 418 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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wmgworks

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12-27-2015 05:21 PM

I’m planning on making a few stands to turn my portable belt sander into a stationary one. As a beginner, I’m puzzled as the when you would use the various positions I’ve seen belt sanders orientated. I’ve seen horizontal belt up, horizontal on it’s side and vertical. Throw into that a disc sander. Can someone enlighten me on when to use the various positions?

I see the benefit of a 1” vertical belt sander to get inside tiny places and a spindle sander for curves, so I’m good there at least.

-- Butchering wood since 2015


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#1 posted 12-28-2015 07:55 AM

Hate to be that guy, but it’s gonna be best a different way every few times. I’d do something where you can get at least on it’s side and vertical though, those are the ones I prefer, but if I had to go for just one I’d say the classic up and down.

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#2 posted 12-28-2015 08:17 AM

I think for the most part it is a matter of personal preference. The important item would be to be able to have a table / fence that can be adjusted to be 90 degrees to the belt. Sometimes you may want the table to be across the width of the belt and sometimes you may want it running the length of the belt.

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#3 posted 12-28-2015 06:14 PM



Hate to be that guy, but it s gonna be best a different way every few times. I d do something where you can get at least on it s side and vertical though, those are the ones I prefer, but if I had to go for just one I d say the classic up and down.

- NicHartman

Since I would build the various stands I am not limited to which one I chose. I’d make one hang upside down if I thought I could get a use out of it :D I’m just wondering when to use each of the various positions

-- Butchering wood since 2015

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#4 posted 12-28-2015 06:18 PM



I think for the most part it is a matter of personal preference. The important item would be to be able to have a table / fence that can be adjusted to be 90 degrees to the belt. Sometimes you may want the table to be across the width of the belt and sometimes you may want it running the length of the belt.

- WoodNSawdust

I’ve seen a lot of people with the horizontal/belt up so it’s flat position and I can see this as a benefit for sanding edges. I also get what you’re saying about the 90 degree work surface. So are you saying that you could do the same stuff with the belt vertical or the sander on it’s side and it’s just a mattter of personal preference?

-- Butchering wood since 2015

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#5 posted 12-28-2015 09:07 PM

I have two Harbor Freight stationary belt sanders. 6”x48” belt. I have them set up in the vertical position. The belt is traveling downward. I do not have the disc sander installed on them because I find all disc sanders to run too fast and burn the wood too easily. This is the most used tool in my shop. I am making small cedar boxes with images inlaid into the hinged lids.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#6 posted 12-28-2015 09:16 PM



I have two Harbor Freight stationary belt sanders. 6”x48” belt. I have them set up in the vertical position. The belt is traveling downward. I do not have the disc sander installed on them because I find all disc sanders to run too fast and burn the wood too easily. This is the most used tool in my shop. I am making small cedar boxes with images inlaid into the hinged lids.

- Jim Finn

Thanks for sharing, Jim. Would you be able to accomplish the same thing with the belt sander on it’s side? I ask because I have seen a few different setups where a hinge lets the belt sander go from being flat/belt up to being on it’s side with a work surface. I can see how maybe in a vertical position with the belt spinning down it would help to keep the piece on the work surface, though, and on it’s side you may have a little less control?

-- Butchering wood since 2015

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