Introduction: Table Belt Sander (lijadora De Banda, De Mesa)

Hace unos meses me regalé una lijadora de banda. Es una excelente herramienta, versátil, resistente, poderosa. Pero... siempre tiene que existir un "pero". Para trabajos pequeños es algo difícil de manejar. Por ejemplo, para lijar piezas chicas, suelo ponerla "patas para arriba" sobre las piernas y sujetarla entre las rodillas. Así arruiné un pantalón, ¡y que no se entere mi mujer!

Ayer estaba a punto de volver a hacer lo mismo, pero se me ocurrió buscar la manera de poder fijarla sobre la mesa de trabajo para no correr más riesgos. En unos minutos me convencí de que era factible, máxime teniendo a mi disposición varias maderas viejas.

Publico este instructable porque estoy seguro de que le será útil a más de uno.


A few months ago I bought myself a belt sander. It is an excellent tool, versatile, durable, powerful. But ... always has to be a "but." For small jobs it is somewhat unwieldy. For example, to sand small pieces, I have to put it "upside down" on my legs and hold it between my knees. So I ruined a pair of pants, I hope my wife does not find out!

Yesterday I was about to do the same, but I decided to find a way to fix it on the bench, not to take more risks. Within minutes I was convinced it was feasible, especially having at my disposal a lot of old timbers.

I published this instructable because I am sure that it will be useful to more than just me.

Step 1: TSP - Trabajando Sin Planos (WWP- Working Without Plans)

Comencé por poner la lijadora de costado sobre la mesa de trabajo, y marcar con lápiz dos maderas que serían los soportes de un lado. Luego de verificar que los soportes de un lado podían ser idénticos a los del otro, me animé a comenzar a cortar y pegar, siempre usando la estrategia TSP (trabajar sin planos).

Desempolvé mi vieja caladora B&D (30 años de uso!) e hice los pocos cortes necesarios.

Con cola vinílica armé las piezas básicas laterales. La cosa tomó forma rápidamente.


I started putting the sander on its side on the table, and maked a pencil mark on the timbers would be one lateral holder. After verifying that the holders of a side could be identical to those of the other, I decided to start cutting and pasting, always using the WWP strategy (working without plans.)

Dusted off my old B & D jigsaw (30 years of use!) and made a few necessary cuts.

With white glue armé basic side parts. The thing took shape quickly.

Step 2: Cortar Y Pegar (cut&paste)

Me di cuenta de que el interruptor quedaría oculto tras los soportes traseros, pero eso no es problema teniendo la posibilidad de hacer un agujero de 4 cm de diámetro.

Ya estaba a punto de seguir usando cola para hacer una especie de caja sólida que contendría la lijadora con la superficie de lija hacia arriba, cuando recordé otro de mis principios de diseño: "Hacelo fácil de guardar". Así que, sobre la marcha, decidí usar bisagras en lugar de cola para los soportes verticales. Eso me llevaría un poco más de tiempo, pero valdría la pena.

Marqué con un fibrón la posición de los agujeros de las bisagras.


I realized that the switch would be hidden behind the rear brackets, but that's no problem having the possibility of making a hole 4 cm in diameter.

I was about to continue using glue to make a kind of solid box would contain the sander with the sanding surface up,  when I remembered another of my design principles: "do it easy to store." So, on the fly, I decided to use hinges instead of glue to the uprights. That would take me a little longer, but worthwhile.

I indicated with a marker the position of the hinges holes.

Step 3: Frente (front)

El soporte frontal, que le daría solidez al conjunto, topaba con la manija de la lijadora, pero eso también se soluciona con un agujero de 4 cm de diámetro. Para que se mantenga unido a los soportes laterales le atornillé dos U de chapa acerada algo gruesa. Los brazos de las U están agujereados, para permitir el paso de los pernos que traban el conjunto.


The frontal support, which would give strength to all, ran into the handle of the sander, but it also solves with a hole 4 cm in diameter. To keep connected to side supports, I screwed two U of a bit  thick steel sheet. The arms of the U are perforated to allow passage of the bolts that lock the assembly.

Step 4: El Toque Final (final Touch)

En los lugares donde apoya la lijadora sobre los soportes apliqué una capa de unos 5 mm de sellador de silicona. Tiene la doble finalidad de disimular irregularidades en el apoyo y proteger de rayaduras el plástico de la carcaza de la lijadora. Para que la silicona quede pareja, la cubrí con tiras de polietileno que sacaré cuando esté seca. Con una aguja hice muchos agujeritos al polietileno, para que permita el secado

In places where the supports touch the sander I applied a 5 mm layer of silicone sealant. It has two purposes: to conceal irregularities in the support and to protec from scratches the plastic housing of the sander. For the silicone be smooth, I covered it with polyethylene strips that will be removed when dry. With a needle I made many little holes in the polyethylene, to allow drying

Step 5: C�mo Se Guarda (how to Store It)

El aparato, desplegado para poder colgarlo de la pared, parece un chanchito listo para la parrilla...

The contraption, deployed for hanging on the wall, seems a pig ready for the grill ...

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mikolynn made it! (author)2014-08-02

Que bueno Maestro! Lo encontré en Pinterest (

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/446841594251936783/ )

y me dije, lo tengo que hacer, y al darle al enlace... RIMAR2000! Jejjejeje!

Repito: Muy bueno, gracias!

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rimar2000 made it! (author)rimar20002014-08-03

Me alegro de que te sirva. Es uno de los pocos proyectos exitosos, en cuanto a que lo sigo usando en mi taller. De hecho, la lijadora de banda está permanentemente montada en el soporte, solo la retiro del mismo cuando debo lijar una superficie amplia. Le agregué un gancho de alambre para sujetarla más firmemente, en el extremo opuesto al cable, y mejoró bastante.

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michaelgohjs made it! (author)2010-12-04

it must be hard to write in 2 languages..
but GOOD JOB..i love the idea...
maybe next you can turn a jigsaw into a table saw?

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rimar2000 made it! (author)rimar20002010-12-04

Thanks, michaelgohjs. Google Translator is a very good resource to write in English. One must know a bit the other languaje, otherwise can say the opposite of wanted.

I did a table jigsaw using a desused vacuum cleaner motor, almost 40 years ago. It functioned, but was so noisy that I used it only 2 or 3 times.

Now I use mainly my home made cutting table. For curves I still use the B&D 1981's manual jigsaw.

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cnludwig made it! (author)2011-06-25

I like your idea. I may need to do this with my belt sander.

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rimar2000 made it! (author)rimar20002011-06-26

It is easy, do it!

Thanks for comment.

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Thinkenstein made it! (author)2010-12-16

Tremenda solucion! Es como tener otra herramienta adicional ahora.

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rimar2000 made it! (author)rimar20002010-12-16

Gracias, es así.

No me explico por qué no la fabrican los mismos que hacen la lijadora. Ayuda un montón.

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DriX made it! (author)DriX2011-02-16

De hecho sí lo hacen, yo poseo una lijadora BOSCH que posee dos calces expecialmente para aprisionarla al banco de trabajo, es realmente muy útil, la mitad de las veces la uso así.
Felicitaciones por tu instructable, la verdad que te quedó muy bueno!

Saludos.

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rimar2000 made it! (author)rimar20002011-02-17

Mirá vos, los de Bosch siempre han sido cuidadosos del detalle. Recuerdo que la primera vez que vi un taladro eléctrico con el cilindro bajo el mandril, que permite agarrar la herramienta con un mango o sostenerla en un soporte de banco, era un Bosch. Eso fue hace más de 30 años, hoy dia todos los taladros vienen así. Gracias por el elogio!

Look that, those Bosch have always been careful of details. I remember the first time I saw an electric drill with the cylinder under the chuck, which allows holding the tool with a handle or in a bench stand, it was a Bosch. That was more than 30 years ago, today all the drills come that way. Thanks for the praise!

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Thinkenstein made it! (author)Thinkenstein2010-12-16

Todavia no tengo uno propio, pero he cojido dos prestados. Uno tenia agujeros con roscas para tornillos para montarlo a una mesa abajo. El otro no tenia, y lo monte con alambre. En los dos casos, yo tenia que barrenar rotos en mi mesa para aguantarlos.

El concepto suyo es mejor, me parece. Sirve en cualquiera mesa y no dana la mesa.

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rimar2000 made it! (author)rimar20002010-12-16

Sí, por lo menos lo estoy usando con buen resultado. No me trates de usted, que me haces sentir viejo, y soy un jovencito de 66 años.

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Thinkenstein made it! (author)Thinkenstein2010-12-16

Recuerdo cuando fui estudiante de 16 anos en mi clase de espanol. Cuando habia cualquiera duda, o por miedo de ofender a alguien por ser demasiado familiar, coji la tendencia de usar Ud. un poco mas de lo necesario. Como un jovencito de 61 anos ya, supongo que debo relajarme un poco en eso.

Gracias. Tratare de recordar tu deseo.

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boekarest made it! (author)2010-12-25

Thanks a lot for your post! Really great, now I can buy such sander!

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rimar2000 made it! (author)rimar20002010-12-25

Thanks, boekarest. I'm glad to be useful.

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erik_mccray made it! (author)2010-12-08

thank you I have been looking to make a stand for my belt sander to. But I have a small shop and I did not like how the stand would take up to much space on a shelf. The way your belt sander folds flat is great. I am also going to make a stand to make a disk sander out of my angle grinder this way.

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rimar2000 made it! (author)rimar20002010-12-08

Thanks for your commente, Erik. From the first million dollar win with the idea, send me $10!!

Yesterday I added it a wire hook at rear end, to fasten the holders. Besides, I use an electric cord with a pedal derivation, in order to have free hands. Later I will add the images to the instructable.

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gilsnax made it! (author)2010-12-07

My friend, you are outstanding! Not only do you have good ideas and wonderful crafts, but in two languages. Carry on!

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rimar2000 made it! (author)rimar20002010-12-08

Thanks for the compliment, you're gonna make me feel boastful...

That of two languajes is, at first place, merit of Google Translator. And that of good ideas is born from the lack of money! I'm not complaining, I have more than I need, but I can't grant myself luxuries.

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dollywild made it! (author)2010-12-05

Que Bueno! This will be nice for me, as the sander is very heavy for me and I am always making small things anyway.

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rimar2000 made it! (author)rimar20002010-12-06

Sure, it'll be useful. My case is the same.

Thanks for the comment!

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savant77 made it! (author)2010-12-05

Great idea, I love making one tool work for more than it's intended purpose ;)

I was looking to do something similar and decided to see if my vise would open enough to fit my belt sander in it. To my amazement and joy it just barely opened wide enough and I was able to squeeze the clamps closed on it. Now I have a bench sander too!!

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rimar2000 made it! (author)rimar20002010-12-06

Thanks for the compliment, savant77!
I don't tested if my vise can hold the sander. Sometimes I hold on it the drill, but always I have fear it breaks.

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rosquillo made it! (author)2010-12-05

Gracias por este interesante tutorial, y gracias por escribirlo en dos idiomas. Thanks for such an interesting ible and thanks again for doing it bilingual.

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rimar2000 made it! (author)rimar20002010-12-05

Me alegro de que te sea útil (I'm glad it be useful for you)

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ibcallus made it! (author)2010-12-05

Brilliant idea love it cannot wait to make it and try it thanks for the tip,
Brian

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rimar2000 made it! (author)rimar20002010-12-05

Thanks, I'm glag you like it!

If you have a welder, make it on mild steel, ibcallus.

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bitterbug made it! (author)2010-12-05

Favorited. This will come in handy!

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rimar2000 made it! (author)rimar20002010-12-05

Thanks. bitterbug, I'm glad to be useful.

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MadBricoleur made it! (author)2010-12-04

Buen hecho! Necessito este para fabricar cuchillos. Muchas gracias! Voy a hacer uno de la misma! I am taking Spanish in school, so I am sorry if that was not correct grammar, etc.. :) thanks.

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rimar2000 made it! (author)rimar20002010-12-04

Tu español es mejor que mi inglés, se entiende perfectamente.

If you make knifes, you can this device in mild steel, it will be more durable.

Gracias por tu comentario.

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RedneckEngineer made it! (author)2010-12-04

Good idea rimmar! I have lost a pair of pants in a simular use of a sander and this will keep it from happening again.

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rimar2000 made it! (author)rimar20002010-12-04

I'm glad my occurrence will be useful.

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Phil B made it! (author)2010-12-04

You have made me think I need to do something like this for my belt sander. Nice job.

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rimar2000 made it! (author)rimar20002010-12-04

Yes, Phil, you can make it on mild steel, it is easy. Maybe I will do that, too. The hinges can be four welded nuts, linked with a threaded rod.

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liomel111 made it! (author)2010-12-04

Muy bueno Rimar!!!!!
Tengo exactamente la misma maquina. lo voy a hacer para no sostenerla con la morsa.
saludos!!!

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rimar2000 made it! (author)rimar20002010-12-04

Me alegro. Últimamente los productos Gamma se están ganando mi confianza. Son los más baratos del mercado, y se la bancan bien.

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parker121 made it! (author)2010-12-04

I like this jig. Storage is an issue in my shop too.

Good idea about using the silicone. Does that cut down the vibration too?

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rimar2000 made it! (author)rimar20002010-12-04

Thanks parker121. I suppose the silicone does cut down the vibration too, but I have not used the contraption since I added the silicone. It has to "heal" well so it will not take off.

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Jayefuu made it! (author)2010-12-04

Nice Rimar! Very cleverly done.

There are few mistakes in the English translation on the first step. Let me know if you would like them fixed, and I'll send you a message with the corrected text in it.

J

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rimar2000 made it! (author)rimar20002010-12-04

YES, PLEASE!

Thanks for your praise.

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Ninzerbean made it! (author)2010-12-04

That is a nice belt sander, I used to have one I just kept in a vise on my work bench, it was ever so handy but I got bored and sold it at a garage sale. Yours would not work like that as it is way too nice with all sorts of side things, that is a think of beauty you built. Well done!

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rimar2000 made it! (author)rimar20002010-12-04

Thanks, Nina, you are very kind!

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NachoMahma made it! (author)2010-12-04

. You come up with some of the most ingenious solutions to problems. Great solution. Great Ible.

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rimar2000 made it! (author)rimar20002010-12-04

Thanks, Nacho. You are always friendly!

Today I was thinking it is very easy do the contraption in mild steel. I could make that for sell!

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