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Thread: How do you store your larger sanding belts?

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    How do you store your larger sanding belts?

    I keep thinking there must be a better way that doesn't suck up a lot of wall space yet, will let me easily get to different grits without having to unroll everything? I've got them grouped into coarse, medium and fine but, it is still a pain.

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    Things that make you go 'Hmmm'...I'll be watching this one as all of mine are in one bunch on a shelf, and there has to be a better way.
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    I'm very scientific. I store them where they keep getting in my way; except when I want a particular one.

    I'm consistent. I do it that way every time.

    I am eagerly awaiting everybody's answers.

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    What is wrong with the way you have them? They are contained.

    I just left mine in the box they came in until recently, and decided maybe I should take them out and let them hang on the wall above the sander, so they are in a more relaxed state, which is opposite of what you want to do. My belts are 9"x138-3/4" and how the factory got 10 of them in a small square box is incredible.

    It is interesting because I was trying to think of how to store them differently this weekend as I was going through the shop and cleaning up and pulling out things that haven't been used in while to get rid of.

    One of the things I thought about was to get some short sections of 6" PVC pipe and mount them on the wall about 5' apart horizontally and hang the sandpaper between them.

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    That's a great idea Rob, however, all of my wall space is already spoken for. Walls are expensive real estate around here.

    Nobody else seems to have any ideas, maybe they don't use belt sanders---Or, could be, they just store them like I do.

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    Well what about hanging some short sections pvc pipe from the ceiling with hook and chain that has similar spacing centerline to centerline of the sander.

    Or you could always make a little round roll around stool to sit on that has a round tube base the rolled up sand paper can fit into.

    or if all else fails buy a plastic tub and just store it under you bed in the house......the shallow ones that roll under the bed....wrap it in a towel and nobody will be the wiser....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Damon View Post
    Well what about hanging some short sections pvc pipe from the ceiling
    Yes, this is the sort of thing I am talking about ;-) I had visions of some short sections mounted to the wall but, the only wall I have available isn't real accessible. Suspending from the ceiling opens up a lot more possibilities .
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    Just make sure you hang it high enough or you will end up with no hair on the top of the head like me..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Damon View Post
    Just make sure you hang it high enough or you will end up with no hair on the top of the head like me..
    I'm already pretty much there ;-) I was toying with an idea like this that would swing up and down from the rafters but, am already changing plans ;-)

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    The belts would circle around all three tubes, the outer ones to set the span and the inner one to add some support to the belts if the number got high.
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    If you extended the tubes through to the other side you could double the storage space and keep it from twisting to one side, unless those hangers are more rigid than they appear.

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