Figure 19-20. Sand perfect chamfers on the ends of stock by using the miter gauge to set the angle; the stop block allows the stock to move just so far against the belt.
You can form chamfers on the end of a workpiece by using the miter gauge and a stop block as shown in Figure 19-20. Set the miter gauge to the angle you need and clamp the stop block in position so the workpiece can be advanced just so far against the belt. With the miter gauge's position locked, it's just a matter of holding the work against the miter gauge face and then moving it forward until it hits the stop block.
If the cross section of the work is rectangular, the stop block must be adjusted to accommodate wide and narrow surfaces of the work. If the workpiece is square, then one stop block setting will do. If there are many chamfers to sand, change the position of the stop block to avoid working against just one area of the belt.
Figure 19-21. To sand a chamfer on the edge of a workpiece, secure the belt sander in the horizontal position. Install the worktable parallel to the belt and mount the miter gauge. Hold the workpiece flat against the worktable while moving it back and forth.
Chamfers can also be formed on the edges of a workpiece with the belt sander in the horizontal position. Position the worktable parallel to the belt and adjust the tilt. Hoid the workpiece absolutely flat against the worktable and move it back and forth paratlel to the rotation of the belt. Check it frequently to be sure that you're sanding the chamfer evenly all along the edge of the workpiece (Figure 19-21).