|Review by Don Johnson||posted 03-29-2011 07:17 PM||5085 views||2 times favorited||3 comments|
Although I now cannot find it, I’m sure I recently saw a Project for making sandpaper holders to ease the task of hand sanding, so the subject was on my mind when I received my latest ‘Current Special Bargains’ e-mail from Lidl.
(This is a cut-price supermarket company, similar to Aldi – both of which sell in the UK although they are based in Germany. Besides food, etc., they usually offer a variety of DIY products, but none could be called ‘top-of-the-range’ in terms of quality – however they are useful to general handymen.)
The e-mail included the above picture, and the price of £3.99! At this price it was worth the risk to buy a couple to try them out, and if they were useless – well not a big loss! However, they are superb!
I hate hand-sanding! My tender skin gets roughened and I get little cracks around my nails which are painful out of all proportion to their tiny size, so I try to remember to wear a glove, but usually take it off at least once in a session, and the damage is done!
With these little beauties, my delicate pinkies are safe, and the handles are extremely comfortable and of an ergonomic design that makes sanding a pleasure! I now look forward to it!
I dashed back to Lidl on the following day to get a couple more, but they were all gone – b——r!
Still, I have two – loaded with the two most used grit sizes, and the paper holding clamps have not slipped during several days of hard use. The flat surface has a firm rubber layer that makes keeping sanding ‘square’ easy, whilst accommodating sanding curves.
I’m very happy with the product, and am looking out for more.
Part of the reason for publishing this review is that although the holders may not be freely available, the design is much more comfortable to use than any others I have tried – the handles removing the strain caused by holding blocks – so anyone considering making their own might consider using similar handles..
-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk