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I started on the project today, measure the belt length, cut the ends at 20 degrees, stick some tape on and whats the problem?

Plan A developed a flaw. I'll let you work out what it was.


Plan B was much better. Cut properly, stuck with a very strong cloth tape with added superglue dabs.

I dont have a pic of that one, its on the sander, and it works well except I got a bit over enthusiastic with the backing tape and put two cross layers on, so despite the ends being butt jointed, its a bit bumpy when its running.
I sanded a 6" x 2" piece of padauk to a glue quality finish and am over all very pleased.

Plan C will have just one layer of tape. But I shall let this one run for a while to test its survival time.
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instead of a butt seam use a scarf (angled 15-20°) joint

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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yup, 20 degree butt, preferablly cut same way at both ends. Tape underneath. An over lap joint is too bulky.
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If you leave the strip just slightly long you can fold it over and cut both ends at the same time which will ensure a perfect match even if the angle changes part way across. Whatever the plastic film is that the pros use it is literally microscopically thin.

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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I tried that, and never got the joint to stay together as long as the manufactured ones. Their joint material is much better than I could come up with.

I also learned not to buy or try to use belts that are more than about two years old, because their joint adhesives go bad with extended age. I stock a lot of sand paper and sanding disks, but keep my sanding belt stock to a very minimum and only buy more if I just put on my last one of that grit.

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Well, the belt failed today. But not for the reason i thought it would.
The tape is plenty strong enough. Where I doubled the tape thickness it made such a whack whack as it went round, that the sanding belt rucked up on the double thickness against the wood.

I have the MK2 version glued as i type. This one will only have a single layer of tape, but as its only 50mm tape and a 100mm belt, i shall use two pieces of tape, and make them longer than the last, and staggered, again to offset that "whack" as the extra thickness comes over the roll, and some superglue on the butt join on the grit side to stop any flap developing.

I emphasise this is an exercise to get me out of trouble if a belt breaks or wears out unexpectedly. I get a few visitors from the UK during the year, and they are always expected to bring care packages for me, but they can be a month or more apart. I dont think this will be the full answer to my store problem. but as always, its fun trying.
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have you considered opening a supply house...
there must be other tradesmen that need stuff...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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have you considered opening a supply house...
there must be other tradesmen that need stuff...
Stick, I'm a majority on one.

There are many fully equipped trades shops making wood furniture. I seem to be the only one doing it as a hobby. I can get anything industrial, 20 locations near to me.Its a 100% skewed from the UK. Hobbies do not exist here even among the ex pats. Most of them just sit around drinking and eating.

Oops, gotta go, late for the pub meal. Neil Diamond tonight. Thought he was dead, but I'll let you know tomorrow if he is or he isnt.
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where do the shops that are there get there stuff from???
got community bulletin board???
post a flyer.. there must be others...


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Well, Neil diamond had a very sore throat tonight, but the act was passable. After the interval, guess what? Elvis had NOT left the building!

An OK night, but mainly because we were in good company and the food and drink was cheap.

I get really angry when singers try to do a 1 minute 58 second song in 46 seconds.

I think Johnny be good took about 37 seconds. GRRRRRRRR!.

Presley's vegas years have a lot to answer for.
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