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Old 04-11-2016, 01:36 PM
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Homemade 2x72 Belt Sander

Hi all I got a little tired of dealing with a 1x30 belt sander and after many hours of YouTube videos I decided to make my own. I went to the scarp yard off Hwy 64 in Yadkinville NC and got me some Steel.. $17.49 worth of material. Then I cut it to size and weld it together, to my surprise it works GREAT. The 3/4 hp electric motor was $3.00 from a yard sale, and the skate board wheels were FREE...... I will be getting a stronger Electric motor so, but for now this will do.
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Old 04-11-2016, 03:19 PM
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A little ingenuity and some fabrication skill will take you a long way! Nice welding, should be a great grinder....


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Old 04-11-2016, 03:54 PM
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Great job! Could very well be the cheapest grinder build so far but you would never guess by looking at it.
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Old 04-11-2016, 04:52 PM
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Nice MIG welds, did you do them yourself? Use CO2 or Argon? (I'm an ex welder, mostly TIG)
Great fabrication and over built so structural failure isn't a concern. Happy Grinding.
Skateboard wheels, lol

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Old 04-12-2016, 04:57 AM
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All that great fabrication and you mounted it on particle board? (just bustin yer chops)
Looks long life solid.


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Old 04-12-2016, 06:25 AM
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A little ingenuity and some fabrication skill will take you a long way! Nice welding, should be a great grinder....
Thank you, I guess paying attention in shop class paid off...

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Great job! Could very well be the cheapest grinder build so far but you would never guess by looking at it.
Thank you and yes I'm all about saving a penny ....

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Nice MIG welds, did you do them yourself? Use CO2 or Argon? (I'm an ex welder, mostly TIG)
Great fabrication and over built so structural failure isn't a concern. Happy Grinding.
Skateboard wheels, lol
Thank you, the welding was actually done with CO2/Argon. I wanted to make sure the structure wouldn't fall apart....lol and yes for now skate board wheels they actually work great.

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All that great fabrication and you mounted it on particle board? (just bustin yer chops)
Looks long life solid.
Thank you that's all I had available at the time lol
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Old 04-15-2016, 07:04 AM
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Nicely done! Wanna build me one and I'll just buy a motor? Lol. looks great
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Old 04-15-2016, 07:46 AM
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I've been looking at this with the little gears in my noggin turning...

Is that a door hinge I see at the top? For tracking adjustment? I'm trying to decide how that wheel is mounted to the hinge, if that is a hinge. Do you just have it bolted on? If so, that seems like a "weak link" so to speak.

Also, that little half moon arrangement of drilled holes. I assume that is to tilt the platen forward and back? So the "tool rest" is stationary and the platen tilts? Why do you need a tilting platen? (I'm not challenging, being new at all this, just trying to understand. I don't have a 2 x 72 and currently saving for a KMG but looking at all options)

I'm also assuming the motor could be mounted forward, with some pillow blocks mounted rear-ward with three step pulleys to power the drive wheel.


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Old 04-15-2016, 09:00 AM
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You want a tilting platen so that you can grind angles such as for dove tailed bolsters. When I put my initial edge on a new blade I tilt the platen back a few degrees and then draw the blade across the running belt as if it were a sharpening stone. With the platen tilted I can hold the blade perpendicular to the ground which is easier to do than trying to hold the blade at a consistent angle to a fixed platen ...


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Old 04-28-2016, 06:45 PM
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Sweet grinder sir. Yours looks like the big brother of mine which was also made from parts I had around. I'm just a newbie and can't post pics yet but when I can ,I will show you.
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