Tips & Tricks: Narrow Belt Sander Gap Filler

When I tilt the table on my stationary narrow belt sander for beveled work, the gap in front of the belt grows wider to the point where smaller parts can drop through. To close this void, I made a reducer from a piece of stiff sheet metal with a length of self-adhesive magnetic strip adhered to its back side. The magnet holds the reducer firmly to the sander’s table as shown. When not in use, I simply store it on the back of the machine. 

—Dave Black, Holdrege, Nebraska

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