Palm Sander

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Project by Jim Rowe posted 369 days ago 1333 views 16 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m a big fan of the Abranet sanding sheets, the small ones that measure 70×125 mm (2 3/4×5 inches), and use them for most of my sanding needs. The sheets come in a range of “grits” from 80 for initial smoothing up to 600 for fine finishing. I made these “Palm Sanders” from scraps of oak, purple heart and iroko shaped to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. The “handle” is simply glued to the base and secured with a couple of wooden dowels. The flat base is covered with heavy duty stick-on velcro which grips the sanding sheet ready for use. The sheets last for ages and don’t clog very much at all. If they do start to clog, simply peel them off the velcro and shake any dust off before re-attaching.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#1 posted 369 days ago

Very hany little tools Jim, I have never used the abranet sheets, but I suppose your sander could be made to suit the work being undertaken.

Always nice to make your own tools.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#2 posted 369 days ago

Those sanding blocks look so comfortable to use.

Great work JR45!

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#3 posted 369 days ago

This is a great idea JR45! I’ve been looking for some smaller sanding blocks (with not much luck) and have decided to make some for myself. These are still bigger than what I need for some fine detail sanding but with a few modifications I think this will work just fine for me. I will post some pictures when I get them done. Thanks!

-- John -- Wild, Wonderful, West Virginia

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#4 posted 369 days ago

Great idea! Looks like you’ve come up with something that is original and very useful. Thanks for posting.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 369 days ago

Very very nice work. Really looks great. It certainly seems comfortable grip. That kind of sanding sheets are not known here, at least never saw before.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#6 posted 368 days ago

love that palm shape design, well done

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

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#7 posted 367 days ago

Jim….a great idea.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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