Best Belt Sander for the Job - NEED HELP

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Forum topic by Mossy_Horns posted 01-13-2015 02:38 AM 736 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-13-2015 02:38 AM

Hi all. I have some custom baseboard trim I need to make out of standard grade pine 1×4’s. See photos of the trim. I’m sure there are many ways to do this work, but I’m going to opt for using a belt sander. My question to the group is what size model would be better for this type of work a 3” x 21” or a 4” x 24”?

And also what grit sanding belt would be best to start with. I plan on using the belt sander to take care of the initial material removal and then finishing it using either using an orbital sander or by hand with a sponge block. I’ve never owned a belt sander before so want to make sure I get the best one for the job. Thanks for any help.

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#1 posted 01-13-2015 03:01 AM

A draw knife may be a better way to go. As far as belt sanders go I prefer using the 4×24’s myself but it depends on what fits you best. Lot of people prefer smaller easier to handle sanders.

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#2 posted 01-13-2015 06:36 PM

Thanks for the reply. Yeah, I thought about a draw knife but was worried about tear outs. Figured a sander was a safer way to go.

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