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Project by Bricofleur posted 1578 days ago 4097 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I barely use mortise and tenon joinery in my projects, the purchase of a shoulder plane is not justified. Too expensive. However, to get appropriate joints without such investment, I came up building what I could also call a shoulder sander.

The strip of sandpaper is simply sandwiched between the two blocks of wood with the two screws.

It is essential that one edge of the sandpaper be flush with one edge of the blocks of wood to be able to sand flush to the shoulder.

The remaing sanding strip, non used, overhangs on the opposite side. The unused part of the strip can be repositionned or pivoted to get new fresh and clean grits.

Not my best device, but this is an easy to use cheap tool to get more than just safistying results.

To read more about it, check this page of my website.

Best,

Serge

http://www.atelierdubricoleur.spaces.live.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com





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Chase

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#1 posted 1578 days ago

I always see “poor man’s” and think “simple and genius”. This has fit that bill. Good stuff

-Chase

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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mancave

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#2 posted 1578 days ago

good way to go, no reason to spend a ton of money for something you rarely use

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Dennisgrosen

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#3 posted 1578 days ago

we use it all the time when you use a sandingblock with sandpaper
so why didn´t we think of this before
so simpel and yet genial somehow
thank´s for sharing this kind of tip
I love poor mans solutions eeven
thow I want´s the bedst I can´t afford it
so I always look for this kind of solutions
I wish a lot more would showe there´s

Dennis

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 1577 days ago

Great idea. I need to remember this :-)

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

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John Stegall

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#5 posted 1577 days ago

What Chase said and the others. Very useable.

-- jstegall

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PCM

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#6 posted 1577 days ago

Necessity is the mother of invention. Great idea!

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mafe

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#7 posted 1577 days ago

Super idea, I love also these poor man’s.
Thank you, we are plenty of those…

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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patron

12955 posts in 1937 days


#8 posted 1577 days ago

heres what i use ,
sanding belts ,
around a block of wood .
makes a great rasp ,
for corners and chamfers too
!http://i607.photobucket.com/albums/tt158/allheartojo/SANY0120-7.jpg

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Gregn

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#9 posted 1577 days ago

More than one way to skin a cat. Simple is sometimes the best. Here I just thought of sanding blocks as a way of sanding smooth. Great thinking.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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patron

12955 posts in 1937 days


#10 posted 1577 days ago

sorry guys that last didn’t have the exclamation on the end .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Monty Queen

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#11 posted 1577 days ago

Great idea, what i been using for a while now, and everybody probaly knows it by now is carpet tape, it is sticky on both sides, you can put it on a flat board or dowels or even on foam then place your sand paper on it. It works very good.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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Bricofleur

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#12 posted 1577 days ago

David, you also have a great way to go too. However, since these boards are quite large, I’m afraid they would have the tendancy to tip over on a short tenon. Am I right? Using yours on a flat surface should be great and fast. I’ll try them.

Best,

Serge

http://www.atelierdubricoleur.spaces.live.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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patron

12955 posts in 1937 days


#13 posted 1576 days ago

it’s like everything else we do ,

easy does it .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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