When I use the belt on my belt/disc sander, it makes me a bit nervous to have the disc spinning there while my attention is focused elsewhere.

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When I use the belt on my belt/disc sander, it makes me a bit nervous to have the disc spinning there while my attention is focused elsewhere. To avoid inadvertent damage to my hide and hobby, I built the shield shown out of scrap plywood and pine, first nailing the frame together, then gluing the front and back panels to it.

The shield rests on the sander's table without fastening, and I've never had a problem with it rubbing on the disc for more than a second. The only time I remove it is to use the disc sander; otherwise, it stays in place to protect the disc and my hands.
David Evans, Roy, Utah