How To Use A Belt Sander For The First Time?

Before using a belt sander to smooth surface, at first, you have to ensure that your clothes don’t get in the way of the tool. A belt sander will leave behind sanding marks in wood so it helps to sand with the grain as much as possible to minimize the amount of cleanup sanding required afterwards. A quick note about distressing your painted pieces: I personally use an orbital sander for all flat surfaces, such as dresser tops and drawer fronts, but prefer to use sanding sponges for any of the detail sanding. Hold the workpiece with the end you’re sanding pointing up. If you feel the belt sander dragging the workpiece up and out of your grasp, back off immediately. Sandpaper attaches to a square pad on the bottom of the palm sander with these clamps.

It’s extremely easy to handle and can use standard 9”x 11” sheet sandpaper cut to size, making it a more affordable option than other sanders when factoring in the cost of sandpaper. No matter which of the three sanding methods you use, always remove the sanding dust before advancing to the next-finer grit sandpaper. Don’t get me wrong, a belt sander works fine for floors that don’t need aggressive sanding.

The stationary belt and disc sander is ideal for smoothing and finishing small parts. If your belt sander comes with clamps, you can clamp it down in a vice and move the wood along the sander as opposed to moving the sander along the wood. The belt sander consists of an electrical motor, two rollers, one of which is a powered roller (normally the rear of the two) the front roller is the tensioning and guiding roller. Cross belt sanders also are used on long panels in which the grain runs in the narrow direction, such as desktops and front panels.


To use a plane you need to learn how to sharpen the blade right, how to check and tune the body of the plane and the chip breaker, and such and adjust it all right and then you need to learn how to use the fool thing. To sand miter cuts, adjust the angle of the miter gauge and leave the worktable square to the belt. Table-mounted belt sanders are mounted, as the name implies, atop a table with four legs or a small bench. Never spin the abrasive belt, drive shaft, pulley, or V-belt to start the belt sander.

A handy accessory if you do much woodworking is a stand that holds your sander on its side, upside down or vertical, allowing you to bring the work to the tool instead of vice versa. To sand convex curves, hold the workpiece firmly against the worktable and rock it against the direction of rotation on the hard side of the belt sander. As you can see, this sander is great for sanding in corners and for finish work.

New cord, new felt pad, twenty minutes of maintenance and $45 dollars later (I also bought a PSA pad for it) I am in business with a half sheet sander with a fine pedigree, if a rather non-existent dust collection system. So, you should just clamp the tool on the table and lock the trigger into ‘ON’ position. Imagine using one to sand a small section of hardwood floor that’s put in a tiny room.

Or in the case of refinishing many prefinished micro beveled floors that require removing the bevel for a uniform appearance; they simply get the work done quicker, but should be left up to a professional that has knowledge of the power they exert. Hitachi is quickly becoming one of the top brands in power tools and backs this belt sander with a five year warranty. If the workpiece is square, then one stop block setting will do. If there are many chamfers to sand, change the position of the stop block to avoid working against just one area of the belt. Sanding belts cost considerably more than the sanding discs used on a random orbital sander but they are also thicker and will last much longer.

Sounds like you’re one of those adepts that I stand in awe of. One that can actually use a disc sander or grinder without a constant white-knuckled worry that you’re about to totally mangle something They’re amazing tools in the right hands. However, it generally involves several layers of plywood, each with cutouts to accommodate the parts of the sander that protrude, plus a couple of hose clamps or other clamping devices to hold the sander securely. The portability of a handheld belt sander really makes them the most popular type of belt sander. Stationary sanders have the tool mounted on a table with four legs or a short bench.