I make little things mostly, lures, jewelry… belt sanders that I found in stores were big and heavy, not so easy to carry and store. I have a small corner where I work at home, so size does matter.

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When weather is good, I work outsides, it makes cleaning easier, so a lightweight sander equipped with a cordless rotary tool sounded like a good idea.

I like the idea of recycling materials, all that I used for this, except paint, nuts, and bolts, were found from a dumpster (steel) or unused (old skateboard).

So, even the small belt sanders ain’t really expensive (if you find one), but this one was even cheaper costing nearly nothing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WraOy2e4BxY

But the most important reason was that I like to use tools that I have made or modified by myself.
It gives a little extra spice for making things when you make something by yourself with selfmade tools.

Bonus was that I kinda liked the idea because it follows A. J. Dremel’s original rotary tool & attachments idea.
It takes less than 10 seconds to attach the rotary tool and adjust the belt tightness.

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Everything can be improved, and with this one I planned to add different supports and guides… but I decided to keep it as simple as possible.

Making the belt was the most difficult part, I needed to make 3 of them until I figured out how to get them glued straight, after I tried to make different jigs… Then I realized that I could just place the edge of the belt against the table top… Sometimes solutions are just too simple.