When working on small workpieces, holding a belt sander can be tiresome work. You have to hold the sander with one hand & the part with the other hand. Doing so is not very safe. Also, controlling it with one hand is quite a difficult task.
Building a stand for belt sander can solve this problem. The advantage of using a belt sander with stand is, you can use the sander in different positions. Vertically, Horizontally or flat as you want.
Good thing is, you don’t have to spend your money on building a handheld belt sander stand. It can be done using scraps lying on your workshop. This homemade stand can be made very easily by following some simple steps. In this article, we’ve stated all the steps of building a belt sander jig.
List of Materials That is Going to be Needed
- Table Saw
- Brad Nailer
Step 1: Gather All the Equipment
Arrange the equipment before you start. Look if you’re missing out on something. Make proper plans & preparations.
Step 2: Design it Properly
The next thing, probably the most important thing you need to do is, to design it properly. How comfortable & how effective the stand will depend on how you are going to design it. The design also has to match the sander’s shape so that it can fit in perfectly.
Step 2:Take Proper Measurement
To give it a perfect shape, proper measurement is necessary. Take measurements of the part you are going to clamp.
Take a square ruler to ensure the sander is level. At first, Build the base plate. Cut the plywood with a table saw. The size of the base should be a little bigger than the sander. Be a little patient while cutting. A little mistake in this step can ruin the whole project.
Step 3: Join the Sander With Base
Now put the sander on the base plate. The belt roller should be facing upward, on the open side of the base plate. The section below the working belt part is called the base plate.
Join the sander with the base with a detachable knob or screws if your sander has the option. Use spacers to fasten the base plate. Look if any other accessories need to be attached.
Step 5: Assemble All the Parts & Screw the Necessary Areas
Cut scraps from plywood & make brackets to suit the mounting holes. As all the cutting is done now, it’s time to assemble all the parts. Glue up all the legs. Use brad nailers to join all the parts. Thin nailers will do a great job here as you don’t have to use wood putty after nailing.
First, Screw them into the sander & then use glue to make their joint firm. The sander should be secured in both front & backside. It will ensure better stability.
Make a workbench with plywood having dimensions of 8 inches wide and 2 inches shorter than the base. The workbench should be higher than the sander’s rear end so that the chattering can be reduced.
Step 6:Make aDust Collector
Facing a ton of dust is a regular thing in sanding. Making a dust collector by yourself can save you from this trouble.
By using a vacuum nozzle & plastic sheets, you can make a funnel where the dust will be gathered. Although this will not that much efficient in dust collection, it will collect a large portion of dust.
Step 7: Finishing
For safety measures, Screw a stop block at the end of the table. It will ensure the workpiece doesn’t get pulled back by the sander.
Put another screw at the rear end of the belt so that the workpiece does not fall from the workbench when working. Finish your work by cleaning off the workspace & removing all the dust.
A standing belt sander is easy to handle. Especially when you are working with small workpieces, a belt sander stand will provide more accuracy & more comfort.
Woodworkers always look for reducing the costs of woodworking. And what’s better than making a tool using things you already have?
A belt sander stand is such a tool that can be made using scraps in your workshop. Things that you may want to get rid of can also provide great value. Make proper use of them & have a great day at work!
How do you make a stand for a belt sander?
Belt sander stand can be made using plywood, with the help of other necessary accessories like screws, glue, nailer, etc.
Can you use a belt sander upside down?
Yes. By using a belt sander as a stationary sander where the sander is mounted on the workbench, you can use it upside down.