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Forum topic by EMC posted 10-07-2013 11:59 PM 1556 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-07-2013 11:59 PM

I’m knee deep in end grain cutting boards, making my wife happy by producing them for Christmas presents.

I recently started working on the final sanding of the first 15 or so completed boards and quickly got frustrated with how hard it was to hold them still on my sanding table.

I’ve tried the special mats, shelf liner, carpet pad, carpet scraps, cookies and a bunch if other stuff and none of them have worked well for long – especially once they get dusty.

But while at Walmart the other day I walked through the bath aisle and spotted a cheapo $5 tub mat. Felt the surface and it was really sticky rubber. Brought it home, tried it out, and it works better than anything else I have tried!
I have it taped into my sanding table. inch soft surface due to suction cups underneath. Really sticky top surface. Even when it. Is coated with sawdust it still holds pretty well, and a quick wipe with a wet rag restores it to 100% sticky as well.

Well worth the $5 in my book!

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#1 posted 10-08-2013 12:00 AM

Thumbs up!!!

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#2 posted 10-08-2013 01:00 AM

Nice tip. Thanks

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 10-08-2013 01:29 AM

Good idea. Shelf liner will keep working if you dunk it in a bucket of water once in awhile to rinse the dust off.


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#4 posted 10-08-2013 01:36 AM

Good thinking.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 10-08-2013 02:17 AM

Good idea. I have been using a small area rug for this. It works OK but this sounds like a better solution.

-- No PHD, but I have a GED and my DD 214

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#6 posted 10-08-2013 07:44 PM

Simple tips like this are priceless!

-- Todd

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#7 posted 10-08-2013 10:03 PM

Rug grippers to put under a rug on a hardwood floor will do the job as well

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#8 posted 10-08-2013 11:10 PM

Thanks for the tip. BTW, great looking cutting boards, nice job!

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#9 posted 10-09-2013 12:09 AM

They’ll have the same thing in the next Rockler catalog, relabeled for woodworking and priced at $39.99 and they’ll sell every one!

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#10 posted 10-09-2013 12:16 AM

Thanks for the tip—I need this.

P.S. Good looking CBs.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#11 posted 10-09-2013 12:24 AM

Thanks for the great tip,
I have trouble with those cookies sliding all over the workbench, I usually have to double tape them down just to be able to keep them in one place, your idea is the best tip for this kind of situation by far.

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#12 posted 10-09-2013 12:35 AM

Great idea, and the cutting boards are beautiful!

-- Once in awhile I make something really great. Most days I just make sawdust.

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#13 posted 10-09-2013 01:09 AM

Great find, glad to hear you solved a problem

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#14 posted 10-09-2013 05:13 PM

great ideal. I have found the microfiber clothes work very well also.

-- I would offer moral support, but I have questionable morals - Me, 2005

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