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02-04-2016 08:52 PM

A few years ago I got some maple butcher block counter top remnants that I finally started turning into an end grain cutting board. My table saw if you call it that did not quite cut very straight and I was able to make 1 cutting board so far but as you could guess each block was a little different in thickness so I plan on using my belt sander (xmas gift) to level it if possible since I do not own a drum sander nor have access to one. Since this will be the first time I have done this I know there are some tricks and tips to help me and hope someone could share them with me if possible.
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Jerry

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#1 posted 02-04-2016 09:08 PM

A belt sander would be a great option. But don’t use a thickness planer, it could damage the machine, and the board.

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#2 posted 02-04-2016 09:29 PM

I don’t have a drum sander either and a belt sander is my only option. The key to minimum sanding is getting the pieces cut as straight and as close as possible to the same dimension before laminating. I start with a very aggressive grit (36) using my Porter Cable 4×24 belt sander and don’t always work in the same direction, keep rotating the work every one in a while. Be careful not to dig in by going too far off any side and allowing the sander to tip into the work, this is especially important with the more aggressive grits as the damage will be more severe and take that much more work to fix. Make sure you give the entire surface the same sanding time (and pressure) to keep from sanding it out of flat. I move through the grits, sometimes skipping (36, 60, 100, 150) and then switch to 180 with a random orbit sander, finishing with 220 or 240, then a coat of mineral oil and it’s done.

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#3 posted 02-04-2016 09:50 PM

Someone is going to say use a sled and a router to plane it flat. But I wonder if anyone has ever built a sanding sled, either for a belt sander or a random orbital?

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#4 posted 02-05-2016 12:12 AM

keep the sander moving-dont let it sit in one place. let the sander do the work-dont put any press8ure downward.
stop frequently and check progress. start with a higher grit. if 120 isnt working good, drop to 100 or 80 or lower. easier to take off too little and move down in grits than to start too low and remove too much.

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 02-05-2016 01:30 AM

Put pencil mark squiggles all over the surface before you start sanding. Then sand until all the marks are removed.

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#6 posted 02-05-2016 02:56 AM

http://m.finehomebuilding.com/how-to/use-a-belt-sander-frame.aspx
Sanding frames are made for belt sanders. They work well.

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#7 posted 02-05-2016 03:10 AM


Someone is going to say use a sled and a router to plane it flat. But I wonder if anyone has ever built a sanding sled, either for a belt sander or a random orbital?

- dhazelton

I was just thinking that when I got to your post! Come to think of it, I think somebody posted one a few days ago. I’ll try to find the link sometime when I’m not on my phone.

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#8 posted 02-05-2016 03:30 AM

Where can I find a sanding frame? I wasn’t aware they still made them.

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rick1955

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#9 posted 02-05-2016 04:21 AM

I’ve gotten them from Makita and I know Dewalt made them. They are also called sanding shoes.

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#10 posted 02-05-2016 04:35 AM

http://www.makitatools.com/en-us/modules/accessories/AccessoryDetails.aspx?ID=34475

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gfadvm

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#11 posted 02-05-2016 02:12 PM

Thanks Rick. They say Home Depot but I’ve not seen them there. May have to order. I appreciate the link!

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#12 posted 02-05-2016 04:01 PM

I called MakitaUS and they discontinued selling them in the states. Still available in Canada but they won’t ship to the states. Know anybody in Canada? Still available in the UK and they might ship here
Hate it when they discontinue a good product. It’s actually pretty easy nowadays to order from far off countries. I once ordered a laptop cover from Australia and I got it in a week.

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dhazelton

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#13 posted 02-05-2016 05:05 PM

Do you have the Makita that you can clamp upside down? You could always make a table out of plywood with a cutout for the belt and adjust it so it sits as close to flat with the platen as you can get.

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gfadvm

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#14 posted 02-05-2016 10:24 PM

Thanks for looking. I had the same luck. I think I could make one if I could find more pics that shows how it attaches.

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