Sanding blocks, my way

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Project by NotaJock posted 07-24-2016 02:59 AM 756 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve seen numerous posts of sanding blocks but none like what I prefer so thought I’d share these.
The ones on the left are for sanding belts, the others for sheet sand paper.
The belt blocks have a bolt through 1/2” hardwood dowel, clearance hole on the head end, the other tapped. Packing tape helps the slide.
The center block in the second pic has a nut embedded because it is soft wood.
The smaller is hardwood and is tapped for the 1/4-20 screw. Clearance hole in the 1/2” dowel which fits the 1/2” channel.
Since there is no need to tighten the screw hard the tapped threads in hardwood work fine.

-- Mike in SoCal

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#1 posted 07-24-2016 12:06 PM

Nice going, Mike. I’ll bet those are real handy in the different sizes!!


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#2 posted 07-24-2016 01:43 PM

Wow those are clewer!
Instantly on the to-do list

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#3 posted 07-24-2016 05:22 PM

Thank you gentlemen. Coming from fellow tool makers that is high praise.

I should have mentioned that I used 8-32 screws in the belt blocks because that’s what I had but a better choice would have been 10-24 for the deeper thread.

-- Mike in SoCal

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#4 posted 07-25-2016 03:02 PM

nice. It looks easy to replace the paper when needed.

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#5 posted 07-25-2016 04:03 PM

I made a similar block for sanding belts, hope you don’t mind me sharing.
It’s cut at an angle but has a piece of 1/8” aluminum glued into one side.
the top block slides allowing the paper to be put on, then when slid back tightens up the belt.
Block stays together from the pressure so there is no need for any screws.
I have been using this block for years.
(Looks like I have been using the sanding belt for years too. lol)

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