Tool Rest for a Belt Sander for Sharpening





Introduction: Tool Rest for a Belt Sander for Sharpening

Now that I have a lathe, I had to buy lathe tools, having bought lathe tool I needed to sharpen them. I have a grinder, but right now it doesn't work, so I built this jig from the remains of a homebuilt router table. The rest needs to be one inch further back and the front of the rest needs to be relieved but it works and it took just an hour to design and build. I'm going to get a 400 grit belt off of amazon for it.



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    Personally, I like it ! my belt sander runs at 800FPS so that's pretty slow (the slowest grinder I have found is at 1725 rpm) and I have no worry of temper being removed with 400 or 600 grit sanding belts. All you are doing is touching up your chisels anyway. I really appreciate you sharing this with us. I am making one tomorrow. Very smart idea, thanks again.

    I might try this but add wing nuts and slots to the side supports so the elevation of the angle piece can be adjusted.

    Now just add this to the belt sander stand ...

    Unfortunately the heat from the friction will take the temper away from carbon steel. Normally carbon steel requires a wet stone on a powered sharpener.

    Lathe tools are sharpened quickly and never touch the belt long enough to lose their temper.

    Oooooooh! Cool! My dad would probably like to have one of these. Are you going to post an Instructable?

    No, sorry, I was "doing it for fun" and didn't take pictures.

    Thank you, you gave them the right answers. You are one cool guy.

    Why didn't you miter the edge closest to the belt, so that you can get approx. 10cm closer to it. More stability, for not much extra work. Good idea though.