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Strip Thickness Sander Jig

I recently took my belt sander, set it on its side and set up a fence that allows me to make beautiful strips as thin as veneer. If I ever get into inlays, it means that I can use interesting wood that I might have, and I won't have to buy large pieces of veneer so I can get a small piece that I need.

If anyone decides to make one, I'd love to see your take on it, since mine will probably always remain in beta.

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The only thing I would be apprehensive about is running the wood on the front wheel. I'm afraid the belt might start walking off.
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Murphy's Law

My concern is that in a momentary lapse of concentration, you may "self feed" your fingers into the gap. If it can go wrong, it will kinda thing.... I would be pulling the piece through from the other side when I got to with 4" of the end. If you need to hold it against the table, use a featherboard or other device, not your fingers. If need be made you pieces longer than you need so you don't have to get so close to the gap.

Other than that, it's pretty clever.

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I've had no problems with belt 'walk off' and as far as safety, the belt is travelling towards the in feed side so it would not suck your fingers in, it would push them out. On the out feed side the wood is well away from the sander when you grab it.

Still... safety first!
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Iíve cobbled together something similar with an oscillating spindle sander. It was a bit fussy setting it up but worked well enough.
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Nice job! Might I suggest some type of stop that will allow for multiple pieces to be sanded to the exact same thickness without the need to measure?
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Very clever; I like it!
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Nice job! Might I suggest some type of stop that will allow for multiple pieces to be sanded to the exact same thickness without the need to measure?
I would wonder just how 'stable' this jig is for that kind of thing. I don't know if the sandpaper, as it wears, would change things. What I will probably do next is to print out a 360 degree compass and put it behind the adjuster knob. Then carefully document the relationship between turns and thickness.
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