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Wide-belt sander? 

Hello All,

When I lived in Palo Alto CA twenty years ago I had access to a good wide-belt sander, at the shop of a fellow that I made furniture with for a couple of years. It replaced a big drum sander that clogged up its sandpaper with resin from rosewood and other oily/resinous woods.

I've coveted a WBS ever since, but can't imagine that buying one would increase my productivity enough to justify the expense. Has anyone treated themselves to the luxury?


Brian Burns
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date May 19 2018 15:07:22
Tom Blackshear


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RE: Wide-belt sander? (in reply to NorCalluthier


I can't imagine being without one since most of my thickness work is being done with it. Tops, sides, backs, brace material, etc. Even sanding fingerboard width, side to side on a taper, with a little jig I made.

However, too wide is not necessary but to pick one that has enough width to allow you to feed rosewood through on a slant to avoid resin build-up, clogging the sand paper.

I have a 37" wide Proformax double barrel, which is not necessary for this operation. I wind up using a little over half the width, sealed off with duct tape. And the second barrel I never use. A one barrel unit about 25" wide is pretty efficient.

And if you are talking about a wide sander like Brune is using, then I would think your out put in guitars might not warrant the expense.


Tom Blackshear Guitar maker
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date May 19 2018 15:32:50
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