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Re: Tools: Building a strip thickness sander

I have recently made a thickness sander that is basically a jig that fits on my belt sander.

Very good! I like shop-built jigs and tools.
I've made a few wide thickness sanders for guitar building, and I also have a small commercial drum sander with power feed.

One big advantage of using your belt sander is that there's more abrasive area (compared to a drum sander) so the abrasive lasts longer and stays cooler and resists clogging when sanding oily woods.

You need to get up into the $5-10k wide sanders to get belt models, last time I looked.