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Forum topic by schloemoe posted 07-14-2010 04:39 AM 1560 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-14-2010 04:39 AM

You know how when you’re doing something really intricut and you get that one spot that comes up to an inside point and It just does not look right to you. So then you go off in search of the right tool to sand it with you can use dowels with self adhesive sand paper even thin strips of wood with self adhesive sand paper or you can go buy a profile sander which cost $$$$ I don’t know and then you stand the risk of ruining you work piece if you’re not careful. I’ve stumbled across a very inexpensive alternative ! You know those finger nail files you’re wife probly uses? You know the ones made out of styrofoam and they are abrasive on both sides.ya ya thats it thats the one.You can buy those 3for $.99 like at Walmart they won’t take alot of abuse but they do work very nicely.I ve been using them on and off for about a year and they work fine and they’re so cheap it doesn;t matter if you loose a couple now and then. How many of you have found a cheap alternative to an almost dailey problem I’d be interested to hear…......................Schloemoe

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#1 posted 07-14-2010 04:46 AM

use them myself ,

they do the job !

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#2 posted 07-14-2010 04:46 AM

Yes they work great Rick thanks for sharing.

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#3 posted 07-14-2010 04:47 AM

Thanks for sharing that one, have never given something simple and inexpensive like that a thought. Would also like to hear of others which members have come across.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#4 posted 07-14-2010 04:58 AM

thank you for the tip

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#5 posted 07-14-2010 05:11 AM

ssshhh…. Mimi keeps blaming the dog for chewing hers up ;^)

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 07-14-2010 05:16 AM

I don’t have a dog to blame it on but I do have a couple of cats …Yeah that’s the ticket….....Schloemoe

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#7 posted 07-14-2010 06:16 AM

I have few in the shop that I commandeered from upstairs.
they came handy on a couple of occasions.

Thanks for sharing.

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#8 posted 07-14-2010 07:42 AM

My wife sometimes wounders where they all went?

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#9 posted 07-14-2010 10:13 AM

I prefer the ones called emory boards. They are even cheaper. They are a little stiffer and they hold up better and yes, they work quite well. I always have a few on my bench handy for use.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#10 posted 07-14-2010 02:00 PM

Good idea!! Thanks for the tip….

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#11 posted 07-14-2010 03:37 PM

I was digging around in the upper shelves of my shop yesterday and saw an old bucket of foam rubber sheet rock sanding blocks (different shapes and sizes) and thought that I should otta try them for sanding on creviced items. Well, with your affirmation on the nail board I know these will work so I guess I will have to climb back up there and bring them down to working level and give them a try. Thanks Rick

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#12 posted 07-14-2010 06:15 PM

Along roughly the same lines, I have used a square of sandpaper, wrapped partially around your basic Bic white-barreled ball point pen. It seems to be just the right size for sanding after the use of a cove bit in the router. Just make sure to take the cap off.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#13 posted 07-15-2010 02:45 AM

Been there, done that. Anything that works is good enough in my book.

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#14 posted 07-16-2010 05:19 AM

thanks a lot, i’m going to break into my x-girlfriends house now

-- "A woodworking project is either a masterpiece or a POS" Dr. Lang

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