Belt Sander Tips

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Master woodworker George Vondriska teaches you some helpful woodworking tips for successfully using the belt sander. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.

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8 Responses to “Belt Sander Tips”
  1. Thunderbill

    Good timing, George, I have a lot of sanding to do to remove paint residue from some reclaimed plywood. The problem is that the only belt sander I have is a very old Craftsman that seems to have an appetite for belts. I’ve been looking for a new one for a reasonable price and not having any luck. I may wind up getting one from Harbor Freight. At least I’ll have a new machine for about the same price as a refurb from CPO or ebay and it’ll last well enough for my limited use. I liked your idea for the belt cleaner and may do that to mine.

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  2. Norm Worthy

    To clean the belt, I turn it upside down and clamp it in my workmate, that way the machine is fixed and I can run the cleaning thing over it by hand, and see where the sawdust is still.
    Also, instead of paying for the cleaning block, I take a flip-flop (can’t call them thongs anymore, that means something different now) from my daughter or granddaughter and use that, works great.
    There may be something very wrong with both these ideas, and I would be interested to hear what it is.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Norm. Thanks for the note. Those ideas are both valid. The crepe soled shoes that you are thinking of have soles that are normally made of essentially the same thing as the store-bought abrasive cleaner. If it works, use it.

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  3. Glenn Ogden

    I’ve had a 3″ Craftsman for many years and the biggest problem I’ve had with it is that the weight of the motor is not centered over the belt which causes the heavy side to dig in. To solve this problem I fastened an arm across the top with a counter weight on the end so that the center of gravity is now down the center of the belt. Makes it difficult to work in tight spaces, but other than that this trick works well.

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  4. Dennis

    I am a beginner at Belt Sanding, I love my Sander but I don’t know how to use it, one of my problem is that my belt keeps moving on my machine, I have tried to use that levels but no improvement.
    Any video’s on that?

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    • Customer Service

      Hey Dennis,
      Here’s an article on using a belt sander: https://www.wwgoa.com/article/how-to-use-a-belt-sander-like-a-pro/.

      Sounds like you are experiencing a problem with the tracking mechanism. The first thing I’d suggest trying is to replace the sanding belt if you haven’t done so recently. Sometimes when the backing gets worn it can cause tracking problems. If that doesn’t solve the problem then I’d suggest contacting the manufacturer.

      Happy Woodworking!
      Kate
      WWGOA Video Membership

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  5. Gary Remson

    Watching the video was very informative but one question that I either missed or it was not mentioned was regarding the downward pressure on the belt sander. Do you put ANY downward pressure on the sander as you are going back and forth or do you let the weight of the sander do the work?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Gary. Apply just enough pressure to hold the sander steady and to direct it. 90% of the downward pressure should be provided by the weight of the sander itself.
      Thanks
      Paul-WWGOA

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