How to build KMG type belt sander

KMG 2”x72” belt sander for knife making. Construction Instruction for beginner. Part 1.

General thought and material list.

The belt sander is the number one most important tool for making saleable knives. It is by no mean to say that you can’t build very high quality knives using only hand tools. I did that for many years. And by know exactly what I put into the blade in regards of heat treating. I can positively said that my blade are very good.

Alas, saying that, there is one big drawback for using hand tools only. Most of the people that showing interest in the knives subjects, purchasing knives for collecting purpose and not as working tool. That is fine, but as they buy it for display, the knife need to be of higher visual quality. I am not saying that connoisseur out there are not looking for other quality, thing like materials, construction method, heat treatment method and alike. But I think the majority of knives enthusiastic (at least where I live in, the UK) are looking first of all for good visual appearance knife.

So by using hand tools only, you can never (or at least it will take you forever producing a knife) build knife that is one hundred percent symmetrical and look immaculate and shiny with crisp lines. Also you will find that to make the knife ricasso area completely flat is very and I mean very difficult, and this is on crucial area of the knife.

You can never make it viable operation, selling knives that is, without Belt Sander.

I decided to get one. I been looking on the internet to buy one, but in the UK it is very difficult item to find, and if you do find it, it’s very expensive ( I bet it is the case everywhere).

So I went about build my own. I did a lot of internet searching and find few plans to build a belt sander. The KMG come along to be one of the simple model. Although its simple, it is very nice entry level belt sander. It is versatile enough to accommodate several attachment head and it is not too much sophisticated to complicated the construction of it.

I did not find however good blue print for construction, so I draw my own ones. It is base on instruction I found on one of the British knives forums.

I have now got it in DWG and PDF format and I will be happy to share it, and In the next few post I will go about how I built my KGM belt sander.

Here is what you need:

I decided to cut all the part using laser cutting service. It is by far more accurate and fast then what you can achieved cutting it yourself.

If you send it for laser cutting, asked them to hatched the exact location of all the halls you will have, it will save you hell of a lot of time. Also I recommend to asked them to make all the halls that you need to thread, especially those for the pulleys, as they need to be dead striate.

You will also need:

Drive wheels. 100mm diameter x 55 wide with 20mm bore.

2x Platen rollers. Billet aluminium, 50mm diameter x 55mm wide, fitted with 10m ID bearings.

Tracking Pulleys. Billet aluminium, 50mm diameter x 55mm wide, crowned and fitted with 10mm ID bearings.

20mm Shaft. In suitable length. See assembly drawings in next post.

2x UCFL.204 bearing. UCFL.204 metric bolt oval cast iron flange housing with 20mm bore insert. Make sure the total width of the bearing can fit in between parts F.

2x V Pulley. 100mm dia.

V belt. To match the pulley. See (or wait for) post part 6.

2x Taper bush. One to fit 20mm shaft and one to fit the motor shaft (presumably 24mm).

One pulley bush lock. For locking the pulley in to the shaft.

Electric motor. 2-3 hp electric motor, three phase, dull voltage, 2 pole foot mounted. Three phase to control the speed of the motor. Make sure it is a frame size 90, to fit in the No. (Parts F) brackets.

Phase convertor. Phase convertor to enable using three phase motor on domestic electric net, and to enable the motor to change the direction of it rotation. You will also need box for it and two electric batten, one for on/off and direction and one for controlling the speed. It is rather beyond my understanding so you better asked electronic engineer for advice.

Main tension spring. Wire dia 3.5 or 4mm. Free length 127mm or there about.

 Spring platform. It proved to be difficult thing to find. However it need to be in size to match the diameter of the spring. You need to one for the top and one for the bottom. I add to improvised the all kit (see in next post) and it worked. I used M8 High Knurled Nut.

2x Tracking adjustment knob. I used M8 Five Lobe Grips with External Thread. One is for the tracking idler and one for adjusting the platen.

Clamp lever. M10 clamping lever for locking the main tool arm.

M8 Cylindrical revolving grip handle. For the tracking arm.

Nuts and bolt that you need:

Length is approximate and not absolute

For the bearings. 2x M10 Hexagon Head Setscrews 96mm + 4x Hex Nuts, + 4x Washers, 4x Spring Washers.

For the tracking hinge arm. 1x M10 Hexagon Head Setscrews 60mm + 4x Washers, + 1x Hex Nyloc Nut.

For the tracking hinge. 2x M6 Hexagon Head Setscrews bolt 28mm + 2x Washers.

For the tension spring. 1x M8 55mm Threaded Rod + 1x Washer, + 1x Hex Nut. 1x M8 Hexagon Head Setscrews bolt 60mm + 1x Washer, + 1x Hex Nut.

For the platen. 1x M12 Hexagon Head Setscrews bolt 72mm + 1x Washer, + 1x Hex Nut. 2x M10 Hexagon Head Setscrews 90mm + 2x Hex Nyloc Nuts, + 4x Hex Nuts, + 6x Washers, 2x Spring Washers. + 6x M6 Socket Head Countersunk Screws 25mm.

For the platen rollers and the idler. 3x M10 Metric Socket Head Cap / Allen Screws 90mm.

For the rest table. 2x M6 Socket Head Countersunk Screws 20mm. 2x M8 Hexagon Head Setscrews 30mm + 2x Washers, + 2x Spring Washers.

For the motor. 1x M10 65mm Threaded Rod + 2x Washer, + 3x Hex Nut. 1x 12mm dia axle rod, both end threaded 245mm, + 2x Washer, + 2x Hex Nut. 4x Hexagon Head Setscrews 96mm + 4x Hex Nuts, + 4x Washers, 4x Spring Washers, to suit the motor base.

In the next few posts I will talk about the construction and commissioning the belt sander. So if interested, do follow by subscribing to my blog.

For people in the UK I will publish the name of company that can source all of the above in future posts.

Have fun.

Share this post FacebooktwitterpinterestFacebooktwitterpinterest

Roast chicken with sweet potatoes

Roast chicken with sweet potatoes and mushrooms.

This is (if done properly) can be very nice all in one dish. The chicken turn out to be very tender and it got nice wine aroma to it. Needless to say that chicken and tarragon are very good combination.

As it got vegetables in it you don’t have to cook anything else for complete meal. And you can always fiddle with the quantity to feed deferent amount of peoples.


Roast chicken with sweet potatoes and mushrooms




1 Chicken.

2 Onions wedge to quarters.

2 Green chilli halved and deseeded.

3 Sweet potatoes piled and halved.

3 Leeks halved.

8 Big chestnut mushrooms.


1 Cup white wine.

1 Tablespoon dry tarragon.

1 Tablespoon porcini mushroom prouder.

Olive oil.

Salt and pepper.



Pour the wine into heavy roasting tin and put the chicken in it.

Add the vegetable around the chicken and drizzle the oil all around and on the chicken.

Add the spices and the seasoning on top of everything and cover.

Put in preheat oven at 180˚C for at least one and a half hour. Every now and then take it out and baste it. If there is not enough liquid in, you can add more boiling water.

Share this post FacebooktwitterpinterestFacebooktwitterpinterest