How to use a Belt Sander

A belt sander is used to rapidly grind down a piece of wood or some other object. They are normally used at the beginning stages of the sanding process. A belt sander can also be used to remove paints or other types of covering such as finishing. Here is a quick and easy guide that will show you how to use the #1 belt sander.

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Safety First

When you use your belt sander make sure you have some basic safety gear on hand. You do not have to put on full body armor but you should at least wear safety goggles, a long sleeve shirt and maybe a pair of gloves. Gloves might not be necessary but can be worn to protect a person’s hands against nicks and cuts.

Prepare your Work Area

Belt SanderYour work area is very important. Make sure it is clear and free from objects. You should also have the material that you are going to sand close by so you do not have to search for it. Make sure the board you are going to stand is locked into place. Never hold an object while you use your belt sander. You could end up injuring your hand.

When a you sand an object you have to keep the cord out of the way. The cord can ruin the sanding process so it should be wrapped up in a certain way or placed over your shoulder. Just make sure that you leave enough of the cord to get the job done.

How to Sand an Object

Raise the sander slightly off of the object you going to file. Turn the machine on and then ease it down onto the object. Once the sander meets the object’s surface, then draw the machine back toward you. This will be your first sanding stroke. The trick to using a belt sander is to keep the sander connected to the surface without causing it to bump around.


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As you sand your object and come close to the perimeter of the piece; make sure you only go no more than 1/3 over the edge of the board. If you go over more than a 1/3 over the edge you could easily damage the object. You should also use a pencil to mark the direction you should sand a piece.

Also, keep sand dust out of the way. Sand dust can easily clog your machine or make you work harder to sand a piece. The best way that you can learn how to use your sander is to practice, practice, practice. Once you become familiar with your equipment, you’ll be sanding like a pro in no time at all.