An image of the sanding belt, on a homemade frame in the Campbell Carriage Factory,  powered by the belt & pulley system.

The leather belt coming into this photo from upper left delivered the power to this sanding machine. The thick belt attached horizontally between two equal-sized, wooden pulleys was imbedded with sand or emery and allowed the operator to bring wooden pieces of various sizes and shapes to it, to be sanded and polished smooth. With all the diverse wooden pieces required in a carriage or sleigh, each needing to be as smooth and finished as possible, this device must have been in constant use.

Paul Bogaard
Leslie Van Patter, Adèle Hempel
19-20th Century
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