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RussellAP

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830 days ago

Whether you use a vibrating sander or an orbital here is an easy way to hold the work.

Simply put a piece of short nap carpet on your bench large enough to put the work on.

It keeps the work from moving with only the slightest touch on your part.

An added benefit is that it also catches most of the fine dust. You simply take it outside when finished and smack it against a tree to clean it up.

Try it out. Some places sell small squares of this kind of carpet for a $1 or even less.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.


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Spofeo

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#1 posted 830 days ago

cool idea :)

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#2 posted 830 days ago

Sounds great. Another good idea is to use the rubberized matts that are put under area carpets to keep them from sliding around. Carpet stores usually sell it pretty cheap by the yard from a big roll.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 830 days ago

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-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Ben

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#4 posted 830 days ago

I use the non slip rug mats like stefang. They work great. I have heard the carpet idea before, but never tried it. I use the non slip mats for sanding and routing.

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#5 posted 830 days ago

I use rubber drawer liner from the dollar store. My wife got over-zealous when we bought the house, and we have about a dozen extra rolls of it. Works real nice and I don’t feel bad about throwing it out when it’s ratty.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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RussellAP

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#6 posted 830 days ago

Ben, I like the carpet because it catches the fine dust instead of letting it blow around the shop.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#7 posted 830 days ago

Thanks for the tip Russ.

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#8 posted 830 days ago

great tip Russell

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#9 posted 830 days ago

Stefang, I was in a store once and they were selling “router mats” for $10/sq ft. On the next aisle, they had “carpet pads” for $0.50/sq ft. Go figure!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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69BBNova

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#10 posted 830 days ago

Thats a pretty good idea…

I spend an inordinate amout of time thinking about how to do things, even as simple as your idea…

A several weeks ago I actually thought that if I had resaw capibilities for cutting veneers I wondered how I could get it thin enough to actually use…

The problem is I dont have a planer and may never have one (just really dont need one)...

I realized that for my purposes I could use double sided wide scotch tape to adhere it to a flat surface when running over it with a hand plane or a sanding block…

I thought about that for years when I do nothing.

Now I need a piece of carpet also.

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Tennessee

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#11 posted 830 days ago

I use the drawer rubber liner, but there seem to be too types, large hole pattern and small hole pattern. The small one is less grippy, but the large hole seems to catch on sanders and routers easier. For assembly of my guitars, it’s a big terrycloth towel.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#12 posted 830 days ago

Good tip Russ, I have been using a routher matt that I got about 230 years ago and I camn tell you its very well worn by now.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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RussellAP

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#13 posted 830 days ago

Marty, after I finished my basement rooms I had the carpet remnants rolled up in the garage. I decided one day to use it for sanding when I got tired of all my tools vibrating off the bench and falling to the floor. Now the wood stays put and the dust is caught in the nap of the carpet. Worked out pretty well.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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gfadvm

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#14 posted 829 days ago

I’ve been using the rubber drawer liners but they get less grippy after some use so I’m anxious to try your carpet tip. Thanks for posting this.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Lee Barker

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#15 posted 829 days ago

The risk with the carpet is that something harder than what you’re sanding gets threaded in there and you flip over the door or whatever to sand the other side and ugliness happens underneath. I much prefer the sanding mats which you can insure are free of bad stuff. Most of my sanding is done over a sanding table, so the dust collection feature of the carpet is moot.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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