Disc/Belt Sander

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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 the material is from the center of the sanding disc
  • Metals and plastics must be sanded by hand and are not allowed on the belt/disc sander. Only wood based materials are allowed.

Permitted Materials

Permitted materials include:

  • 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 acrylic or other plastics will melt onto the belt.

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.

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.

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