Shop Built Wide belt sander

I seen on In The Workshop sometime ago a guy that came on and built this real simple wide belt sander but i didnt get anything down on paper. Does anyone know of a place where i can buy or download plans?
Or does anyone have any ideas???
Any help would be great.....thanks
Miles
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Miles wrote:

Finding a belt is the hard part, I'd think. I had a "wide" belt sander for awhile, but couldn't find any wide belts to put on it. I made it out of a treadmill someone threw away. It worked surprisingly well, but I didn't do anything clever for belt changing, or tracking adjustments, and it was tricky to use. One slip, and FLUP, there goes another belt shredding itself to ribbons. Dang. It was expensive to operate for that reason.
Anyway, the basic concept works. Just needs refinment. Find a treadmill someone is throwing away, get some wide belts to fit it, and go the extra distance I didn't to come up with a quick change and reliable belt tracking mechanism. I would probably scrap the frame entirely and build a new one better suited for its new purpose. Find someone with a lathe if you don't have one and turn some crowned rollers to improve tracking (duct tape over straight rollers doesn't work, DAMHIKT). Take your cue from a commercial model and allow belts to come off on one side with a spring-loaded adjustable tensioner to allow for changes without having to readjust everything every time...
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here's some. I do love Google!
http://www.moritzdesigns.com/sander/sander.html
http://www.beaumontmetalworks.com/sander.html
http://www.mimf.com/archives/thickness_sander2.htm
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sorry, I read belt and saw drum. Guess it was too early to post. :-{
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here is the drum sander info I was looking for. this looks like a good place to start and lots of parts to be had.
http://www.nicks.ca/Toolkits.html#sander1
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Very interesting. Does any have any experience with these?
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