Solving the Problem of the Jet Drum Sander Paper!

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Forum topic by ellen35 posted 06-23-2010 11:30 PM 2324 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-23-2010 11:30 PM

If necessity is the mother of invention… this tool needs to be “invented” by Jet!
The last episode of my sad story was that I was running through sandpaper at quite a pace. And, the sandpaper was about $6/unit! Everyone was so helpful on LJ with their suggestions. I thought I’d post my “solution” to the problem. I figured if I could only tighten the sandpaper sufficiently, I could manage to keep it “square” on the drum (the proverbial square peg in the round hole??). Even my small hands were no match for the tight quarters that Jet provides in there! So, I went to my local hardware store looking for short curve needlenose pliers. Of course, this hardware store has everything… but that. So we improvised… my friendly Ace Hardware man did the bending of the pliers and this is what we came out with. A note: it is better to use cheap ones as they bend better!! The second picture are the pliers in action.
Thanks to all who sent suggestions… here’s one for anyone who needs it.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#1 posted 06-23-2010 11:36 PM

OH, it’s a “sandpaper-stretcher-on-a-drum” pliers….

nice workaround!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 06-23-2010 11:41 PM

Wow, If those pliers were made of “real steel” the only way you could bend them like that would be by applying heat from a torch and a regular propane only will not suffice you need oxigene/propane mixed torch to get the metal hot enough to bend it, then you still need to fix the tempering of the steel, hahaha I guess when you can’t find a real tool thanks be to God for the cheap chinese imports.
At least you solved the problem, now you know what you have to get is that one ever breaks down.

Have fun….

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#3 posted 06-24-2010 12:00 AM

Well I’ll be darned…Ace IS the place with the helpful hardware man! Who knew? That’s terrific customer service Ellen. I’m glad you got your issue resolved.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#4 posted 06-24-2010 12:39 AM

It looks like you came up with a great creative solution to the problem. Are you using the pliers to pull the paper or work the clamping mechanism?

I have the Jet 16/32 and it is no easy task to get the paper tight on that one, either. The Jet hook tool that came with it doesn’t do much to simplify the operation. I went through 3 rolls of paper the first day… each one tearing at the right side because it was too loose. My technique for attaching it has improved and I have learned to check and retighten regularly, but it is still a pain getting enough fingers in there to do it. I think I will try winding it with velcro and see how it goes with loop paper when I run low on what I have now.

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#5 posted 06-24-2010 01:29 AM

great improvisation , ellen .

thinking outside the roll for sure !

sometimes these tool designers ,
i swear don’t even see the tools they design ,
much less use one !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 06-24-2010 02:46 AM

I actually own a pair of pliers that came like that. I’ll have to give it a try with my new sander. The best place I’ve found for needlenose pliers is the jewelrymaking section of craft stores and/or a good fly fishing shop. They’re likely to be much cheaper at the craft store, but you can get insanely precise ones at fishing shops.

-- "When you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think straight" - Inherit the Wind

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#7 posted 06-24-2010 05:36 AM

Great idea Ellen, thanks for posting your solution (I still haven’t dealt with my bandsaw).

-- Kate,

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