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==Machine Details==
==Machine Details==

Revision as of 20:35, 15 April 2020


Location of the Disc/Belt Sander in the Idea Shop Maker Space

Machine Details

Disc/Belt Sander: For sanding down larger amounts of material.

  • The disc sander is best used for sanding small surface areas and at variable sanding speeds. The sanding speed can be adjusted based on how far away the material is positioned from the center of the sanding disc
  • A sled can be used on the disc sander to help sand materials with greater precision.
  • The belt sander is best used for sanding large surface areas at a constant speed
  • The belt sander can be angled up to 90 degrees to offer a different sanding orientation. The sanding platform must be adjusted when rotating the belt sander. See an Idea Shop staff member if you need assistance.

Permitted Materials

The default sandpaper on the Idea Shop's Disc / Belt Sander can cut the following materials:

  • MDF, Plywood
  • Soft Woods (Cedar, Pine, etc.)
  • Hard Woods (Walnut, Maple, etc.)

See staff members before attempting to use any other material on the sander, as some materials will melt onto the belt or cause damage to the machine.

Safety Instructions


  • Ensure the bed is a maximum of 1/16" distance from the sanding surface. A bigger gap increases the chance that material or fingers can get caught between the bed and the sanding surface.
  • Check the sand paper before use to ensure it is in good condition. If the sand paper needs cleaned or replaced, ask an Idea Shop staff member.
  • Before using the belt sander, ensure it is locked in the desired position. If it can be moved, use the allen key to tighten the belt so it cannot be moved.
  • Run the sander briefly before attempting to sand materials to ensure that the belt will not slip off during use. If the belt needs an adjustment, do not use the machine, and ask an Idea Shop staff member for assistance

Active Use

To use, wait for the motor to come up to speed. Hold your piece securely and flat against the table. Keep hands at least 4” away from the sander at all times.

  • Do not sand materials on the red area of the disc sander. This is the area of the disc sander that spins upward, and can cause your material to lift up from the bed. It is unsafe to use the red area to sand
  • When using the disc sander, make sure that the majority of your material is resting flat on the bed. This ensures that you will have the best control over the material as possible. If you can't orient your part in this manner, use the belt sander instead.
  • Only sand using the right half of the disc sander
  • For the belt sander, hold your piece firmly against the support platform.

Clean Up

  • Vacuum up all debris after using.
  • Some particles stuck to the disc and belt are normal, and will not effect operation.

Best Practices

Never “freehand” sand your workpiece. The sander is a powerful machine and can tear the workpiece from your grip, potentially injuring you or others.

Machine Proficiency

  • For Idea Shop Staff Members