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11-27-2016 11:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sand sanding sandpaper sanding disks cleaner clean eraser rubber mat horse mat floor mat cleaning sandpaper sandpaper cleaning abrasive abrasive cleaning loading sandpaper loading

I was working on a door and some swirl marks came through on the stain. That meant sanding back through the stain. Of course, that meant I was going to load down sheets and disks of paper just holding the sander within a few feet of the door. What a pain in the neck, and the pocket book.

For some reason, while I was bending over to get something, it occurred to me to run the sander against the horse mat covering the floor. It sure wasn’t going to hurt anything. After running it a few seconds, quite a bit of oily sawdust appeared on the floor. When I looked at the paper, ALL the stain that had loaded the sandpaper was gone.

Cleaning the paper by running it against the [four by six foot] horse mat every few minutes, when it started loosing its effectiveness, allowed me to do as much with one sheet as I would have done with ten.


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#1 posted 11-27-2016 11:37 PM

Sounds as effective and far cheaper than buying a 4’ x 6’ belt cleaner!

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#2 posted 11-28-2016 05:31 PM

And a whole easier to deal with. Rolling one of these puppies up (the horse mat) and running it against my pad sander was proving futile, so I resorted to just standing on it and, whoda thunk it, they make pretty good floor mats too. Of course, I may have to resort to that again for the big belt sanders. ;)


Sounds as effective and far cheaper than buying a 4 x 6 belt cleaner!

- bigblockyeti


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#3 posted 11-28-2016 05:36 PM

Just for reference, someone else suggested I just wipe the stain off using thinner. For the record, I did, but a rag dampened in solvent doesn’t do as I would hope or he (after the fact) thought it would. Stain does, after all, go into the pores of the wood and the oil based stuff is made using linseed oil, which, after hardening is not affected by thinner and wiping.

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#4 posted 11-28-2016 05:53 PM

I’ve used file cards to clear the clingons off of the sandpaper.
Works pretty good depending on what the clingons are.

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#5 posted 11-28-2016 06:19 PM

jbay, I tried a stiff wire brush and a lighter one. The stiffer one, like you find in many shops, did a better job. It isn’t as stiff as a card scraper though, so the scraper might work better than it did. In the end, the rubber mat was times faster and did a better job than the ones I used.

It might be interesting to roll a tire in the shop and see what running a pad sander against it did.

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#6 posted 11-28-2016 06:38 PM

Here is what you need:
http://www.acmetools.com/shop/tools/woodstock-w1304
Less than $4.

I use this all of the time to clean my belt sander/sharpener. It lasts forever…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#7 posted 11-28-2016 07:12 PM

Or you could get one like I use for my widebelt.

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#8 posted 11-28-2016 07:19 PM

Mike, I agree. They are worth their weight in gold and I couldn’t recommend them enough. I have large one resting on my 6×89 belt sander and a smaller one on my 6×48. I’ve had the big one for several years now.

They’re actually easier to use on those two sanders than on any of my pad or disk sanders, since you just have to drag them across the belt while running.

Someone, elsewhere, said Harbor Freight sells them too. I don’t know what size they are or what they run there.


Here is what you need:
http://www.acmetools.com/shop/tools/woodstock-w1304
Less than $4.

I use this all of the time to clean my belt sander/sharpener. It lasts forever…

- HorizontalMike


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#9 posted 11-28-2016 07:24 PM

jbay, where did you pick up the wide belt eraser? That would be perfect for pad sanders.

The whole thing about the floor mat was, you just run the sander over it and, in a couple seconds, you’re ready for another round. These, obviously, would do the same thing and are far more practical than buying a monster horse mat.

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#10 posted 11-28-2016 07:46 PM


jbay, where did you pick up the wide belt eraser? That would be perfect for pad sanders.

The whole thing about the floor mat was, you just run the sander over it and, in a couple seconds, you re ready for another round. These, obviously, would do the same thing and are far more practical than buying a monster horse mat.

- Kelly

I’m not sure, I’ve had it for several..several years (as you can see by how it looks) I’ll see if I can find them.
Here is a shot of the sticker that was on the back. Not sure if they’re even around anymore or not.
https://www.woodstockint.com/products/d3378

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#11 posted 11-28-2016 10:22 PM

I did a bit of on line digging:

http://www.grizzly.com/products/PRO-STIK-12-x-15-x-3-4-Belt-Cleaner/D3378?gclid=CPmckfiYzNACFZSXfgodakoI9w&utm_campaign=zPage&utm_source=grizzly.com

A bit more digging would likely find more.

Thanks for the lead.

For now, I’ll probably stay with the horsey mats, since I, probably (maybe) won’t lose them.

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#12 posted 11-28-2016 10:41 PM

I saw a guy use the sole of an old tennis shoe once. I tried it and sure enough it works.
I’ve only used this on my Ridgid Spindle Sander but it did the trick.

-- Chem, Central California

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