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Wanna buy a belt sander anyone use this harbor freight one?

Discussion in 'The DIY Tool Shed' started by highwaycat, Oct 9, 2018.

  1. highwaycat

    highwaycat Tele-Meister

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    I'm looking at this one for assisting in making nuts, mainly for sanding the width down to fit the nut cavity on the thicker blanks. Are there other recommendations for one maybe with a disc?

    Do you think I'll need a angle gauge? I'm also considering getting a small Starrett square to help true things up.

    https://www.harborfreight.com/1-in-x-30-in-belt-sander-60543.html
     
  2. pictacado

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  3. highwaycat

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  4. I have the Rigid ros version and use it continually for body shaping, nut thickness/shaping, headstock transition, neck back transitions...much more versatile than a standard belt or disk.

    I made this jig for nut thicknessing a few years ago that could be adapted for a belt or disk. It has been a huge improvement in time savings and consistency. I stick the nut in the recess with a little spray sticky on the back, set the block in the miter slot, and turn the knob on the back to move the nut in and out towards the belt. I have some reference lines on the jig for approximate thickness.

    Eric

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  5. pictacado

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    The 12" is way to big if grinding nuts are the only thing you'll be using it for. I was looking for an inexpensive small disc sander, not a combo model, so ended up not buying anything. I'll probably end up building my own disc sander out of tools I have around. It was easy enough to use glued down sand paper to take off the thickness by hand, but to make the nut shorter this method proved difficult to keep things even & square.

    Here is a thread which includes some posts about building your own disc sander, you'll find eallen's setup there too :)

    http://www.tdpri.com/threads/q-how-to-thin-down-a-bone-blank.857394/
     
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  6. highwaycat

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    Thanks I'll make a jig I'm taking another woodworking class so it should be the way to go.
     
  7. SacDAve

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    I bought this about two years ago it's really nice for shaping nuts and most small parts. I keep finding more things to use it for really a handy tool. But if you are just starting out building up your woodworking tools not sure what tools you have there’s others I’d buy first. I should add I’m not a big fan of HF tools.

    https://www.rockler.com/rikon-50-15...8uBW6ed9FfomcaWqxUxIDM7gyvPA5OW4aAgfmEALw_wcB
     
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  8. noah330

    noah330 Friend of Leo's

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    Harbor Freight is great for some things but for power tools I would probably buy something a little nicer. Maybe check Craigslist or some pawn shops if you're short on funds.

    Just my two cents.
     
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  9. kafka

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    There's a narrow range where HF has some decent tools at a really good price. Outside that range it's usually either too cheap to bother with, or worth it to spend the $$ on something really good. For a little 1x6 sander, I think they'd probably be OK for hobbyist purposes. I have a 20" drill press that's actually really well made.

    Also, recently discovered FB Marketplace is really good for tools, at least in my area.
     
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  10. stormin1155

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    I have one and use it every day. Very handy. I have a couple of bigger ones (4"x36" and 6"x48"), but the little one is just so handy.
     
  11. TNO

    TNO Friend of Leo's

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    I have made many nuts and acoustic saddles on that HF belt sander. Buy the extended warranty for it.
     
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