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How to convert a small 3-wheel bandsaw into a strip sander?

I have an old (fully working) 3-wheel Draper bandsaw made redundant some time back by a new, larger Axminster bandsaw. I think it would be useful if I could convert it for use as a strip sander.
Anyone done this?
Anyone got any bright ideas?

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rickharris5 years ago
Not going to be easy.

IF your have a belt sander it will be easier to make a vertical bracket to hold it upright
RayArdia (author)  rickharris5 years ago
I have a belt sander with a bracket for use vertically or horizontally but it is not really very good for sanding small fiddly parts where a narrower belt would be much better. Besides, I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Recycler, can't bear to throw a good machine away!
RayArdia (author)  RayArdia5 years ago
Just to add two images of the saw......
Draper Bandsaw Interior.JPGDraper Bandsaw Upper Wheel.JPG
RayArdia (author)  RayArdia5 years ago
...and forgot to give dimensions:-
Wheel dia 6in
Wheel thickness 18mm (about 5/8in)
Band length 56in (1422mm)
don't see any major reason it couldn't work - how wide are the wheels ?
RayArdia (author)  steveastrouk5 years ago
Wheels only about 20mm wide but had thought I might widen to 25 or 30mm with a band of (something?) from laminated scraps. Ideas?
Ray
Worth a try just gluing on some MDF discs perhaps ?
I think the hardest part may be finding a sanding belt to fit it.
RayArdia (author)  mpilchfamily5 years ago
Good point, I think (from dim memory!) that blades for this saw were 56", but will check. Will then have a little firkle through Google to see if I can find something that would fit, or possibly make them.
Try any local "abrasive" supplier, or, if you're stuck, try "Finaids" in Bury, Lancs. - they make all our custom abrasives.