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Forum topic by Jim Crockett (USN Retired) posted 11-21-2009 07:53 PM 3277 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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11-21-2009 07:53 PM

Here’s my problem and it’s a recurring one: when I cut dividers for box trays, I often cut them too long to ensure they are not too short! Then I sand them down to size. But often when hand sanding the ends of these small pieces (1/8” thick x 3/4” wide), I end up off square to the edges. Don’t know if it’s old eyeballs, lack of hand-eye coordination or just something else.

This must happen to others, too, I would suspect that I’m not unique in this. Perhaps there is some jig that I could cobble together that would allow me to sand these ends square but I don’t recall seeing one in all the websites and tips that I have looked at over the years.

Any suggestions on how to sand these ends square would be very much appreciated. I don’t have any stationary sanding machines, only a ROS and a palm sander.

Thanks,

Jim

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papadan

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#1 posted 11-21-2009 08:51 PM

I just use a miter gauge on my disc sander.

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#2 posted 11-21-2009 08:57 PM

I would think a plane and shooting board would be the preferred way to do it. Depending on how small they are, you could even use a block plane.

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#3 posted 11-21-2009 09:01 PM

I would go with the shooting board idea or using a miter gauge on a disc sander

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 11-21-2009 09:23 PM

I would lay this on the edge of a work bench to help maintain the 90 and sand with a sanding block since yoiu don’t have any suitable equipment.

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#5 posted 11-21-2009 09:47 PM

Jim, know the problem, a simple trick is to clamp a thicker piece on the piece you are sanding that is square ,and at the point you wish to stop, it will not only provide you with a stop reference, but the added piece will also act as a guide to keep you straight and square , works well

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#6 posted 11-21-2009 09:58 PM

Thanks, Charles, I’ll try that! I find sanding square particularly difficult on the small pieces I use for tray dividers. Sounds like a solution!

I was going to ask if anyone had ever heard of a sanding block shooting board. I have two planes: a Handyman #4 that I can’t seem to get to plane anything other than edges of plywood and pine boards and a dollar-special block plane that I picked up somewhere that doesn’t even have a lever for adjusting the blade angle or a knob for adjusting the blade….just a knob to hold the blade in. Would love to get a couple of nice planes but…... you know the story – retired, money goes about 1/2 as far as it did a few years ago. Even the $40-$50 that Stanley 60-1/2 planes go for on ebay seems like a lot to us. That’s food for several days! But I do the best I can with what tools I have.

Jim

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#7 posted 11-21-2009 10:05 PM

Hi Jim I had this problem when i made doll house furniture 1/12 I solved it by sticking a piece of sand paper only on half of a piece of scrap about 1ft long X 2” the sand paper 1” wide and use a shooting board and the piece with no paper on slides along the boards edge this should solve your prolem. U cold also use hook and loop (we call it velcro in SA ) abrasives. Regards Roger

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#8 posted 11-21-2009 11:50 PM

The solutions have been given. I’m just chiming in to say you are not alone… I’ve done it too.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#9 posted 11-21-2009 11:51 PM

Thanks, Roger. That also sounds like a plan. Guess I’ll be making a shooting board tomorrow. With my background in the military and law enforcement, that sounds like a board that you set up out in the willies somewhere and then fire at it with rifles and pistols, right :-). Seriously, I know what a shooting board is.

Jim

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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