Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Making Large Dowels With a Belt Sander

In a previous post and video I showed you all my submission for the 2x4 challenge. I made a 2x4
workbench and I am using it all the time. When I was planning this project I had another idea for a dragster car. I began to make the car, and realized I needed to make large dowels for the rear wheels. This gave me the idea for my latest video where I make large dowels with a belt sander.

I used my new mini workbench to cut and drill a 2x8. The jig was made up of some scraps in my workshop and took me only 15 minutes to build.  After testing it I was surprised to realize that the jig did not need any alterations so I left it as is. In the future I may improve the aesthetics of the jig and continue to use it my shop. The arm (shown in top right photo) is simply a 1x3 piece of plywood with a pivot screw at one end and a bolt at the other to hold the dowel securely in place.

Here is a small cam made from plywood; I cut it on the band saw. I placed the screw off center on the cam to allow for a fine graduation for sanding the dowel.  The end result was impressive and I will definitely be using this again. To see how it all cam together check out the video below. If you want to see the dragster video click here.


  1. Naturally the same will also apply to engine dimension, a lot more amps you could have, a lot more power you will need to control. And so primarily, workers must be secure as well as thorough with their belt sanders; this perfection involving complete sanding, by way of example, is usually fairly tough to attain with one of these large power tools.

  2. Cool stuff and thanks for sharing this interesting video on how to use a belt sander for tasks like this. Will mark it for future reference!

  3. That's kind of how it feels to switch from a brutish 4x24 belt sander to a lithe 3x21 model. Although you might miss the power and wide “road coverage” of a 4x24, Brandy Wolfe