Belt Disc Sander

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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A belt disc sander is another critical tool for amateur and professional woodworkers alike. Before you can stain or finish your woodworking projects, you must be certain that there are no blemishes or splinters. Failing to to this will only result in a shoddy final product.

A belt disc sander can save you hours of time otherwise spent manually sanding wood blocks and other surfaces. Moreover, it can save your fingers and hands the constant cracking and chafing that come with bare-knuckle sanding. Eventually, even the most durable piece of sandpaper grows so worn that your fingertips begin to brush against the wood. With a power sander you'll never have this problem.

How a Belt Disc Sander Operates

Your sander can sit level at a zero-degree angle or perpendicular at a 90-degree angle, depending on the shape of the piece you're sanding. In its flat position, your sanding belt is supported by a steel table beneath it. Still, there should be some slack remaining in the belt, as too much tension can damage or break the machine.

When you're ready to begin sanding, hold your piece lightly against the revolving belt so that you're sanding with the grain. If you have curved segments to your piece, the end drums attached to your sander are equipped to give them the same thorough treatment you receive on flat surfaces. In the world of custom woodworking, very few projects entail strictly flat and right-angle sanding, which is why you need a reliable power tool to handle your jobs.

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