Sunday, August 13, 2017

Can I use my belt sander to sand toys?

The 90% sanding on this little truck body was done using two belt sanders. A Shopsmith 6x48 belt sander with a worn 80 grit belt and my Delta 1x42 strip/belt sander with a silicon carbide 220 grit belt. It's about as smooth as you can get pine.

Wooden Toy Truck Sanded With Belt Sanders
Wooden Toy Truck Sanded With Belt Sanders

I use the larger Shopsmith sander to do the heavy work an smooth out the flat areas and in this case remove the finish from the recycled wood. Then I use the Delta belt sander to fine tune and do the final smoothing. It takes a little practice an a light touch. Even 220 grit belts can can chew of a bunch of wood in a hurry. It is sort of like carving with a sanding belt. I can literally reshape the toy as I;m smoothing it.

As for the 10% I eased the corners with a foam fingernail file. If your hand is steady enough you could do this with the bet sander. However, I can't control the wooden toy well enough to give me satisfactory results.

I sanded inside the window with a shop made scroll saw sander that I made with two strips of sanding belt, some double sided tape, and a scroll saw blade.

Delta 1x42 Strip Sander
Delta 1x42 Strip Sander
 Shopsmith Belt Sander and Power Stand
Shopsmith Belt Sander and Power Stand

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