Standard sandpaper comes in 9 x 11 inch sheets. But this is rarely the size that I need. Most often, I end up dividing a sheet into smaller pieces to fit my sander or a sanding block. For a long time, I made do with simply folding the sandpaper and then tearing it. But this crude method often gave me less than satisfactory results. So I decided to come up with a more reliable way to do the job. See my DIY sandpaper cutter.
By Allen Neighbors – This is the easiest way I have found to sand off the nubs after I have finished the bottom of a bowl.
An oscillating spindle sander is a great help for smoothing contours. But I came up with a way to use mine to joint or smooth the edge of a straight workpiece. The simple key is a jointing fence.
After many requested I provide a good plan for a downdraft table, here are the plans for my table that I use. Building a downdraft table is a must for most hobbyist shops that do lots of power sanding and carving. So is building or buying a portable hood that can be directed right next to the work.
Many of the projects I have around the house seem to require sanding into tight places. I finally tired of continuously folding sandpaper to accommodate the situation, and thought there must be a better way. So I made a detail sander out of plywood in my shop.
When cleaning up moldings (like V-grooves or roundovers) with sandpaper, the problem is getting the sandpaper to conform to the moldings profile. So I needed to find a way to hold the sandpaper to match the shape. So I made this sanding jig.
The best sanding block is one that matches the shape to be sanded. So recently when I had to sand some cove molding, I made some custom sanding blocks from 1 thick foam insulation.
Based on a tool used for automotive body work this simple sanding block will become one of your go to tools.
For the longest time, I used a scrap piece of wood for a sanding block. It was simple and did not cost much. But it never worked as well as I would have liked, the sandpaper tended to shift around and tear. Recently, though, I came up with a new sanding block that works really well. Not only is it sized to fit my hand perfectly; it also holds the paper in place using plastic tubing.