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Control the curl when cleaning drum-sander belts

Here in Wyoming, we have quite a bit of beetle-kill pine, making it an inexpensive option for project builds. The downside: Pitch from the soft wood quickly builds up on my drum-sander belts. To remove the pitch, I soak the belts in cleaning solution. But the wet belts tend to curl uncontrollably as they dry. I turned that tendency to my advantage by wrapping the belt around a PVC pipe about the same diameter as my sander’s drum, clamping it in place until it dries fully.
—Dan Pepe, Laramie, Wyo.

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