Maple and walnut sanding blocks

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Project by Glenn posted 1761 days ago 2738 views 10 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got the plans for these out of a magazine. Laminated maple and walnut together, cut ‘em to size, drilled them, routed the tops, sanded, and finished with Danish Oil. One thing I learned on this project is that routing end grain requires a very, very light tough. There’s a bit of tear out on a couple of these blocks (the ones with the chamfered tops), but I’ve strategically placed them so you can’t see my mistakes :) They feel good to the hand, and they add something a little special to an otherwise odious task.

-- Glenn, Arkansas

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#1 posted 1761 days ago

Wow to beautiful to use nice job.

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#2 posted 1761 days ago

Look too nice to use in the shop!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 1761 days ago

I agree with TopamaxSurvivor. You have made very nice sanding blocks. A picture showing the bottom of the block would have been better.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 1761 days ago

I made a couple of these a few years ago, as well. Like you, they really fit my hands nicely. Nice job!

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#5 posted 1761 days ago

I saw those in the magazine too and was going to build some… Feeling a little more motivated to build them now after seeing yours… Good way to use up some scrap pieces that are otherwise too small for any other projects…
Thanks for posting…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#6 posted 1761 days ago

Anybody know which magazine & edition?

Nice work … these will come in handy!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#7 posted 1761 days ago

Wood Magazine’s Best-Ever Woodworking Jigs, Homemade Tools & Shop Organizers, 2008, p72

Probably available on their website, too.

-- Glenn, Arkansas

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#8 posted 1758 days ago

Nice job. Mason Dixon Woodworkers did a workshop on these. Later, I made some more. I gave away a few as gifts… and the recipients liked them so much they said they would never see dust on them. I tried to convince them that they were to be used… not displayed.

Yours are really nice. I like your wood combo’s.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#9 posted 1757 days ago

thanks for the compliments, everyone. i keep them loaded with different grits of sandpaper, and i must say after having them around for a week, it’s nice to just grab one and smooth something out real quick. the dust wipes right off…

-- Glenn, Arkansas

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