Make a stand for your belt sander and free a hand!
My wonderful wife bought me a boatload of Sears Craftsman power tools a few years ago. One of the tools in the treasure chest was a belt sander. However, I wasn't really using the belt sander for large surfaces. I was mostly using it to clean up my rough cuts on small parts. To do this I would hold the belt sander with one hand and the part with the other. No too safe and not very controllable. Using scraps of junk lying around my garage, I decided to make a stand. Now I can use both hands to hold the part for better safety and accuracy.
I also designed this stand so that you can quickly remove the belt sander from the stand by unscrewing two wingnuts. But to be honest, since making this stand, I've rarely used the belt sander in the hand held mode.
I apologize for the lack of photos in this Instructable. I threw this stand together a long time ago. I can't disassemble it for new photos because it is glued together. This belt sander stand is linked to another Instructable I previously posted. http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-footswitch-become-a-monkey./
The stand was in one of those photos. Some Instructable viewers were interested in how I made this stand. So I decided to create this Instructable, after the fact.
Oh yeah, as commented in my other footswitch Instructable, this will only work on belt sanders with a trigger lock. Or if you're desperate you can always zip tie the trigger and make a footswitch.
Note, my belt sander is a Sears Craftsman Model 315. It is an older model and is no longer available from Sears. All belt sanders are different. Shape and dimensions differ especially in the handle/grip area. My model 315 has a very angular shaped enclosure with many flat surfaces. Flat surfaces made it easier to mount to a stand. Newer belt sanders are more organic in shape. (Can someone tell me why a power tool needs to look like the head of Alien?) So the method I used in this Instructable may or may not apply to your belt sander.
If you don't own a belt sander, you can always go to Sears and purchase a proper bench belt/sander:http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00921514000P?keyword=sander
They're reasonably priced and not much more expensive than a handheld belt sander.
This is an easy Instructable that you can do in one day.
You can put this together with basic tools:
Rock, Paper, Scissors
1.5" x 1.5" lumber (I think tradesmen call this 2x2 since they're half of a 2x4,)
1/2" thick plywood
Sheet rock screws
Double sided tape
Vacuum cleaner nozzle attachment
2 Bolts, wingnuts and washers