This Instructable will show you how I built a bench-top edge-sanding jig to hold my hand-held belt sander on its side and allow me to precisely and carefully sand the edges of workpieces.
I built this because I do not have a permanent workspace to house a dedicated stationary tool (and those are expensive). Also, I already had a handheld belt sander, and quite a few belts for it.
This Instructable is broken down into the following steps:
Step 1: Goals, materials, & tools
Step 2: Build a support plate for your sander
Step 3. Tilt the support plate
Step 4: Build a base for the jig
Step 5: Build the work table
Step 6: Putting it together
Step 7: Final thoughts and possible improvements
And as always, the requisite disclaimer:
Caveat emptor. My advice is worth what you paid for it, and may be dangerous to your health and sanity. Read on at your own risk. Don't try this at home.