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Project by steliart posted 412 days ago 2881 views 41 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sanding Block & Wing Nuts Key

I have a couple of those commercial sanding blogs with the spring clump front and back, but to me those things are big, flat only and don’t hold the sandpaper firmly and stretched, so it’s easily tear out.

I needed I sanding blog that will do few things for me:

1) I wanted it to be smaller and fit nicely in my palm.
2) To hold the sandpaper tightly without moving.
3) To be able to sand in tight and big round over corners
4) Easy to change sandpapers.

Some Designs of shop-made sanding blogs that I saw, the paper was been loaded from side to side, and I thought that this is leaving the front and back expose to tear-out and besides the basic movement of sanding is front to back. Also they are just flat… I can use my power sanders for just flat sanding.

So I come up with a way to feed the paper front to back with the help of some grooves in the body and tongues on the handle. This way my sandpaper fits very tight on my block.
Also I made the blog’s body to have a bull nose and the back with a tight round corner; this allows me to sand, in tight round corners and bigger curves.
The size of it is smaller to fit nicely in my palm and to have better control of it.
The two parts are tightened together with a bold, washer and wing nut.

The wing nut should be tight and not to protrude much over the top block, and because I don’t like wrestling with my sand block, as I was on it I made a wing nut key out of two dowels and a center cut.
Now I can screw any wing nut very tight and easily unscrew it.

Dimensions

The sanding block dimensions are not very critical for this project, as long as it fits nicely in your palm.
This one is about 11cm (4.25”) L by 7.5cm W (3”)
I used 3cm (1.25”) thick Swedish Pine stock for the lower block and 1.8cm (0.75”) Marine plywood for the block’s top.

The Wing Nut Key is made out of two beech dowels (3cm/1 3/16” and 1.6cm/5/8”) with a 10mm/3/8” hole at the bottom center and a 6mm/1/4” cut to accept the wings of the nut.

I’m very happy with the result and the flexibility in use that this sand block offers me.
It’s a very easy and fun to build project.

Thanks for watching and commenting

Stelios L.A. Stavrinides
AKA Steliart

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --





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Diggerjacks

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#1 posted 412 days ago

Hello Steliart

The better sanding block I have ever seen

Congratulations

A very great work . In my favorite for the future

Thanks for sharing

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Sergio

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#2 posted 412 days ago

Nice design, and good idea for the wing nut key

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JoeinGa

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#3 posted 412 days ago

Excellent idea.

Favorited!

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steliart

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#4 posted 411 days ago

Thanks guys.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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kiefer

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#5 posted 411 days ago

Great looking sander idea should hold the paper much better then the auto body rubber one I have .
Like the wing nut wrench ,You just have some great ways of improving things .

-- Kiefer 松

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steliart

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#6 posted 411 days ago

thanks kiefer

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GerardoArg1

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#7 posted 411 days ago

Good idea! Thank for share. Congratulations

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aussiedave

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#8 posted 411 days ago

Great idea…I may have to make a couple…thanks for sharing.

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SirFatty

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#9 posted 411 days ago

very nice! going to make a couple of these for sure.

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gfadvm

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#10 posted 411 days ago

Great design! Now I need to make a new set of sanding blocks like yours. Added to favorites. Thanks!

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skipper55

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#11 posted 411 days ago

wow ! you must really love sanding !

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steliart

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#12 posted 411 days ago

skipper55
It’s because I don’t that I made this LOL

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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steliart

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#13 posted 411 days ago

I’ve been asked to give some dimensions of the project, so here they are.

Dimensions

The sanding block dimensions are not very critical for this project, as long as it fits nicely in your palm.
This one is about 11cm (4.25”) L by 7.5cm W (3”)
I used 3cm (1.25”) thick Swedish Pine stock for the lower block and 1.8cm (0.75”) Marine plywood for the block’s top.

The Wing Nut Key is made out of two beech dowels (3cm/1 3/16” and 1.6cm/5/8”) with a 10mm/3/8” hole at the bottom center and a 6mm/1/4” cut to accept the wings of the nut.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#14 posted 411 days ago

This is a really cool block. The grooves I am sure do a great job of securing the paper. The rounded edges are a great idea for multiple shapes and modings that may need to be sanded. I know that people that suffer from arthritis will love the wing nut key! Good job! Expect more favorited clicks on this one.

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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steliart

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#15 posted 411 days ago

Thanks Drew

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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