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Project by Matt in Franklin posted 08-08-2014 01:34 PM 1482 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Saw a couple other previous posts for this sanding block, so I decided to give it a try. I made five of them so I dont have to change grits all that often. I used walnut and red oak (instead of the maple that the plan calls for). I really like how the two woods look together. All the wood came from free scrap cutoffs from a local millworks.

The only change I made to the plan was to make these 6 inches long rather than 4.5 inches.

Finished them with an oil/varnish blend. Cant wait to try them out!

-- I'm just a simple caveman





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timbertailor

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#1 posted 08-08-2014 03:43 PM

They look great and should make your sanding projects more enjoyable.

I like useful projects.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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Matt in Franklin

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#2 posted 08-08-2014 04:31 PM

I try to balance building shop tools with the stuff my wife wants me to build. This was the result of my turn :-)

-- I'm just a simple caveman

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doitforfun

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#3 posted 08-08-2014 09:54 PM

Did you put anything on the bottom like leather or felt or something soft? I noticed a difference on the one I made that does not have a soft sole. It seems to clog the sandpaper much quicker. I’m not sure if that’s just the way I use it or if it’s normal behavior.

-- Brian in Wantagh, NY

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Matt in Franklin

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#4 posted 08-08-2014 11:00 PM

Brian, I put cork on the bottom of mine. You can see it in picture 3.

I used the kind with a peel and stick adhesive backing which can come off if I decide to replace it or change over to felt.

-- I'm just a simple caveman

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doitforfun

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#5 posted 08-08-2014 11:17 PM

Hey thanks. I didn’t think I was crazy, but you never know. LOL

-- Brian in Wantagh, NY

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Matt in Franklin

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#6 posted 08-08-2014 11:33 PM

no problem Brian. Hope it helps you out.

-- I'm just a simple caveman

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DW833

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#7 posted 08-09-2014 12:17 AM

Matt,

Do you recall which issue these were blocks were in?

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doitforfun

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#8 posted 08-09-2014 01:04 AM

One more question. I see you wrapped the sandpaper side to side instead of end to end. Do you think this will have any negative affect on pushing the block front to back? I made my first one that way and didn’t like it. The paper rips on the edges a bit more. The second one I made wrapped the paper over the ends and I haven’t had any issues except for the premature clogging I mentioned before. Of course it could have been the way it was wrapped or something else due to poor design. Here’s the one I made. Not as pretty as yours. Just plain old tubafore Douglas fir. I should make a few more to have different papers on them like you did. Good idea.

-- Brian in Wantagh, NY

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Matt in Franklin

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#9 posted 08-09-2014 11:38 AM

DW, I think someone said that it came from a 2011 issue, but I went to the website and paid $2 for the downloadable plan.

-- I'm just a simple caveman

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Matt in Franklin

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#10 posted 08-09-2014 11:42 AM

Brian,

I havent had an issue yet, but I just made them so I should use them more first. I can say however that all the sanding blocks I’ve seen people use on youtube (including this model) have been side-loading paper, not front/back loading.

I think how much damage is done to the paper may have to do with how rough the surface is. Maybe the 80 grit paper is more bound to tear than the 320 grit just based on how much pressure you use and how rough the surface is.

Good question.

-- I'm just a simple caveman

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Matt in Franklin

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#11 posted 08-09-2014 11:43 AM

nice pictures of your sanding block, by the way.

-- I'm just a simple caveman

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#12 posted 08-09-2014 12:44 PM

@Matt in Franklin

Those look nice, saw the plans recently… Seeing those makes me want to make a couple. Nice work

@DW833

I do not know about plans in a 2011 issue but they look like the ones labeled as “Collector’s Edition – Sanding Block” in the Dec, 1986 (aka Issue 14, pg 70). Saw them while looking for something else. Also think I saw them somewhere else, but cannot remember where….

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Matt in Franklin

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#13 posted 08-09-2014 01:11 PM

thanks mdb. You’re probably right about the plan. Its probably been recycled a couple times over the years.

-- I'm just a simple caveman

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#14 posted 08-09-2014 04:09 PM

I did mine side to side as well, though I hadn’t put the soft piece on the bottom.

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I’ve got some adhesive-backed rubber padding that I use for my pushbricks that might actually go quite nicely there!

Your blocks look great, and I agree – the red oak and the walnut make a nice look.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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