Lathe-Powered Strip Sander
Do you have a lathe, but you don’t do a lot of turning and wish there was a way to use it for something else?
This is the answer!
This easy to build 1 x 42 belt sander will attach to your lathe and put it to work shaping and sharpening. When not in use, it can be quickly taken off and stored until the next time you need it.
The parts for this machine are easy to make with ordinary workshop tools. The metal work is minimal, just cuts with a hacksaw, drill some holes and a bit of work with files.
The wooden parts can be made from scraps of plywood that you might already have in your shop.
The sander was designed to be easy to make, most of the parts are made with just straight cuts on the table saw and miter saw. Assembly uses just glue, screws and butt joints – no fancy or complex joinery.
The sander uses 42″ long (1067mm) belts and the tilting table can be set to any angle from 90 degrees to 135 (45) degrees. It can be set up for tool sharpening (chisels, plane irons, knives,etc) or as a sander for shaping wood, metal or plastic parts.
It was designed with a very effective dust collection system that will accept any standard size shop vac hose up to 2″ (51mm). This dust collection can be disabled entirely if you are only using this to grind metal or for sharpening.
The plans consist of 28 pages, with a materials list, a 1/2″ (12mm) plywood cut diagram, a 3/4″ (19mm) cut diagram, 14 detailed parts drawings and 7 assembly drawings. It is in an easy to follow, step by step format that walks you through every part of the build.
For your convenience, this plan is made with both imperial and metric dimensions, with the metric dimensions (millimeters) in brackets. Screw sizes and other hardware are in imperial units.