Sandpaper Organizer, Think I Needed One?!

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Project by CueballRosendaul posted 11-25-2013 02:09 AM 2693 views 19 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

LONG OVERDUE! Before I got into making things for other people this month, I decided it was time to make a few things for the shop. What an embarrassing sandpaper cabinet I had! Part of the motivation was that I bought a new Porter Cable R.O. Sander (which I love and will do a review on after I put a few more miles on it).

The two small organizers hold quarter sheet paper for my palm sander, and “5 discs for my R.O. The larger organizer on the right in the cabinet holds full sheets of uncut paper. On the shelf above these organizers, I built two small bins which hold my steel wool and assorted used paper, a couple sanding sponges, some wet dry paper, and emery cloth which I typically want to pull out and take to the project with me.

Material is all leftover scrap, cases are made of 1/2” oak veneer plywood, and the shelves are 1/8” hardboard from some old cricket scoreboards. I’ve left them unfinished so the next time I need to do a test or experimental finish I’ll have a piece ready to go.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#1 posted 11-25-2013 03:37 AM

I understand you totally.

What made me do what you did was I realized how much money I had tied up in sandpaper. and it was all over the place, which cost time to try and find it.

Not only did I realize I had to protect my investment (some of sheaves cost 75 bucks a grit, so I did something similar to yours, only used scrap to make drawers and some old cheapo pullout slides.

Put double sided door fronts on them to hold some tools too.

Belts, are stored on pegs.
discs are stored in old 5 1/4 floppy disc cases.

If you haven’t already enjoyed the efficiency and cost saviings of you organization you will!

Enjoy your concept….


-- Real_cowtown_eric

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#2 posted 11-25-2013 02:07 PM

Definite improvement! Nicely done.

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

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#3 posted 11-25-2013 02:52 PM

Well done Matt…..huge improvement….plus just a fun kind of project…

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#4 posted 11-25-2013 09:56 PM

I LOVE THIS. I need to do this desperately. The only thing I would add would be a special slot for face masks so that I always see them when I’m reaching for a paper and remember to wear one!

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#5 posted 11-26-2013 02:12 AM

Gotta love the shop projects!

-- I never finish anyth

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#6 posted 11-26-2013 02:24 AM

thanks for posting, love that you can take it to the work when you need it, beats my cardboard box.

-- Money: if you do not have fun earning it, have fun spending it, I do not enjoy spending it so I have fun earning it.

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#7 posted 11-26-2013 11:52 AM

Very nice!!

Thanks for sharing.


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#8 posted 11-27-2013 01:13 PM

Very nice. You can always come up with some fine projects from scraps and cut-offs.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#9 posted 11-27-2013 06:36 PM

Very nice. I need to add something like that into the design for my first project – a bench.

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