What is a horizontal belt sander?

A belt sander or strip sander is a sander used in shaping and finishing wood and other materials. It consists of an electric motor that turns a pair of drums on which a continuous loop of sandpaper is mounted. Fitted with fine grit sand paper, a belt sander can be used to achieve a completely smooth surface.

What is the difference between a belt sander and an orbital sander?

In a nutshell, belt sanders are on the powerful side, able to strip down a piece of wood in a short amount of time. Orbital sanders, on the other hand, are finishing sanders that are used to get wood ultra-smooth.

Can I use a belt sander for metal?

Belt sander safety tips. If you use the belt sander to sand metal, you’ll create sparks, which can start a fire if they mix with the sawdust in the machine and the dust bag. Blow or vacuum the dust out of the sander before you use it on metal, and remove the dust bag.

What’s the easiest way to build a belt sander?

The easiest way to build a benchtop belt sander is to solidly mount a portable belt sander. This won’t be a DIY 2×72 belt grinder, but the cost is minimal, sometimes even free. Firmly mounting a portable tool for use as a fixed tool is a well-used trick of the homemade tool builder, and applies to many different tools.

What can you do with a free form Sander?

Free form sanding is great for polishing and shaping where the belt is allowed to follow the contour of the work piece. Note the belt deflection. It is important that this “free form” area be located on the exit side of a roller otherwise the belt tracking will be upset and the belt may be thrown off.

How much does a home made Sander cost?

Some home builders make their home made sanders for next to nothing, while others purchase new wheels, a new motor, and other goodies that can quickly push the cost over $500. However, a good homebuilt 2×72 belt sander can reasonably be had for 1/10th of the retail price – around $250.

Can a bench grinder be used as a belt sander?

You can also convert an existing tool into a belt sander; a bench grinder is a favorite for this. Smaller belt sanders can be driven by an electric drill, or even a rotary tool like a Dremel. A sealed motor will provide protection from dust and debris. You can also build your own protective housing.