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    Yet another trademill sander

    Hi guys!
    I got this treadmill for cheap the other day and converted it to a sander. It has a 1.5 HP motor but it seems enough for the job.
    Firstly I got rid of the base and handles.

    I then bolted the control unit onto the motor cover, which is a convenient spot that allows me to work from either side of the sander.

    I built a steel frame to get it on working height and reinforced the table by adding a 20mm plywood board. It's not a precision surface but I was able to make it reasonably flat by adding shims over the tabs on which it's bolted on.




    I will be adding a stop bar to prevent any workpiece from flying to the other side of the room I also want to build a 90 degree fence and the popular fretboard sanding jig that works with belt sanders!

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    That's a great idea. Thanks for sharing it.

    Btw, how much do belts that size cost?

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    Fantastic job, immortalx. Nice idea keeping the control panel, has a professional look to it.

    Al

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    I think I could sand the hull of my boat with that sander. :O) Great job.

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    Thanks guys!
    GlennR I ordered this one from a local shop that does custom sized belts for 30€ ( about 31.5 USD)

    BTW Captainleeward and all the other great builders here, you've been a great inspiration to all of us. I lack the time to be active on the forums but I check the central page regularly and I'm amazed at what you guys have achieved!

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    A good imagination is one of the prerequisites for great builds and you have one!!!....:O)
    I just realized i need to get my calluses off my feet...

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    Thanks immortalx! I've added your Treadmill Sander to our Sanding category, as well as to your builder page: immortalx's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:


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    Thanks guys!
    Captainleeward, 100 grit might be too fine for the calluses, 40 grit will get them off in no time

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    Good work on the machine. I actually kept the parts to a treadmill in case I ever wanted to do this but don't have room in my shop.

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    Great job, immortalx! Makes me want to build one too.

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