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Does anybody make their own belt sander belts from strips?

Trying to keep costs down, but despite a couple of you tube vids I cant get the join smooth enough.
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wouldn't bother...
not worth the effort...

there's volumes here on this subject...
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no...but if you need to be persistent...

Cut a piece of cloth bias tape (wide single-fold type, available at fabric stores) about 2″ longer than the width of the belt. Lay one end of the belt, grit-side down, on the bench; then apply cyanoacrylate glue to the end of the belt. Lay half of the bias tape’s width on the glue, place waxed paper over the tape, and use a weight to press down on it for about 30 seconds, or until the glue sets. Wrap the belt around and repeat the gluing process to reconnect the ends of the belt. Trim off the excess tape, and the belt’s ready to use.
the manufacturer uses heat press (vulcanization process) to set the kevlar tape/glue and the belts have a one year shelf life...

Klingspor FAQ page

AccuBind Pro Binding Strips will work but you need a 250 - 300 degree heated press (carpet seaming iron?) to apply them correctly and the price will hurt your brain...
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Thats good to know, but I will just buy mine. Kingspore has good prices.

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Every sanding paper or belt test I've seen rated Klingspor at the top but Norton's belts and paper are a good second.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Every sanding paper or belt test I've seen rated Klingspor at the top but Norton's belts and paper are a good second.
Nothing wrong with Nortons.

One nice thing about Klingspore is you can buy bulk and rolls, and their boxes of ends cuttings are a good buy for making your own sanding blocks and pads.

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My machine is from the UK, 2000 miles away. delivery time as many as 3 weeks. That size is not available locally.

thats the reason I'm trying to make my own.

I can buy the continuous belt here, but so far havent found a decent joining tape. Tried overlapping the belt and glueing with super glue. It held up, but even filing off the grit from the overlap it was too bumpy to be much good.

The quest continues.
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Bob, seeing where you live and trying to put myself in your shoes...I think I would just bite the bullet and over-order a wide variety of sanding belts. My best guess is that the cost is quite prohibitive, but may save you time and trouble (and money?) in the long run.

I wish you the best of luck in this pursuit!
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wouldn't bother...
not worth the effort...

there's volumes here on this subject...
upshot...
no...but if you need to be persistent...

Cut a piece of cloth bias tape (wide single-fold type, available at fabric stores) about 2″ longer than the width of the belt. Lay one end of the belt, grit-side down, on the bench; then apply cyanoacrylate glue to the end of the belt. Lay half of the bias tape’s width on the glue, place waxed paper over the tape, and use a weight to press down on it for about 30 seconds, or until the glue sets. Wrap the belt around and repeat the gluing process to reconnect the ends of the belt. Trim off the excess tape, and the belt’s ready to use.
the manufacturer uses heat press (vulcanization process) to set the kevlar tape/glue and the belts have a one year shelf life...

Klingspor FAQ page

AccuBind Pro Binding Strips will work but you need a 250 - 300 degree heated press (carpet seaming iron?) to apply them correctly and the price will hurt your brain...
What can be done, with those belts that you have in the shelf for more than one year? Can you add some tape over the original kevlar tape/glue to "save" the belt?

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Bob, seeing where you live and trying to put myself in your shoes...I think I would just bite the bullet and over-order a wide variety of sanding belts. My best guess is that the cost is quite prohibitive, but may save you time and trouble (and money?) in the long run.

I wish you the best of luck in this pursuit!
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Otis, I do my woodworking as a retirement hobby, running it on a shoe string mostly. Dont want to tie up a 100 or more in sanding belts, especially as has been noted here, theyre only designed to last one year and several may fall apart before I even put them on the machine..

What I do have some spare of is time, so I shall experiment some more yet. i'm not known for giving in.
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What can be done, with those belts that you have in the shelf for more than one year? Can you add some tape over the original Kevlar tape/glue to "save" the belt?
re-vulcanize...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
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