Figure 19-11. Edge sanding is easily accomplished with an arrangement like this. The belt will try to move the workpiece back, so do not sand directly in-line with the belt.
To sand the edge of a workpiece, secure the belt sander in the horizontal position. Install the worktable parallel to and no farther than 1/16" above the belt. Hold the surface of the stock firmly against the worktable, while moving the stock back and forth (Figure 19-11). Be careful to sand the entire edge evenly. If you sand too much stock off the middle of a workpiece, it will develop a bow.