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Project by EMVarona posted 10-26-2010 05:34 AM 8494 views 16 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first four photos show an improved block sander. Hand sanding is made easier by adding a handle to an ordinary home made block sander. The last two photos show an easy to make bow sander. This simple tool is useful when rounding off corners in small piece as in intarsia. It consists of a leather strap attached to the bow-saw-like assembly. A strip to sandpaper is adhered to the strap with double-sided tape. The effective sanding length of the strap in this case is 6 inches. The strap is stretched by twisting a nylon cord on the opposite side.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#1 posted 10-26-2010 05:42 AM

I love these and I love homemade tools.
Thanks for sharing


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#2 posted 10-26-2010 08:38 AM

Nice idea with the bow sander.
Best thoughts,

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

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#3 posted 10-26-2010 02:10 PM

Yea, I really like the bow sander. I can definitely see some good uses for that little jewel.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 10-26-2010 06:26 PM

simple and it works well, all good very good

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 10-26-2010 09:35 PM

First time i see a “bow sander”! Clever thinking.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#6 posted 10-26-2010 10:33 PM

Very clever shop aides.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 10-27-2010 01:37 AM

I see you’re using a Zyliss Z-vyse 2. Probably the most useful woodworking tool ever invented, at least in my shop. Among many other things, it’s the best damned pen-press ever.

I’ll have to make myself a bow-sander. Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station

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#8 posted 10-27-2010 01:40 AM

First thing I noticed was the vice too ;-)) great ideas there. I reall like the bow sander.

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

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#9 posted 10-28-2010 08:27 AM

Great ideas! It looks like cut up chunks of belt sander stock would work perfectly in both applications and hold up really well. Thanks for the ideas, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#10 posted 10-28-2010 11:29 PM

Thanks, Guys. I find the bow sander most useful when turning small pieces in my homemade lathe.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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