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Forum topic by BlankMan posted 12-03-2009 08:54 AM 2822 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BlankMan

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12-03-2009 08:54 AM

I’ve seen them, but not in stores near me. Like 8, 10, 12 inches long, maybe 2 inches wide, handle at each end. Found one at HF the other day but where the handles were attached it made that area way too stiff and flatten it. I think that would not be good sanding an arc, having a flat spot.

I think they use them in the auto bodywork trade so I might have to check there, but anybody know where to get a decent one?

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI


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#1 posted 12-03-2009 12:47 PM

make one, just get a thin pc of wood and glue a couple of dowels to it. what i did was get a thin pc of acrylic and used acrylc glue to glue the handles or dowels to it and it works perfect.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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#2 posted 12-03-2009 04:44 PM

Bonding foam, high density, cut in the basic shape you want then bond that to a wood platform with what ever handles you prefer and either glue the sandpaper directly the the foam or bond velcro to it and use the hook and loop type sandpaper. I have also used different foamy rubbers stacked and formed together to give proper shape and sanding stiffness.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 12-03-2009 08:35 PM

I thought of the wood but like the acrylic/plastic idea better, just haven’t found any suitable, going to have to look harder. Have to hit my favorite Ace and a craft store on my way home.

I like the foam idea too and can see using that but not in this case. The arc is not of the same radius along it’s length, more like a half a teardrop. That’s why I was thinking of a flexible one so I could keep it’s full length in contact at all times.

I keep seeing these black rubber like ones in my head that I’ve see before, just don’t know where to get one. I’m thinking it be a nice thing to have around but it looks like I’ll land up making one for now because I need one now.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#4 posted 12-03-2009 08:46 PM

I’m not really sure I know what you want, but have you thought of sanding sponges for drywall? HD or Lowes.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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BlankMan

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#5 posted 12-03-2009 09:08 PM

I got those too and always keep them on hand.

I’m thinking flexible surface of that length so that the contact area will help remove high spots from using a jig saw to cut it out, thus then making the arc more uniform. I don’t know that the sanding sponges will do that because they might conform a little too much. I had tried them and it looked pretty good but I’m thinking this will be better. And the sanding sponge in this case can have a tendency to round over the edges thus not keep the edge perpendicular to the surface. I was remiss in not mentioning the arc is cut in material only 1/2” thick so what I’m sanding is the edge.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#6 posted 12-03-2009 11:53 PM

Here Blankman take a look at these we use them in auto collision industry hope these help

You can find more info at this site http://www.dura-block.com/durablockline.html

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#7 posted 12-04-2009 12:02 AM

Very cool woodman71!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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BlankMan

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#8 posted 12-04-2009 05:21 AM

I’m starting to think those Dura-Blocks’s might just be the ticket, thanks woodman.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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