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Forum topic by Cory posted 03-05-2010 08:38 PM 3134 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Cory

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03-05-2010 08:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sandpaper flat

I’m getting ready to build a sanding cabinet for my sandpaper sheets, discs, pads, blocks, etc. like this one:

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and I’m wondering how you guys keep your sandpaper flat. In the projects I’ve seen everyone just lays their sandpaper on a tray. My experience with sandpaper is that it tends to curl after a while. I thought about a small block of MDF on each tray but maybe you guys have a better solution.

Thanks in advance for the help.

Cory

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Sawkerf

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#1 posted 03-05-2010 08:49 PM

I use scraps of 1/2” ply on my sheet sandpaper. The discs and pads seem to stay flat on their own.

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#2 posted 03-05-2010 08:51 PM

Flat sandpaper do they do that LOL…..........

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#3 posted 03-05-2010 09:29 PM

I’m wondering why you care if the sandpaper curls? Will that affect its functionality?

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#4 posted 03-05-2010 10:15 PM

I keep the large sheets in the cardboard sleeves it comes in until I am ready to use it.

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#5 posted 03-06-2010 01:40 AM

I saw the title line. I thought it was a joke. I came looking for a punchline.

How about “give it to our president and tell him it is the economy” ?

(somebody can do better than that one)

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iamwelty

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#6 posted 03-06-2010 03:24 PM

Well, my solution isn’t fancy, but it was very easy… Bought a large office folder organizer from Wallymart or Staples… they usually are around $10 – $15… they have multiple compartment folders that house each grit by size. I can mark on the tab the grit making it easy to find the grit that I need. The organizer has a latch that holds the sandpaper tight, keeping it perfectly straight and dust free. It’s portable so I can take the sandpaper out of the shop to a project. I also use an organizer to hold tool manuals, etc.

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Cory

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#7 posted 03-06-2010 04:04 PM

Spaids: Don’t go trying to insert logic into my thread!!!! I’m sure it doesn’t affect the functionality of the sandpaper, but it does make it harder to pull out and sort.

No joke, Paul, though I do like yours!

iamwelty/Skarp: Good idea on the file. I was just hoping for something a little more “woody”.

Wayne: Good solution.

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iamwelty

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#8 posted 03-07-2010 03:10 AM

Yeah Cory, Antiicipated that… I wasn’t going to post my idea… but it works so dang well and it was sooooo easy… but it sure won’t win any prizes at the state fair…

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#9 posted 03-07-2010 05:32 AM

i keep my sandpaper in the cardboard folders they come in…holds them flat n square for me

-- M.K.

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PaulfromVictor

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#10 posted 03-07-2010 03:55 PM

I cut all my sandpaper sheets into quarters. I keep them in a coupon organizer sorted by grit. I take my sanding outside, so this makes it easy to carry it with me. The quarter sheets are less prone to curl, and fit my Milwaukee ROS perfectly.

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