American Woodworker
Contact Us | Help | Report a Bug
Sign in | Join
 

Tame Your Belt Sander Lake Havasu City AZ

Does the prospect of using a belt sander make your palms sweat and your hands shake? I feel your pain. Belt sanders have a bad rap as the quickest way to ruin a project. Use them incorrectly and your project starts to look like the rolling hills of Ireland.

The Home Depot
(928)764-5111
100 Center Blvd
Lake Havasu City, AZ
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-9:00pm
Sun: 7:00am-8:00pm

A & B Supply
928-453-3185
1081 N. Lake Havasu Ave. Lake Havasu City, AZ, 86403
Lake Havasu City, AZ
 
Crown Ace Hardware
(928) 680-6020
1799 Kiowa Ave, Food City AND STAPLES
Lake Havasu City, AZ
 
ABC Supply Co.,Inc/Lake Havasu
928-855-8383
741 Enterprise Dr Lake Havasu City, AZ, 86403
Lake Havasu City, AZ
 
The Home Depot
(480)802-7117
4141 S Arizona Ave
Chandler, AZ
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-9:00pm
Sun: 7:00am-8:00pm

1990 Mcculloch Blvd N
(928) 453-5515
Unit 104
Lk Havasu Cty, AZ
Store Hours
Hometown Dealers
Store Type
Hometown Dealers
Hours
Mon:9-19
Tue:9-19
Wed:9-19
Thu:9-19
Fri:9-19
Sat:9-18
Sun:11-16
Store Features
Mon:9-19
Tue:9-19
Wed:9-19
Thu:9-19
Fri:9-19
Sat:9-18
Sun:11-16

Havasu Hardware, Inc.
(928) 855-2120
2059 Mc Culloch Blvd.
Lake Havasu City, AZ
 
Lowe's
(928) 764-2120
4000 Highway 95N
Lake Havasu City, AZ
Hours
M-SA 6 am - 9 pm
SU 8 am - 7 pm

Crown Ace Hardware
(928) 453-7800
3530 Sweetwater Ave, South McCulloch & HWY 95
Lake Havasu City, AZ
 
The Home Depot
(602)482-2430
2217 East Bell Road
Phoenix, AZ
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 7:00am-8:00pm

Tame Your Belt Sander

Tame Your Belt Sander

Get that menacing belt sander under control with these whip-it-into-shape tips. 

by George Vondriska

Does the prospect of using a belt sander make your palms sweat and your hands shake? I feel your pain. Belt sanders have a bad rap as the quickest way to ruin a project. Use them incorrectly and your project starts to look like the rolling hills of Ireland. But used correctly, they’re a great tool for flattening panels, flushing up trim and face frames and getting to the finish line fast.  

Start by learning the belt-sander rules of the road:

• Keep it moving. The slightest pause can form a gouge.

• Let the weight of the sander to the work. Don’t lean on the machine.

• Use nothing but 120-grit paper until you’re comfortable with the machine. 

• Don’t overextend yourself. Running a belt sander at your reach’s extreme end is a sure way to gouge material.

Handling the Sander

Photo 1: Start with a soft landing. Before you pull the trigger, lift the sander slightly off the workpiece. Squeeze the trigger as you ease the sander down and forward, feathering it into the material. Think of it as an airplane making a smooth landing.

Photo 2: Go over the edge, but only a little. As you sand to an edge, allow the platen to project over the corner, but never by more than half its length or width. This keeps the sander balanced and flat.

Photo 3: End with a smooth take-off. OK, you’ve successfully landed your sander and finished sanding. Now it’s time to take off. On your last stroke, lift the sander as it moves forward. Then release the trigger.

Setting Up

A big part of the battle is won just by taking the time to set up properly. 

#

Get the height right. The surface you’re sanding should be slightly lower than your waist. This puts your arms at a comfortable working height. For some projects, like cabinets, it may mean working on a surface other than your workbench. Make sure the piece you’re sanding is secure. It’s also good practice to keep the cord out of the way by draping it over your shoulder. It looks weird, but it prevents frayed cords— and nerves—from belt-sanded wires.

Provide solid stops. You can’t sand a piece that you’re chasing around the shop. Belt sanders are powerful and have a tendency to launch projects off their perches. Be sure your material is trapped against stops that are firmly clamped to the bench. Clamping the material itself to the bench is a hassle because the clamps get in the way. The stops should be thinner than the material you’re working on and wide enough so the sander won’t bump into the clamps. 

Trueing Up

A belt sander can flatten a glued-up panel in no time. 

Photo 1: Sand diagonally first. Flatten a solid wood panel by first sanding at 45 degrees to ...

Click here to read the rest of the article from American Woodworker