2016-10-12 (W) Power Drill to Belt Sander Conversion

5/16" (8mm) ID steel sleeves were purchased to act as spacers. The parts found at a local store were longer than desired. The spacers didn't have to be much longer than 1/4" (6mm) but these were 1/2" (12mm). Fortunately, they were solid when the unit was assembled so the length was not a problem. The purpose of the sleeves was to put distance between the spinning plastic parts and ensure that all rotation was being handled by the bearings. The design was very similar to skate wheels.

Spacers around a pulley

Once assembled the sander even looked like it was still a sturdy build and it felt like it. The addition of the spacers allowed the nuts around the drive shaft to be tightened more than before instead of relying on estimated spacing and lock nuts.

Front view of sander

Testing still has to happen. The drive pulley doesn't sit at the exact center anymore and this may cause problems while driving the belt. If this  configuration runs smoothly the project will be complete.

Side view of sander


The rest of the posts for this project have been arranged by date.

First time here?

Completed projects from year 1.

Completed projects from year 2.

Completed projects from year 3.

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