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Project by hutchmp posted 01-07-2018 08:32 PM 820 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally cleared out and organized the sandpaper drawer!!!!! I found this project in Fine Woodworking AUG 2017 (No. 262), pg 16. I make mine bigger (22”L X 7”W X 6.5” H) to hold 18 slots worth of sandpaper. I know a lot of people have a drawer full and it’s a pain to find what you need when you need it. This really solves that problem by having a one-stop shop for all your sanding needs (less belt and oscillating sander). I like the accordion style where you can flip through each grit and you are able to see into the slot to select what you need. The kids like it as well as they would run their hand down the tops, flipping them over in rapid succession like running your finger down all the keys on a piano :). The key angle is 26 degrees for the cuts on the end (1/2 Ply). I used a scroll saw to cut the dividers (1/4 Ply). The key thing on the dividers is getting the little stubbs at the bottom the right size and rounding off the corners so that they rotate in the hole (holes spaced 1” OC). The hard part was final assembly, you have to put in the dividers before you glue and nail it up. I put it together 1/2 way and turned it on its side to put the dividers then the second side piece, aligning the holes up. Afterwards, I thought of thin screws as the pivot points rather than the little stubbs….unfortunately, I was already done. If you don’t have a system, this may work for you. Hope you enjoy!

-- Hutch





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#1 posted 01-07-2018 10:37 PM

Brilliant!

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#2 posted 01-07-2018 11:58 PM

I like this a lot. Very useful and I might be copying your design. Thanks!

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#3 posted 01-08-2018 12:29 AM

That’s a pretty good idea. Might have to do this one…

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#4 posted 01-08-2018 03:02 PM

brilliant. may do one today.

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#5 posted 01-08-2018 06:23 PM

This is a nice practical sand paper organizer.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#6 posted 01-08-2018 08:09 PM

Nice work.

My personal problem is not the drawer full of paper, it is I hate sanding to much to provide sandpaper a luxurious storage space. HaHa :)

My solution was to re-purpose a beat up old plastic folder box (using hanging folders) that is perfect size for storing full size sheets. Not as pretty, or as handy as this project; but at least the drawer is used for storing tools now!

-- I'm not a woodworker, but sometimes I do occasionally find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#7 posted 01-08-2018 10:13 PM


My solution was to re-purpose a beat up old plastic folder box (using hanging folders) that is perfect size for storing full size sheets. Not as pretty, or as handy as this project; but at least the drawer is used for storing tools now!

- CaptainKlutz

Same here. With my various sheet sanders and sanding blocks, I need pretty much every size of paper you can get out of a sheet — 1/2, 1/6, 1/3, 1/4 (regular and long for the Preppin’ Weapons).... Keeping the bulk of my inventory as 9” x 11” sheets is easiest.I use another smaller box to organize the cut pieces.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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