Shop Built Hand Tools #3: My favorite Sanding Block

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Blog entry by USCJeff posted 05-29-2008 04:14 PM 3701 reads 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have a few sanding blocks, but this one gets the most use. Design is a take off of a Wood Magazine article. The pictures are telling as to the construction. The only hidden detail is there is a plugged hole under the felt. It is for the screw that is epoxied to the bottom that attaches to the wingnut. I chose hardwood scraps that I had on hand. They consist of cherry and two different walnut species. The felt was a self adhesive scrap left over from a jewelry box project. It measures about 4×3”. The plastic wingnut is loosened to raise the top to change paper. It is tightened to clamp it. The felt helps by allowing a little give when flattening a board. Cork could serve the same purpose if that’s what’s on hand. After a while using it, I used a core box bit to route the grooves for my fingers. Makes it quite a bit more ergonomic. Simple thing, but it sees a lot of use.




-- Jeff, South Carolina

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 05-29-2008 04:27 PM

This is a nice sanding block and a clever use of “scrap” materials. The felt should serve as well as cork in providing a cushion for the sandpaper.

This is interesting. Thanks for the post, Jeff.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 05-29-2008 04:49 PM

That sure is a nice sanding block. I need one soon, so I may use this as an inspiration.

Good Job!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#3 posted 05-29-2008 05:00 PM

I like that idea, looks comfortable

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 05-29-2008 09:50 PM

OH, that is rich. It looks like an executive sanding block.
Very nice looking – actually GREAT looking sanding block!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 05-29-2008 09:58 PM

I’d love to see some bigger photos!

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#6 posted 05-30-2008 12:33 AM

The simple things are sometimes the best things, and most useful.

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#7 posted 05-30-2008 01:41 AM

Hi , any larger pix available ?

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#8 posted 05-30-2008 02:37 AM

I’ll post some larger shots in the morning. They’re on a different PC. If you click the pics, it will take you to Photobucket. You can resize the pics, but you lose some clarity.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#9 posted 08-28-2009 04:31 PM

I’ve built many even to give to wood working friends.
very handy and easy to use.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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