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Project by Karson posted 01-05-2007 03:43 AM 3800 views 30 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made these sanding blocks from some small pieces of lumber. They have Purpleheart base with Chechen on the sides and Goncalo Alves for the top. The dimensions are for 1/4 sheet sandpaper. I glued some 1/16” cork on the bottom to give a little softer sanding feel.

I wanted to use brass hardware but I was unable to find any when I was making them so I used stainless steel instead. I basicly glued up a 20” long piece of Purpleheart that was 5/8” thick and 2 1/4” wide and I glued Chechen that was 1/4” thick and 3/4” wide on each side. The Goncalo Alves was 5/4 thick and 2 1/8” wide. I drilled 1/4” hole through all of the pieces and used a dowell to hold them as I cut them on the chop saw at 4 1/4” long. This allows the 4 1/2” paper to overhang the ends a little to assist in sanding inside curves.

The plan or these sanders were from a Wood magazine called WoodExtra in a failed attempt at an electronic magazine. I signed up for 1 year (6 issues) and maybe got 3 before the project was canceled.

They are also in a Wood magazine book of small projects. I have the book but it is in hiding somewhere, so I don’t have the exact name. Found it Wood Magazines Best Ever Woodworking Jigs, Homemade tools and shop Organizers. 2006 The label says display until Sept 12, 2006.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †





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Don

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#1 posted 01-05-2007 08:42 AM

Very nice work, and a useful project, Karson. Perhaps this help with the brass hardware in the future.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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joey

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#2 posted 09-19-2007 04:44 PM

I build three of these sanding blocks in 1987 they were in one of Wood’s first issues, I still have one of them the other two mystery disappeared. they work great, and look great, I mean meaning to make me a few more this winter when I have some time. Thanks for reminder. Joey

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio http://sleepydogwoodworking.blogspot.com/

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mot

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#3 posted 09-20-2007 03:08 AM

Karson, those are cool. Great to have around the shop and great use of small pieces!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Karson

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#4 posted 09-20-2007 04:39 AM

I use them all the time with different grits in each of the pads. I found that the foam rubber ones that you can buy don’t give you a crisp edge. Where these do.

If you want to soften the edge then the rubber blocks might be a better choice.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Karson

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#5 posted 09-20-2007 04:40 AM

And Don on your comments on the brass hardware. Thanks. I was looking for brass wing nuts and I’ve not yet found them.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Douglas Bordner

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#6 posted 11-25-2007 02:02 AM

Revisited my favorites looking for scrap projects. Karson, McMaster-Carr has brass wing nuts. Woodcraft has brass T-bolts.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Karson

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#7 posted 02-15-2009 07:36 AM

I’m going to hold a workshop on making these for our woodworking club in a month or so.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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