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TZH

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02-10-2011 07:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tip question trick resource recycle sander sanding drum belt sander replacement sleeves drum sander sanding sleeves sanding finishing shaping arts and crafts rustic

I go through a bunch of sanding belts when using my belt sander (they eventually snap apart at the seam), but there’s still a whole lotta grit left on most of them. Up till now, I’ve just tossed them in the trash when this happens, but was wondering if anyone has ever re-used them as drum sander sleeves? I have a set of three pneumatic drum sanders of varying sizes and the replacement sleeves are a little too pricey for my “on the cheap” tastes. I thought I might be able to cut the sanding belt to the same length as the circumference of the drum sander, and maybe use packing tape inside to hold it together. If anyone in LJs has any experience with anything like this, I’d really appreciate some feedback. Thanks.

TZH

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On


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bobkberg

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#1 posted 02-10-2011 10:19 PM

Yes – I do exactly that! I have one of the drum sanders that you cut paper to fit.

It IS a pain to the the things in, but because of the heavy backing, they last a lot longer than regular paper.

-- Bob www.singularengineering.com - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#2 posted 02-11-2011 04:10 AM

I have one of the drum sanders Bob has and that is the way to go for recycling old belts. I’ve had no luck regluing, taping or any other form of fastening old belts together. I also use them for sharpening chisels and plane blades with plate glass. I also used them on block sanders and sheet palm sanders.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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brianinpa

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#3 posted 02-11-2011 04:46 AM

I do not have a drum sander, but I can not throw them away either. I just use them for hand sanding or for sanding turning projects on the lathe. Sooner or later I am going to have to clean out my drawer.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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cabmaker

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#4 posted 02-11-2011 04:55 AM

I cross slice em with a knife and use them for sanding on the lathe. Good and fast.

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TZH

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#5 posted 02-11-2011 05:52 AM

Everyone, thanks for the feedback. Good uses all. Bobkberg and Gregn: Was wondering what you call the drum sander you guys are talking about, or maybe if you could tell me where I might be able to find one. Thanks.

TZH

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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TJ65

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#6 posted 02-11-2011 06:06 AM

I have a oscilating sander that I made up a sleeve to do smaller grits, it also works for reusing the belts. Basically it is a piece of hose that fits snuggly with a slit down the side to allow the paper to slide in then located by the washer and nut at the top. Also if you do small stuff like intarsia etc. I have a piece of wood that has been covered in various grits of paper/belts it is good just to wipe things over to get the fuzzys off. the belts as they are material backed are always better than the paper.

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Gregn

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#7 posted 02-11-2011 07:15 AM

These are it.
http://www.ptreeusa.com/sandingdrums.htm

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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Pop

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#8 posted 02-11-2011 07:47 AM

I use them on my Table Saw angle guide, my push blocks and anywhere I need a good gripping surface. I use ‘em for sanding too.

Pop

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#9 posted 02-11-2011 08:44 AM

carefull if your sander has sole made of lead, youre gonna get toxic lead dust all over you hands.

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Pop

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#10 posted 02-11-2011 07:04 PM

Hi Greedo, I’ve been woodworking for going on 60 years and I’ve never seen a power sander with a lead sole or back-up plate. Now I’m curious. What brand or brands and how old are the lead sole machines you are talking about?

Pop

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TZH

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#11 posted 02-11-2011 07:58 PM

Pop,

I’m curious, too, about the brand or brands that use lead.

TZH

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#12 posted 02-11-2011 09:23 PM

Aren’t most of them graphite these days instead of lead?

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#13 posted 02-11-2011 09:35 PM

I use them and my other mostly worn out sandpaper at the lathe.

-- Happiness is being covered in sawdust

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Pop

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#14 posted 02-11-2011 10:03 PM

Most are steel. Very few have graphite. Most of the use of graphite is after market stick-ons. Lead has been outlawed for a good many years now. Any machines that used it as a back-up plate would have to have some age on ‘em. I’ve never seen such a thing. That’s not to say they don’t exist and I would like to know who and when.

Pop

-- One who works with his hands is a laborer, his hands & head A craftsman, his hands, head & heart a artist

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Greedo

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#15 posted 02-11-2011 10:29 PM

oh my mistake then, by the looks of my bosch belt sander sole i thought it was lead!
but i guess it’s graphite, though it shines and bends like it was lead.
i may use the belts then, though my fingers are all black if i touch them and i get it all over the wood

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