LumberJocks

The proper way to fold sandpaper. Is there one?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by GaryK posted 05-05-2011 11:40 PM 3140 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View GaryK's profile

GaryK

10262 posts in 3452 days


05-05-2011 11:40 PM

Well, as far as I know there is no one way to properly fold sandpaper. (BTW, why does it always seem to be made in Canada? Do you Canucks have the market cornered on the glue or something? :-) )

I do know that you don’t fold it so that grit side is facing grit side. They would just wear each other out before you even got the chance to use them.

Here is one way to properly fold sandpaper. After it’s folded you can either use it as is or wrapped in a block of wood.

First divide in to 4 quarters.

Then cut and fold as shown below:

Now fold again:

One last fold, and there you go.

When one face wears out just re-fold it exposing a fresh face.

If you like working with smaller pieces you can do the same thing with one of the quarters you marked.

Now you don’t have to go through the trouble of actually marking the paper. Folding it will do the same thing and you just tear it as needed.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX


12 replies so far

View degoose's profile

degoose

7196 posts in 2819 days


#1 posted 05-05-2011 11:46 PM

Seems like a smart way to do it…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

View BertFlores58's profile

BertFlores58

1684 posts in 2386 days


#2 posted 05-06-2011 12:02 AM

I got an idea on a 3 fold… But I normally scroll them so it will not be face to face and it will be easier for me to tear out the used portion.

-- Bert

View shipwright's profile

shipwright

7172 posts in 2262 days


#3 posted 05-06-2011 12:30 AM

For bigger flat-ish jobs I fold as you do, Gary but most of the time I just use it in quarters. It seems that even with the sand surfaces all facing clear faces the bending and working still damage the unused sides.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

View CanadianWoodChuck's profile

CanadianWoodChuck

402 posts in 3378 days


#4 posted 05-06-2011 02:00 AM

Thanks Gary, I’m glad to hear Canada is producing something :)

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce) http://3dwoodworkingplans.com

View Karson's profile

Karson

35035 posts in 3865 days


#5 posted 05-06-2011 02:10 AM

Now can you fold the paper into a peacock or a rabbit?

Nice skill.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

View john's profile

john

2362 posts in 3846 days


#6 posted 05-06-2011 02:34 AM

I learned that trick way back when i was a kid :-) The sheets are designed to be separated in 4 pieces to fit a palm sander perfectly .

-- John in Belgrave (Website) http://www.extremebirdhouse.com , https://www.facebook.com/groups/extremebirdhouses/

View devann's profile

devann

2201 posts in 2157 days


#7 posted 05-06-2011 05:28 AM

Gary, after you have used a sheet in your 1/4 pad sander to you save it to use for “touch ups” or for sanding in tight places?

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

View GaryK's profile

GaryK

10262 posts in 3452 days


#8 posted 05-06-2011 06:43 AM

devann – I don’t have a 1/4 pad sander. This is if you are doing it by hand or with a block.

You could do that though. The part that’s clamped gets no use in the sander.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

View Ollie's profile

Ollie

146 posts in 2739 days


#9 posted 05-06-2011 03:00 PM

I was told to always fold sandpaper into 3rds. this way you can use one face then the reverse face and then the one in the middle. Then if you need a smaller bit tear off a third and again fold again into thirds.
I must say though, that I normally get my sandpaper in the rolls.

-- Ollie, UK.

View Cosmicsniper's profile

Cosmicsniper

2202 posts in 2623 days


#10 posted 05-06-2011 03:22 PM

I was taught the same way, Ollie.

I get confused on the ways I’m supposed to cut paper though. My 1/4 sheet sander is easy, but I have a 3M sanding block that requires the paper cut into 4 strips across the width of the sheet. Then, I have a 1/2 sheet sander that gets occasional use. I always have to remind myself how to partition the paper!

For handsanding, I will normally cut a sheet to fit the sanding block, and then use those same sections folded in 1/3rds handsanding without the block. I’ve never liked using a whole sheet of paper as I feel it’s too big to control…breaking the edges is okay…but larger sheets make me feel like I’m rounding them over.

BTW, my goal is to get handplanes of every conceivable variety and size…so that I can get rid of the sandpaper all together. :)

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

View Kent Shepherd's profile

Kent Shepherd

2718 posts in 2750 days


#11 posted 05-06-2011 07:10 PM

I was taught years a go to cut a sheet in half length-wise. and then fold the two pieces into thirds.
I find for me, the the backing seems to last longer than leaving the whole sheet intact. I like the way this fits my hand.

As far as a proper way, I quess whatever works for an individual is proper.

devann: I do have a 1/4 sheet sander, and I always do that. I also reuse 5” discs too.
By the time I throw a piece away, it is too small to hold.

-- http://shepherdtoolandsupply.com/

View patron's profile

patron

13537 posts in 2805 days


#12 posted 05-06-2011 07:50 PM

i always fold in quarters too

but for hand sanding
i learned the hard way
to not just lay my hand on the paper
and sand with my hand flat on it
like this

i have picked up to many splinters
that caught the paper and were driven into my fingers
so now i always grab the paper in a ‘u’ fashion
and only have the inner fingers down on it
and the wood
leaving a tilted edge on the paper
that ramps over any splinters
like this

you don’t see it in this picture
but my thumb and outside fingers are higher
than the one on the paper
so i don’t get any splinters in them

i don’t leave blood trails
on finished work as much now

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

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com