I've been doing some small joinery projects ie dovetail boxes and box
joint boxes. In order to not undersize the pins and tails I cut them
just a little longer than needed and then sand them down flush with each
side of the box.
I've been using my hand held 3x21 belt sander to sand but even with a
light touch I tend to round the sides unevenly.
I've started looking at benchtop belt sanders wondering if this would be
a better way to sand the box sides flat. I've looked at the ryobi,
ridged 4 inch $99 belt sanders and also the delta. All of these have
the disk sander. I've seen the larger 6 inch belt 9 inch disk sander
but not the Jet.
The larger delta seems to have a better movable work table than the $99
I've just about decided on the larger delta but 2 things concern me.
I work outside. When the weather is nice on weekends I'm doing
woodworking. When it is crappy like today I'm doing other things.
All of my tools need to be portable. I don't use the stands for the
most part that come with the tools. I just set it on a portable table
when I need it (using clamps to stablize if needed) and put it on a
shelf when I don't. How heavy is the delta without the stand?
Second, will the wider belt really help me much? I'm not sure I need
the disk sander part. I would sooner just buy a wider belt without the
disk but I have not seen one yet. I've thought of one of the wide belt
sanders but those would probably too heavy and seem to require a dust
collection system (my dust collection system is a broom and the
occational breeze that blows across the front yard).