The ever-industrious Craig Smith sent us a message with some photos of a jig he built to hold his belt sander in place for hands-free sanding. He writes:

I love my hand held belt sander, I use it all the time. But occasionally I need a stationary belt sander to sand small items, or to slide material on a table into the belt, to keep a perfect 90 degree angle. So I made a quick rig that tightly holds the belt sander on a tabletop. The lag screws are in pre-drilled holes that are precisely positioned so the sander, when pushed down within them, is snug & secure. If I need two hands on my material, the sander does have a locking trigger. For years I used this rig before I realized that the motor fan draws air in on the other side to cool it and blow dust into the bag. (oops) So I recently added vent holes and an air channel to the underside, so the sander has proper air flow.

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Here’s a link at all of Craig Smith’s projects

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.