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Buyer's guide to 15 portable belt sanders.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #16 Sep-Oct 1990 pg. 46

Tip on slowing down the speed of some imported direct-drive combination disc/belt sanders.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #27 Jul-Aug 1992 pg. 4

Use double-sided tape attached to a larger scrap block when sanding thin stock on a disk or belt sander.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #27 Jul-Aug 1992 pg. 12

Tip describes how to remove a large amount of waste wood quickly with a belt sander.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #30 Jan-Feb 1993 pg. 18

Buyer's guide to portable belt sanders.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #41 1995 Tool Buyer's Guide pg. 74

Buyer's guide to combination belt/disc sanders.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #41 1995 Tool Buyer's Guide pg. 86

Buyer's guide to portable belt sanders.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #48 1996 Tool Buyer's Guide pg. 76

Buyer's guide to combination 6"x48" belt and disc sanders.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #48 1996 Tool Buyer's Guide pg. 98

Buyer's guide to bench top and floor model combination 6"x48" belt-disc sander.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #55 1997 Tool Buyer's Guide pg. 86

Tip on sanding concave surfaces with a belt sander.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #56 Dec 1996 pg. 30

Getting the most from a portable belt sander. Covers techniques for flattening a panel, smoothing a panel, and tips on sanding plywood, veneers, edges and small parts. Also gives advice on selecting grit belts and items that will extend their life.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #57 Feb 1997 pg. 44

Buyer's guide to 6"x48" combination belt-disc sanders.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #62 1998 Tool Buyer's Guide pg. 56

Buyer's guide to portable belt sanders.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #62 1998 Tool Buyer's Guide pg. 60

Make a holder that converts a portable belt sander into a stationary one.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #63 Dec 1997 pg. 32

Buyer's guide to portable belt sanders.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #69 1999 Tool Buyer's Guide pg. 58

Buyer's guide to stationary belt-disc sanders.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #69 1999 Tool Buyer's Guide pg. 62

Annual buyer's guide to portable belt sanders.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #76 Fall-Winter 1999 pg. 34

Annual buyer's guide to combination belt/disc sanders.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #76 Fall-Winter 1999 pg. 41

How to buy a portable sander. (1) Random-orbit sander. (2) Belt sander.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #90 Nov 2001 pg. 85

Hand-held belt sander tips and techniques.
CANADIAN HOME WORKSHOP Winter 2002 (v.25#3) pg. 18

Shop-built belt sander and disk sander combination features a built-in dust collector.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Nov 1985 (v.9#2) pg. 32

True grit. Buyer's guide to the selection and use of 20 portable belt sanders primarily in the 3"x21" to 4"x24" range.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Aug 1990 (v.13#11) pg. 16

Portable belt sanders. A user test of five of the most popular single-speed models.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Feb 1995 (v.18#5) pg. 39

Build a portable edge sander that uses 6"x48" belts. The belt moves horizontally.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jan 1996 (v.19#4) pg. 38

Using tools. Belt sander basics.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #241 Sep 1983 (v.33#7) pg. 18

Using a portable belt sander without disasters. Some tips.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #294 Jan 1989 (v.39#1) pg. 16

Tip shows how to prevent project edges from being rounded off by a belt sander.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #316 Mar 1991 (v.41#3) pg. 95

Using power tools for better, faster, easier results. (1) Circular saw. (2) Drill. (3) Router. (4) Jigsaw (saber saw). (5) Belt sander.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #319 Jun 1991 (v.41#6) pg. 25
Added Info FAMILY HANDYMAN #337 Apr 1993 (v.43#4) pg. 32

Tip on using a belt sander to sharpen tools.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #345 Feb 1994 (v.44#2) pg. 22

Masterful results with your portable belt sander.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #350 Jul-Aug 1994 (v.44#7) pg. 26

Tip on sanding the edge of a board with a belt sander.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #372 Oct 1996 (v.46#9) pg. 63

Tip: Remove dust collection bag from a belt sander if using the sander to grind chisels or other metal objects. This will prevent a fire hazard.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #49 Oct-Nov 1988 pg. 28

Survey of nine 3"x21" portable belt sanders. Includes instructions on replacing the stock metal platen with a graphite-impregnated heavy canvas to improve performance.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #122 Apr-May 1999 pg. 80

One man tells which three power tools are the most important to have in the shop of a serious woodworker.
FINE WOODWORKING #1 Winter 1975 pg. 36

Simple jig set over a belt sander will produce perfect wooden balls from small cubes of wood.
FINE WOODWORKING #23 Jul-Aug 1980 pg. 10

Add a counterbalance to a portable belt sander to eliminate the tendancy of the machine to tip to one side and "scoop" the work being sanded.
FINE WOODWORKING #33 Mar-Apr 1982 pg. 16

Simple fixture turns a portable belt sander into an edge sander when used in conjunction with your table saw.
FINE WOODWORKING #34 May-Jun 1982 pg. 20

How to utilize your wood lathe as a belt sander to speed up the tedious job of rounding canoe paddle shafts (or other square stock).
FINE WOODWORKING #39 Mar-Apr 1983 pg. 16

Adjustable tool rest lets you use a belt sander as a wide-surface grinder.
FINE WOODWORKING #43 Nov-Dec 1983 pg. 10

Tips for keeping a belt sander's belt "on track".
FINE WOODWORKING #50 Jan-Feb 1985 pg. 6

How to modify a belt sander to shape and smooth large-radius concave surfaces, such as a seat on a deacon's bench.
FINE WOODWORKING #53 Jul-Aug 1985 pg. 10

Three tips to improve belt sander tracking.
FINE WOODWORKING #56 Jan-Feb 1986 pg. 6

Tip: Convert your belt sander to an edge sander with a large C-clamp and a piece of plywood (for the table).
FINE WOODWORKING #61 Nov-Dec 1986 pg. 8

Tip: Foam carpet underlay will provide a slip-proof cushion when belt sanding.
FINE WOODWORKING #68 Jan-Feb 1988 pg. 10

Belt sander survey. Five different brands of low-profile portable belt sanders are tested.
FINE WOODWORKING #69 Mar-Apr 1988 pg. 70
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #71 Jul-Aug 1988 pg. 18

Bullnose edge sander. A low-cost method for sanding in tight places. A sanding belt is driven around a "bullnose block" by a drum chucked in your drill press.
FINE WOODWORKING #71 Jul-Aug 1988 pg. 76

Trough-shaped jig placed over a belt sander lets you quickly sand an even chamfer on small parts.
FINE WOODWORKING #72 Sep-Oct 1988 pg. 10

Tip: Use graphite cloth on belt sander platen to reduce friction.
FINE WOODWORKING #72 Sep-Oct 1988 pg. 18

Tip: Use graphite-impregnated canvas to reduce friction from the platten of a stationary belt sander.
FINE WOODWORKING #77 Jul-Aug 1989 pg. 12

Using a portable belt sander to handle the most common sanding problems. How to get good performance from your machine.
FINE WOODWORKING #78 Sep-Oct 1989 pg. 80

Build a stationary belt sander starting with parts from a Gilliom belt sander kit.
FINE WOODWORKING #79 Nov-Dec 1989 pg. 88

Tip on belt sanding a narrow edge by using scrap wood straightedges to increase the surface area.
FINE WOODWORKING #107 Jul-Aug 1994 pg. 18

The belt sander as a cabinetmaking tool. This hand-held machine does a lot more than sand surfaces flat.
FINE WOODWORKING #119 Jul-Aug 1996 pg. 59
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #120 Sep-Oct 1996 pg. 10

Choosing a belt sander. Look for variable speed, a powerful motor, and comfort.
FINE WOODWORKING #121 Nov-Dec 1996 pg. 48

Belt sander basics. Tips on selecting and using a portable belt sander. Part 1.
HOME MECHANIX #708 Apr 1987 (v.83) pg. 26

Belt sander basics. Tips on selecting and using a portable belt sander. Part 2.
HOME MECHANIX #709 May 1987 (v.83) pg. 32

How to sand end-grain using a belt sander without rounding over the edges.
HOME MECHANIX #729 Jan 1989 (v.85) pg. 12

Shop-tool basics. Part 6. Narrow-belt and wide-belt sanders and disc sanders. Selecting abrasives, belt tracking, etc.
HOMEOWNER Oct 1986 (v.11#8) pg. 69

Combination belt and disk sanders. Includes jigs for uniform sanding of several identical pieces.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #469 Jun 1967 (v.63) pg. 96

Buying and using a portable belt sander.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #477 Feb 1968 (v.64) pg. 98

Build a stand for your belt sander.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #508 Sep 1970 (v.66) pg. 75

Turn a portable belt sander into a sander-grinder by building a platform with a tilting worktable and pulleys that will accommodate a 44" long belt.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #522 Nov 1971 (v.67) pg. 114

Basic techniques for using stationary belt and disk sanders.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #527 Apr 1972 (v.68) pg. 126

Shop test of the Toolcraft Model 300 bench mounted sander.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #583 Dec 1976 (v.72) pg. 124

Portable, hand-held belt sanders. What is available and tips on their use.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #634 Mar 1981 (v.77) pg. 98

Adjustable jig for sanding perfect circles on a stationary belt sander.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #653 Oct 1982 (v.78) pg. 58

Shopping for a portable electric belt sander or pad sander. What is available and tips on their use.
PARENTS HOME Apr 1981 (v.5#7) pg. 9

Various uses for a belt sander are described.
POPULAR MECHANICS Dec 1969 (v.132#6) pg. 168

Shop test of the Acro Mfg. Co. $35 belt sander.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1972 (v.138#1) pg. 176

How to add an Edge-a-near to a portable belt sander to make it an efficient edge sander.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1973 (v.140#5) pg. 176

Workshop minicourse. Belt sander basics.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1979 (v.152#3) pg. 113

Workshop minicourse. Portable belt sander basics.
POPULAR MECHANICS Dec 1982 (v.158#6) pg. 112

Great woodworking jigs for your shop. Part 1. Portable belt sander jig, with an adjustable table, holds the sander securely while you feed the work with two hands.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1983 (v.160#5) pg. 104

Supersander. An inside-outside look at the most versatile sanding machine you can buy, the Delta 6"x48" belt sander and 12" disc sander combination. Includes tips on adjustments, shop-built jigs, and uses.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1986 (v.163#1) pg. 104

Sander secrets. Smoothing rough spots with four portable power sanders. Tips on selecting and using the belt sander, palm sander, finishing sander and disc sander.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1989 (v.166#7) pg. 85

Versatile belt sander does many jobs.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1963 (v.182#2) pg. 122

Mounting table for hand-held belt sander.
POPULAR SCIENCE Mar 1963 (v.182#3) pg. 149

Belt sander that works on its side.
POPULAR SCIENCE Nov 1964 (v.185#5) pg. 162

Belt and disk sander stand has built-in vacuum to collect dust.
POPULAR SCIENCE May 1965 (v.186#5) pg. 158

Guide attaches to portable belt sanders. Helps guarantee that edges of wood are sanded square.
POPULAR SCIENCE Nov 1967 (v.191#5) pg. 159

Photos show how to make a permanent fix and a temporary fix to keep belts from sliding off a belt sander.
POPULAR SCIENCE Mar 1975 (v.206#3) pg. 132

Accessory jigs for the 6" Rockwell stationary belt/disc sander.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jun 1982 (v.220#6) pg. 87

Tip on detecting and eliminating dips left by a belt sander when flattening wide panels.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #62 Sep 1991 (v.11#2) pg. 8

Sanding a surface flat. Use a belt sander and this four-step process to quickly flatten a glued-up top or panel.
SHOPNOTES #7 Jan 1993 (v.2) pg. 10

Product review and tests of seven 3"-wide belt sanders.
SHOPNOTES #29 Sep 1996 (v.5) pg. 8

Shop-built industrial quality edge sander uses a 6"x89" sanding belt. Built mostly of wood and ordinary hardware. Includes instructions for fabricating the barrel-shaped drive and idler rollers from stacks of wooden disks. Powered by a 3/4-hp TEFC motor.
SHOPNOTES #37 Jan 1998 (v.7) pg. 16, 14, 15

Free-floating vertical belt sander. Can be adjusted for belts of various lengths. Built from angle iron and square tubing.
SKINNED KNUCKLES #163 Feb 1990 (v.14#7) pg. 22

Tip shows how to gang sand the edges of several boards at the same time using a belt sander.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #815 May 1997 (v.93) pg. 26

Tip suggests how to use a belt sander to remove a lot of wood or smooth a very rough board.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #819 Oct 1997 (v.93) pg. 25

Tip: Use a small portable light to prevent gouging the wood when using a portable belt sander.
WOOD MAGAZINE #2 Nov-Dec 1984 (v.1#2) pg. 25

Portable belt sanders. How to select the one which is right for you. Includes a test of seven different brands of belt sanders costing less than $200.
WOOD MAGAZINE #2 Nov-Dec 1984 (v.1#2) pg. 57, 61

Convert a portable belt sander into a precision stationary sander using this wooden jig to secure the belt sander to your workbench.
WOOD MAGAZINE #2 Nov-Dec 1984 (v.1#2) pg. 102

Tip to prevent sanding through the thin veneer of plywood and fibercore lumber when using a belt sander.
WOOD MAGAZINE #9 Feb 1986 (v.3#1) pg. 22

Tip: Use an auxiliary wooden table (with zero clearance) when sanding small parts on a vertical belt sander.
WOOD MAGAZINE #23 Jun 1988 (v.5#3) pg. 20

Get smooth results from your portable belt sander. Technique for sanding a large surface (such as a table top) without leaving ridges or gouges.
WOOD MAGAZINE #25 Oct 1988 (v.5#5) pg. 55

Shop test of 14 stationary belt sanders. Looks at both narrow-belt and wide-belt sanders.
WOOD MAGAZINE #28 Apr 1989 (v.6#2) pg. 58

Portable belt sanders. A look at 30 top-selling sanders and tips on selection and use.
WOOD MAGAZINE #30 Aug 1989 (v.6#4) pg. 54

How to cure an uneven sanding pattern when using a portable belt sander.
WOOD MAGAZINE #30 Aug 1989 (v.6#4) pg. 80

Tip on sanding the edges of identical-width boards with a belt sander so as to avoid "round over" and uneven widths.
WOOD MAGAZINE #34 Apr 1990 (v.7#2) pg. 22

Portable belt sanders. Buyer's guide to 32 machines.
WOOD MAGAZINE #38 Oct 1990 (v.7#6) pg. 74

Tool-buyer's roundup. Important buying points and charts of features for cordless drills, drill presses, jointers, portable belt sanders, routers, scroll saws, table saws, and thickness planers.
WOOD MAGAZINE #56 Nov 1992 (v.9#8) pg. 64

How to level glued-up stock using a belt sander.
WOOD MAGAZINE #59 Feb 1993 (v.10#2) pg. 57

Buyer's guide to 34 stationary belt sanders.
WOOD MAGAZINE #65 Nov 1993 (v.10#8) pg. 58

Portable belt sanders. A description of what to look for and evaluations of 14 models.
WOOD MAGAZINE #100 Nov 1997 (v.14#7) pg. 68

Belt/disc sanders under $600. Shop tests of five combination sanders and a guide to features to consider when buying one.
WOOD MAGAZINE #109 Nov 1998 (v.15#7) pg. 60

Build this wooden tool rest for a stationary belt sander to achieve a hollow-ground edge on any tool.
WOODSMITH #33 May-Jun 1984 pg. 3
Added Info WOODSMITH #35 Sep-Oct 1984 pg. 22

Using a Black & Decker power file to speed up the sanding of spindles while still on the lathe.
WOODTURNING #20 Mar 1994 pg. 73

Shop-made tool to make precise circles using a stationary disk- or vertical-belt sander.
WOODWORK #46 Aug 1997 pg. 8

Tips on buying portable belt sanders.
WOODWORKER #1089 Aug 1984 (v.88) pg. 472

Letting loose the belt. A series of simple jigs to improve the usefulness of a portable belt sander. (1) Sanding table with adjustable tilt. (2) Radiusing jig. (3) Turning jig.
WOODWORKER Nov 1990 (v.94#11) pg. 1156

Tip on evenly sanding a wide board with a belt sander without removing too much material.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1989 (v.13#5) pg. 66

The portable belt sander. Features to consider when choosing one. How to tune a sander, sand flat panels, use a sanding frame and smooth flat stock.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1997 (v.21#5) pg. 82

Tip shows how to make an overhead dust collector for a belt sander from the exhaust system of a clothes dryer.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1977 (v.33#5) pg. 91

Stationary belt sander made from shop scraps, including plumbing pipe, wood, angle iron, etc.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1979 (v.35#6) pg. 92

Tip: Simple wooden jig supports a portable belt sander securely while changing belts.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1981 (v.37#5) pg. 9

Construct this special wooden base with built-in receptacles and switches for use with the Black & Decker drill-powered belt sander attachment.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1982 (v.38#4) pg. 69

Holder for a portable belt sander makes it into a "stationary" power tool complete with a miter gauge.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1983 (v.39#5) pg. 135

Shop built belt sander is versatile power tool. The belt unit rotates 360-degrees and locks at any angle.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1984 (v.40#3) pg. 85

Secrets of a belt sander user. Tried and true tips for avoiding harsh pitfalls and getting smooth results.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1990 (v.46#1) pg. 42