Category Archives: Woodworking

SBW#7 – Central Machinery Belt Sander Assembly and Review

Some time ago I purchased a Central Machinery 4″ x 36″ Belt and 6″ Disk Sander. For the longest time I had just clamped by 3″ wide portable belt sander upside down and used it like a stationary one but I found that as I used it with more projects I need a wider/longer table to do quality work.

As a result, I foray in this realm is with a bench top model from Harbor Freight. While I know most of the time their tools will not pass the longevity test, it made a good starter.

I unboxed it and started to assembly this unit and could already tell that would be the case.

One of the things I took notice of was the dust collection system on this device was not very robust. In fact, I am not sure how it even manages to work with a 1/2″ dust port on the disk sander dust guard definitely limits the cfm that you need to move dust. The port under the belt was better but certainly not what I was expecting. Perhaps this was designed to be hooked up to a small shopvac? I am not sure but my 4″ system could easily swallow the dust guards themselves.

The other thing that bothered me was the bed for the belt had a twist in it. It is one thing for the bed to be not square but with a twist in it, well, that will not necessarily make straight edges. I do believe though I can twist it back in shape but still I should not have to do that for a new piece of equipment.

Using the sander though was much nicer than my old setup. Even with the same grit sandpaper it seemed to easily take on the jobs I threw at it. Perhaps that is because the motor was just better than a portable one and therefore did not bog down as much. Plus, it comes with the added bonus of having lower decibels than my old portable Skill Belt Sander.

Overall, assembly was smooth minus some force needed to get the rubber feet on, overall stability is not great but good considering the price point. Longevity has yet to be determined. The two major downsides that I have found was the twist in the bed and dust collection – who needs one for a high dust creating device right?

Below is the video of the assembly. If you enjoy it, please give a thumbs up and do not forget to subscribe.


SBW#1 & 2 – Crosscut Sled Part 1 & 2

SBW or Sean’s Basement Workshop is where I make and/or repair things.

This post is the first of hopefully many more to come where I show how-to guides and videos as well as other items that I have done in or around my home. Some may be in my basement workshop while others are not.

This article is about a Crosscut Sled I made for my table saw.  For years I have just used my table saw for ripping or cross cutting larger pieces of materials. But as time has continued the need to better stabilize any material I was cross cutting has become evident. No longer was my table saw factory’s miter gauge able to do this so I decided to build a medium – or at least that is what I like to size it as – Crosscut Sled.

This is a two part series because my camera died about half way through filming this and the second camera I used had a different resolution. So, in order to make the videos consistent there is a part 1 and part 2.

Here is what the finished product looks like.

From the back…20160103_142811-thumb

From the front…20160103_142827-thumb

Part 1 of the series can be found on my YouTube Channel with this link or you can watch the embedded video below.

Crosscut Sled Video Part 1

Part 2 of the series can be found on my YouTube Channel with this link or you can watch the embedded video below.

Crosscut Sled Video Part 2