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12-17-2013 10:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sander sanding sanding mop mop sandpaper

I’m looking at throwing together sanding mops in various grits. Thinking of semi-mass producing smaller irregular shaped items that would benefit from this process.

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For anyone who’s done it before, do you think that ordinary sandpaper would work, or should I opt for something with a thicker backing like the belts that would go on a belt sander? Intuitively it seems like the latter would hold up better, but I’m not sure if it would overkill either.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com


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#1 posted 12-17-2013 10:12 PM

Don’t know for sure but cloth backed won’t disintegrate when you hit an obstacle. Emery cloth is available in rolls.

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#2 posted 12-17-2013 10:18 PM

Hmm. The Ace hardware store down the road from my house might have it, then. I looked for emery cloth on their site and found 1 inch rolls in 80, 120, 180, and 320 grit. Not too expensive either. I think that just might be the ticket.

Thanks for the tip, Renners! (Shall we have another round of chess, by the way?)

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#3 posted 12-17-2013 10:19 PM

I’ve not done this, but if I were to try, I’d look at some of the commercially available products for reference. I suspect though, that “Renners” hit the nail on the head, cloth backed would take the most abuse from sharp corners, etc.
I assume you have already looked at this LJS project: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/38242
Good luck however you decide to proceed.

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#4 posted 12-17-2013 10:22 PM

Oldtool, indeed. I actually linked to that project in my original post up top. I tried sending a PM to the LJ who did it but I haven’t heard back, thus prompting me to seek the wisdom of the forums. There are a few videos on YouTube on the subject but none mentioned emery cloth.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#5 posted 12-17-2013 10:44 PM

When I read the email notification of your post, first thing I thought was to use emery cloth… then I checked the links and the actual post :)

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#6 posted 12-17-2013 10:52 PM

Ha! I love the internet and email. It’s orders of magnitude more effective than lighting up the Bat Signal.

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#7 posted 12-18-2013 02:56 AM

Brian, I have made several sanding mops in different grits and I use drum sander paper (cloth) from Industrial Abrasives. I rip the 3” down the center to make my strips. The cheaper belt/strips were very disappointing as they came apart and shed most of the grit the first time I used them. They take a bit of time to build so I would use quality paper!

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#8 posted 12-18-2013 03:58 PM

I have made several, cloth back is the only way to go. I get it from a flooring place(leftover ends)

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#9 posted 12-18-2013 04:11 PM

I’m not sure how wide you need the strips, but I buy cloth backed paper in rolls (for turning). Harbor Freight's stuff is actually halfway decent. 10$ for a 20ft roll of 150 ,220, 320, and 400

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#10 posted 12-18-2013 05:27 PM

Joe, that looks like a fantastic option. And much better than paying $10 for a roll of each grit. Thanks!

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#11 posted 12-18-2013 05:31 PM

They take a decent amount of abuse too. I’m probably on my 10th box of these. If I thought they sucked I would have looked for better options. They handle heat really well.

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#12 posted 12-18-2013 05:48 PM

I did do this last summer for refinishing my garage doors. I cut up a 6×48 belt. The backing was almost too stiff. A lighter backing would have been an improvement.

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