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Forum topic by bandit571 posted 04-23-2011 02:29 AM 3846 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-23-2011 02:29 AM

Went out to the shop, I had a new ($.97) belt for the sander to wear out. I set up the sander in my vise and ran the belt, getting it to stay on track. Once that was done, time to work on some chisels. I have an older Veritas honing guide, and set things up with that. Started up the sander by locking the the trigger “on”. Set up the first chisel with the honing guide, and started “grinding” the bevel’

Picture shows the set-up. Sander was off for the picture. I guide the honing guide with both hands, and keep two fingers on the blade of the chisel. Why? If the blade gets too hot for the fingertip, it’s too hot for the metal. After grinding a new edge, it’s off to the oil stones. Sander also is just long enough for myblock plane to sit on, so I polished the sole of it while I was at it. A few pictures off the “victums”...!!

Just some old chisels, but that’s all I need to get some work done.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 04-23-2011 04:57 AM

how do you keep the belt sander form “eating up” the fixture that you ae using to hold your chisles ???

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#2 posted 04-23-2011 05:33 AM

The honing guide has a brass roller in the bottom. Roller just rolls along as I go. Belt sander has an adjustable handle, and can be locked into almost any position. I lock it in the 90 degree slot, and clamp the handle in the vise.

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#3 posted 04-23-2011 05:41 AM

Well it’s been done that way with out the guide for many years. One of the very famous woodworkers and teacher use to free hand his chisels on a belt sander all the time, Tage Frid.

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#4 posted 04-24-2011 06:30 AM

Great use for a worn belt. good post

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#5 posted 04-25-2011 08:29 AM

Bandit, here are my comments fwiw:- In the absence of at least a bench grinder this is a method one can use even though it is comparatively inefficient. I say “inefficient” because the woodworking belt SANDER runs at fpm (feet per minute) speeds way below those required to efficiently GRIND metal.
A metal working belt GRINDER runs at fpm speeds of around 1500 or more and you find that the work piece remains cool , metal disappears fast and only the lightest pressure is required.
Now, a neat and cheap belt grinder for wood workers is available that uses a one inch wide belt and has suitable plattens- this was intended primarily for wood turners but it is good for many other applications. It can easliy replace one of those cheap and nasty bench grinders seen in every shop all over the world.
I suggest that if you ran your sander with a new belt, plus some extra care, you don’t need to use a honing guide- a degree or two on either side of 25 is not going to make a difference.

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#6 posted 04-25-2011 01:40 PM

I have frequently used a belt sander to touch up my chisels that I use for home remodeling work, but the chisels I use for furniture making I prefer to use stones.

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#7 posted 04-25-2011 02:33 PM

The reason I use the honing guide is I’m terrible at holding a free-hand angle, they tend to turn out rounded, instead of flat. Yep, that is a brand new belt ( or was, after I got done with it). Gave a whole $.97 for it at Menards. After I’m done with the chisel on the sander, I leave the guide in place, and go right to the stones. If needed, the guide has indexes to make micro bevels. There is also a bench grinder sitting right beside the vise, if needed. Grit on the belt (was) 100 grit.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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