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Project by Carey Mitchell posted 07-16-2017 04:12 PM 502 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have stored packages of sandpaper on a shelf for years. Every time i needed a sheet, I sorted through the packages, but always tried to stack them back in order of grits, with the coarsest on the bottom.

I put a lot of time and effort into finishing my projects, and have had a few ruined by random mysterious scratches in the final wet sanding coats, requiring a lot of remedial steps. I attributed at least some of this to particles of coarser grit from other packages adhering to the sheet in use. I am now paranoid about keeping sandpaper clean, to the point of using plastc bags for the 400 and finer grits. Placing the packs face down is a partial solution, insuring nothing falls on the face of the sheets – but still invites any loose particles to fall off.

The solution, which I have intended to implement for years, is a simple storage cabinet. It stores the various grits separately, with the labels showing. I had finished drawing the sketch when I saw the box of disks on the shelf and modified it to house them.

The cabinet was made from scraps. 1/4” (hah!) plywood for the shelves, with stopped dadoes cut with the undersized 1/4” bit for plywood – even then the plywood is loose in the dadoes.





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Tim_CPWD

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#1 posted 07-16-2017 04:43 PM

Perfect of example of how to work smart instead of hard. I hate sorting through the different grits of sandpaper to find the right one. Great way to organize and save time. Nice job.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca. http://www.facebook.com/commandperformancewooddesigns

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 07-16-2017 05:14 PM

This is a great organizer for sandpaper. It’s a nice addition to you shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#3 posted 07-17-2017 07:41 AM

Nice. I might copy that, thanks

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