Chris Becksvoort says the portable belt sander is a workhorse in his shop. He uses it to grind down humps and bumps, level large surfaces, and smooth even highly figured woods like bird’s-eye maple. Here, he explains how to handle the most common sanding problems and get good performance from the machine. He starts with the sander’s anatomy, shares tips on how to use the tool effectively, and talks about how to smooth panels, level surfaces, and work up to sanding edges and frames.

From Fine Woodworking #78