You can chew up a great deal of sandpaper flattening an airplane iron, a big sculpt or the bottom of an aircraft. It makes good sense to make use of paper that lasts a very long time– like a sanding belt. If you cut a belt to lay open, it will not sit flat, due to the fact that its support is too stiff.

I made this jig for the 6 × 48 belts that go on my mix disc/belt sander, however it might be any size. Cut off the brief end and make opposing wedges to pull the belt tight.

To conquer this issue, I designed a jig that stretches a belt extremely tight. The jig is doublesided, of course, so you’ll utilize the entire belt.

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