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Forum topic by kryptix posted 10-17-2016 08:11 PM 811 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-17-2016 08:11 PM

I’m trying to find something that I can use to keep my projects from sliding all over while I use my Festool rotex sander… I know I can clamp it down but that has its own issues (always a high spot near the clamp etc.

Anyone have any good ideas for this? I use the rubber drawer liners, but they don’t stop all movement and they get sucked up by the suction on the vac then chewed up…

Would it be better if I secured the drawer liner to a piece of plywood or something?

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#1 posted 10-17-2016 11:48 PM

I bought one of those rubber mesh sanding mats and used it for years. When it gets dusty, it slides around, so I have to rinse it off and sun dry it every now and then. But lately I just lay a thick towel on the assembly table and put the wood on that. I now prefer it to the rubber mesh mat.

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#2 posted 10-18-2016 12:23 AM

Definitely a good tip mine is covered in sawdust. I’ll also have to try that tip with the towel!

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#3 posted 10-18-2016 01:04 AM

Maybe get some foam pad they use under carpets? Twas good enough for Norm Abram, when he’d run a router on small parts….

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#4 posted 10-18-2016 01:14 AM

Willing to try, was actually tempted to glue some 220 or 360 sand paper to plywood and use that, I figure worst case that’s just extra sanding on the other side…

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#5 posted 10-18-2016 01:55 AM

About once a year it seems, my wife replaces the rugs in the hall way, or kitchen. They are the style rugs with the rubber backing on them. They work great and stay put on the bench really well.
I have also used plain carpet scraps too. Works about as well.

-- John

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#6 posted 10-18-2016 02:20 AM

I have a piece of hardboard I covered both sides of with no-slip drawer liner to use as a routing mat. That works well for small stuff. A couple small tabs of carpet tape sticks larger stuff to the workbench.

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#7 posted 10-18-2016 02:26 AM

Over the years, I’ve tried several methods for sanding pads…none of them really work that good, especially if you have a slick bench top….I gave up on them, and started using the bench dog in my vices, and I use bench holes and dogs, so I clamp a work piece to the vice dog, open it up, and clamp the piece to the nearest bench dog….I space my dogs every 6” apart so there’s some wiggle room for clamping…I made several dogs that stick up 1/2” ou of the hole, and some 3/4” for the same….Now I can hold material anywhere from 1/4”- ?..

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#8 posted 10-18-2016 02:33 AM

I use that foam carpet pad Bandit mentioned. Seems to work pretty well for me. It was cheap, left over scrap that was going to be tossed away.

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#9 posted 10-18-2016 03:51 AM

I too have used the carpet pads and they work great!

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#10 posted 10-19-2016 12:06 AM


I have noticed that when sanding on my shop built downdraft sanding table, larger workpieces can be difficult to re-position or flip over due to the suction from the dust collector holding the workpiece to the table. Smaller workpieces can move around unless some scrap hardboard covers some on the unneeded slots in the top.

The sanding table is a sealed box with a port for the dust collector hookup. The sanding surface is MDF with slots. The top is covered with a router mat held to the MDF with contact cement.

This solution is certainly more complicated than a roll out mat and takes up floor space. But in addition to the hold fast feature from the dust collector suction, any dust not picked up by the sander is captured by the dust collector.

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#11 posted 10-19-2016 02:06 AM

That’s a good idea! I just got the HF 2hp collector so maybe I can get that to work. Have to build my bench first though…

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#12 posted 10-20-2016 12:06 AM

So quick update, not perfect but clamping a washed drawer liner to a bench with some cauls was enough to let me sand pretty aggressively today, you guys are great!

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