Introduction: Make a Simple Belt Sander Stand

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I still need a large stationary belt sander but is a future project for me. For now, this is a very simple solution to do and that has helped me a lot at time to work. The main thing this stand is that it can be used in 3 positions, horitzontally, vertically and dead flat. As you will see in the how-to video, the results makes the job easier and this plataform it's convert in a tool/resource very useful in the workshop.

So let's get started!

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Step 1: Building Process

Note that the numbers are related to the photos.

1 - First mark the measures of the sander on horizontally, vertically and dead flat position on the plywood for the base and two sides for the vertical part of the stand. One of these side will swing and let you change the sander to dead flat position.

2 - Have also cutout two pieces, as shown in the video, to adjust the stand squarely and use it upright.

3 - Cutout all the pieces according to the size of our sander, and then mark the screw holes for all parts.

4 - Linearly prick the bottom of the vertical and lateral part of the base to screwing both parts.

5/6 - Maybe this is the most important part. In my case I had to make the holes in the edge for screwing the sander vertically. If this is your case too, be sure to check well before drilling.

7/8/9 - I used bolts by 8 mm of diameter, so we'll make a hole that measure and with a Forstner drill bit 15 mm drilled to hide the head.

10 - To remove and easily put sandpaper, I made a rectangular both the base and vertical side cutout. The measure I used was the length and height of the housing of the rollers of the sander.

11/12/13 - I cut a piece with the height required by the base of the sander remains at 90 ° to the base. It can be regulated by adjusting or loosening the screws picture 9.

14/15 - In my case I cut plywood 5 mm thick to add more resistance to the two vertical sides of the stand, the fixed and folding. This way will be tougher to use upright. I recommend it.

16/17 - Cut width to place the hinges at the ends of the vertical side. Can be used piano hinges, I just used the hand I had.

18 /19/20 – Screwing the base to the vertical part with the hinged flap and then screw the hinges at both ends. Now, screw the L brackets. Note that you can tightening and loosening the boths to helps to square the sander on the stand.

21/22 – Screw the two lateral parts and please look carefully in one of these sides because is necessary to make a hole to pass the sander cord. In addition, I made a rebate with the router so that the cord is not crushed when using the sander vertically.

Step 2: List of Materials and Finished Project

I used linseed oil to finish, actually looks great and protected. As you can see, it is a very easy and cheap project to do with a few materials. While I used the table saw, the band saw and the drill press, and for example, you can use a circular saw, a jigsaw and a hand drill. I make this with the materials I had on hand, anyway you can use MDF or hardwood boards instead of playwood. Even the MDF is usually more compact than plywood what can give more stability at the stand.


- Plywood 70 x 70 cm

- 4 L brackets

- 13 screws of 3.5 x 40 mm

- Screws for the hinges and L brackets

- 2 bolts of 8 x 120 mm

- 2 small hinges.

- Linseed oil

The difference is remarkable, especially finishing tiny details. Hopefully you enjoy it and encourage you to make your own.

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