How to use a Belt Sander – Step by Step Guide
Belt Sander is not a common tool for woodworking. When it is about fine woodworking to prepare a fine piece of furniture or other projects, you should consider using a belt sander as a part of the fashion work. A belt sander is a machinery tool that cut off a considerable amount of wood stock from the face of that piece. This tool is designed especially for sanding down or smoothing the edge of the wood pieces. Since this woodworking process requires much care, you should learn about how to use a belt sander before moving to your project.
However, using a belt sander is pretty easy. Below we have mentioned the necessary steps that you should follow to use a belt sander properly.
Step by Step Guide to Use a Belt Sander
Step 1: Setting Up
- Mark the area of the wood which you want to make smooth. Draw some random lines to keep track which area should be sanded and which area should be avoided. Your pencil line will enable sanding wood in the right direction.
- Prepare the piece of the wood that you are going to be sanded. Make sure that your wood piece will fit perfectly on the table or on the machine.
- Take some safety apparels. If you belt sander does not contain any dust collection bag, you should use goggles to protect your eye from the sawdust. Also, use hand gloves to avoid any accidents while you running your belt sander.
- While you are going to start the motor, you should make sure that your wood piece is in the safe distance from the belt. Otherwise, the wood piece may contact with the belt and the machine may throw the wood which may cause a serious accident.
- Make sure that your cloth is out of the way.
Step 2: Using the Belt Sander
If the belt sander is hand-handled:
- Start the motor of the belt sander and wait until it gets the full speed.
- Use your two hands. One hand will hold the trigger and the another will hold another handle to move the machine forward.
- Make sure that the rear part of the sender will contact the first. Then face down the rest of the sanding onto the wood.
- While you make the contact between the wood and the belt of the sander, you may find that the belt is tending to grab the wood. Don’t keep in this position for a long time. You should drive the belt sander forward to proceed the sanding work properly throughout all surfaces of the woods that you hold.
- Now check your work progress frequently. You should provide light pressure while moving the sander on to the wood piece. Don’t give much pressure on the wood. Heavy pressure on the wood surface may cause damages to the wood.
If the belt sander is not hand-handled or fixed on the base table:
You will see that some belt sander can be managed by taking it at the hand, while some other sender’s belt is fixed on the base table itself.
- In that case, you need to take the wood piece over the machine’s belt.
- Now move the wood piece down to the running belt.
- Slightly attach the side of the wood which you want to do the sanding.
- Move your wood piece to the side direction to allow the belt sanding your wood piece.
- Now move up the wood to check whether your sanding task is completed or you need to repeat the process again.
Thus you can be sanding your wood pieces using a belt sander. It is not a hard process at all, but improper knowledge may cause damaging your wood piece or you may be injured. So, you should begin any sanding tasks after knowing how to use a belt sander.