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    1" beltsander/grinder

    1" Belt Sander/Grinder



    I built a beltsander for a 1" belt, to be able to sand very tight spots on some plywood figures I made.
    This unit turned out to be very useful.

    Video in the bottom of the post!!

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    All the parts are made from baltic birch plywood and a few bearings along with nuts and bolts.
    The powertrain is an old corded powerdrill.

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    The right side of the sander contains a dust port, and is removable for belt change.

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    A thin support platen is installed behind the lower half of the belt, and the upper part can be used for flex sanding.

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    The wheels are plywood discs turned on the lathe.
    This is the upper wheel that is used for tightening the belt, and for the tracking.

    1" beltsander/grinder-wheel.jpg

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    The left side cover, housing the powerdrill, has the power switch as well as vent holes for the heat dissipation for the motor.

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    I also made some plans/measured drawings available for the sander if you would like to build it yourself.

    1" beltsander/grinder-belt-sander.jpg

    And a couple of videos on Youtube showing assembly and showing it in action:



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    Very nice build!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuomas View Post
    Very nice build!
    Thank you Sir.
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    Thanks Bellevue Woodshop! We've added your Belt Sander to our Sanding category,
    as well as to your builder page: Bellevue Woodshop's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:




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    Bellevue Woodshop,

    This is a very unique build that most of us could attempt to make in our shops using materials at hand. I like your powertrain using an old corded powerdrill.

    Thank you for your tool inspiration and providing lots of details.

    Paul Jones

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Jones View Post
    Bellevue Woodshop,

    This is a very unique build that most of us could attempt to make in our shops using materials at hand. I like your powertrain using an old corded powerdrill.

    Thank you for your tool inspiration and providing lots of details.

    Paul Jones
    Yup it should be do-able for everybody. Main reason for building this is also that these are rarely available her in Norway, and if you get them, they are waaaay to expensive.
    Thanks for the kind feedback Paul
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    Nice build, love ingenuity

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    Comments are always welcome

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    That is one nice build! Looks like a device suitable for the show room.

    I must ask about the motor though, does it supply suitable power? The reason I ask is because the Grizzly unit I purchased is so under powered that it is basically useless even for wood working. I'm actually thinking about repowering with a larger motor or just making a new one. 1" strip sanders are incredibly useful so I need to work something out.


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