|Project by Mark Blomster||posted 06-01-2011 03:53 AM||6621 views||48 times favorited||17 comments|
First, I know this isn’t a finished woodworking project. If it offends the webmaster at Lumberjocks, please move it to whatever category makes you happy. I was not able to add the photos in the blog section. Why not allow woodworkers to share their creative techniques and ideas with one another? That is one of my favorite parts of this site.
That being said. Here is a simple sanding mop or “flap sander” that I made using recycled 4×36 sanding belts. I cut them into 1.5” x 6” strips and punched a 3/8” hole in the middle. Make a series of 2” deep cuts to feather the ends and mount onto a 3/8” carriage bolt. Alternate the grit, facing up/down, with each layer. Use fender washers on top and bottom and lock everything down with a nut. It works great on contoured workpieces like mirrors, canes, etc. Rockler.com carries a similar 6” diameter model for $50. Mine cost about 50 cents!
P.S. I should’ve mentioned in my write-up, that it’s a good idea to wear safety glasses while you operate this. Even though the cloth-backed sandpaper is very durable, “better to be safe than sorry.”