|Project by Doe||posted 11-11-2013 03:07 PM||1444 views||5 times favorited||9 comments|
I bought a 12 inch length of 4 inch 320 grit Arbanet and thought a sanding block would be handy. Especially if I could get different grits and have it changeable. William sent me some very nice pecan that I wanted to use for something to keep. I wanted a bigger handle because I have a cheap paint store block that cramped up my hand because of the size. It’s small enough for me and big enough for my husband. Originally I planned a rounded over square handle and figured it would never line up properly so I turned it round and finished it with turner’s polish. The wood between the knob and base is unfinished; I should have used something that I could use on the lathe and off (oops).
To connect the pieces I used hanger bolts and ground off the points to make it fit the wood (they were a tad too long). Rather than having the Arbanet touch the wood, I used some Router/Bench Pad. After I used the table saw for the dado, I thought that I’d keep the rough surface because I thought that the friction would help keep the Arbanet it place (I’m not sure if it helps yet).
As it turned out the 4 inch Arbanet has been discontinued so I could have simplified it and made it permanent (and use a square handle). Oh well, not much you can do about stuff like that. By the way, the router pad is really handy. I use a piece around a drill chuck just in case it starts to spin; it’s a lot less painful.
Thanks for looking.
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