Home built 2" x 72" belt sander project

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Re: Home built 2" x 72" belt sander project

Post by zed6309 » Mon Feb 15, 2021 8:59 am

Mike I'll be following this closely as I've wanted to improve my belt sander for a few years ::tu::
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Re: Home built 2" x 72" belt sander project

Post by Meridian_Mike » Wed Feb 17, 2021 1:16 pm

Hey everyone....
I am a little bit behind in my projects so this one hasn't moved in a while.
.
I have almost all the parts now so construction should start soon.
I will try to take pictures as I go so I can show my success (or failures).....

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Re: Home built 2" x 72" belt sander project

Post by ReidJustin » Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:16 am

ReidJustin wrote:
Mon Feb 15, 2021 8:00 am
Hmm ... an Interesting scheme, but I'm not sure how good your sander will be. Usually, such tools are of high accuracy and quality, which is the main thing when creating such a tool.
I do not have enough skills to create such a tool on my own and I think that it is not cost-effective, since it takes a lot of time and consumables. It seems to me that it is much easier to buy a finished product that will be guaranteed by the manufacturer. As a woodworker, I always choose quality sanders for myself, as these tools show the results of my work. All you have to do is visit this site and get the best recommendations for choosing a sander that meets all your conditions.

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Re: Home built 2" x 72" belt sander project

Post by Tony_Wood » Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:27 am

Looks like a great start to the project.

Can’t wait to see it finished. Those hollow tool arms will vibrate. I filled mine with a 2x2 that is cut to fit and drove inside. That helped with vibrations.
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Re: Home built 2" x 72" belt sander project

Post by Meridian_Mike » Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:44 pm

Tony_Wood wrote:
Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:27 am
Those hollow tool arms will vibrate. I filled mine with a 2x2 that is cut to fit and drove inside. That helped with vibrations.
Thanks for that advice Tony!
I can go ahead and do that from the start!

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Re: Home built 2" x 72" belt sander project

Post by ReidJustin » Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:59 pm

ReidJustin wrote:
Mon Feb 15, 2021 8:00 am
Hmm ... an Interesting scheme, but I'm not sure how good your sander will be. Usually, such tools are of high accuracy and quality, which is the main thing when creating such a tool.
I do not have enough skills to create such a tool on my own and I think that it is not cost-effective, since it takes a lot of time and consumables. It seems to me that it is much easier to buy a finished product that will be guaranteed by the manufacturer. As a woodworker, I always choose quality sanders for myself, as these tools show the results of my work. All you have to do is visit this site and get the best recommendations for choosing a sander that meets all your conditions.

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Re: Home built 2" x 72" belt sander project

Post by Meridian_Mike » Thu Feb 25, 2021 1:29 pm

Yes, that thinking is true.
.
BUT... I have all the tools to do the drilling and welding and, I work at a steel company so the frame steel was free.
.
AND.... I just want to do it..... you know... The craftsman in me wants to "build my own".

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Re: Home built 2" x 72" belt sander project

Post by WhiteUn » Thu Feb 25, 2021 6:43 pm

ReidJustin wrote:
Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:16 am
ReidJustin wrote:
Mon Feb 15, 2021 8:00 am
Hmm ... an Interesting scheme, but I'm not sure how good your sander will be. Usually, such tools are of high accuracy and quality, which is the main thing when creating such a tool.
I do not have enough skills to create such a tool on my own and I think that it is not cost-effective, since it takes a lot of time and consumables. It seems to me that it is much easier to buy a finished product that will be guaranteed by the manufacturer. As a woodworker, I always choose quality sanders for myself, as these tools show the results of my work.
Could you tell me some more information about it? Let’s talk in PM

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Re: Home built 2" x 72" belt sander project

Post by Meridian_Mike » Mon Jun 07, 2021 3:05 pm

Well..... it has been a while but I did find a few hours yesterday to start assembly of my belt sander.
I didn't take a lot of pictures but maybe if y'all want to try it, I can at least answer questions.....
Here is most of the pieces I started with......

IMG_7018.JPG

I got a few pieces like the wheels and such from Origin Blade Maker.....

First thing I did was assemble the frame plates and set the hole for the tool arm so it would move in and out easily with as little slack as I could build in.


IMG_7019.JPG

Then a good bit of work slipped on by before I took another picture....
I set up the pulley shaft and bearings, and put on the belt drive wheel.
I set the location for the upper wheel and bolted it on the upper tension arm.
I also set up the platform for the motor.

IMG_7024.JPG
IMG_7023.JPG
IMG_7025.JPG

The next parts I put on were the backing plate and wheels and the mounting bracket for the platen.
SO..... with all the wheels in place, I had to load a belt on to see what this contraption was gonna look like....

IMG_7026.JPG

I made a bracket for the tension piston and got it welded in place. My drill battery died so I figured it was time to call it a day.
Well on my way to having a "sure 'nuff" 72" belt sander!!

IMG_7031.JPG
IMG_7032.JPG
IMG_7029.JPG
More to come when I can get back out there and finish up....
:D
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Re: Home built 2" x 72" belt sander project

Post by Jeffinn » Mon Jun 07, 2021 6:08 pm

That’s looking really good Mike! Thanks for keeping us updated.
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Re: Home built 2" x 72" belt sander project

Post by Meridian_Mike » Mon Jun 07, 2021 6:32 pm

Thanks Jeff!
:D
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Re: Home built 2" x 72" belt sander project

Post by glennbad » Wed Jun 09, 2021 12:17 am

That sure looks like it's coming along nicely!

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Re: Home built 2" x 72" belt sander project

Post by cudgee » Wed Jun 09, 2021 2:11 am

Meridian_Mike wrote:
Mon Jun 07, 2021 3:05 pm
Well..... it has been a while but I did find a few hours yesterday to start assembly of my belt sander.
I didn't take a lot of pictures but maybe if y'all want to try it, I can at least answer questions.....
Here is most of the pieces I started with......


IMG_7018.JPG


I got a few pieces like the wheels and such from Origin Blade Maker.....

First thing I did was assemble the frame plates and set the hole for the tool arm so it would move in and out easily with as little slack as I could build in.



IMG_7019.JPG


Then a good bit of work slipped on by before I took another picture....
I set up the pulley shaft and bearings, and put on the belt drive wheel.
I set the location for the upper wheel and bolted it on the upper tension arm.
I also set up the platform for the motor.


IMG_7024.JPG
IMG_7023.JPG
IMG_7025.JPG


The next parts I put on were the backing plate and wheels and the mounting bracket for the platen.
SO..... with all the wheels in place, I had to load a belt on to see what this contraption was gonna look like....


IMG_7026.JPG


I made a bracket for the tension piston and got it welded in place. My drill battery died so I figured it was time to call it a day.
Well on my way to having a "sure 'nuff" 72" belt sander!!


IMG_7031.JPG ::tu::
IMG_7032.JPG
IMG_7029.JPG

More to come when I can get back out there and finish up....
:D
Wow, ::woot:: , you have done some work, very impressive.

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Re: Home built 2" x 72" belt sander project

Post by Meridian_Mike » Wed Jun 09, 2021 12:05 pm

cudgee wrote:
Wed Jun 09, 2021 2:11 am

Wow, ::woot:: , you have done some work, very impressive.
Thanks!!

I hope I get a few minutes back in the shop this weekend so I can finish it.....

:D
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We have done so much, with so little, for so long, we are now qualified to do anything, with nothing.”
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Re: Home built 2" x 72" belt sander project

Post by cudgee » Wed Jun 09, 2021 12:53 pm

Meridian_Mike wrote:
Wed Jun 09, 2021 12:05 pm
cudgee wrote:
Wed Jun 09, 2021 2:11 am

Wow, ::woot:: , you have done some work, very impressive.
Thanks!!

I hope I get a few minutes back in the shop this weekend so I can finish it.....

:D
Hope so, and we all want to see some of your work. ::nod:: ::tu::

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