Although care was taken in the design of this machine, no two shop-built machines
will be strictly identical.
It is assumed that you are skilled
in woodworking. This should not be your first woodworking project.
It is also assumed that you are already familiar with the safe
operation of belt sanders.
Woodgears.ca cannot be held liable for injuries
that you may incur with your homemade belt sander.
Some safety tips
Although sanding machines are relatively safe to use, there is still the potential
The most serious risk of injury is probably from getting fingers caught in the
drive belt or sanding belt. Be sure to build and install the belt guards.
Another serious risk is from electrical shocks if the machine is not wired correctly.
You should already be familiar with how to wire up a switch
and motor to operate safely.
Although the face of the belt is unlikely to result in cuts, the edge of the belt
can be more dangerous, especially if it's starting to fray. Keep your fingers
clear of the belt.
When using the sander for extended period, the use of dust collection is advisable.
The sander is designed to take a 2.5" dust collector hose. However, a shopvac
would also suffice.
If you use the sander to grind metal, be sure to check that sparks have not
caused a smouldering fire inside, especially if you also use it to sand wood.