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Forum topic by Greg Guarino posted 07-01-2014 11:46 AM 1213 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-01-2014 11:46 AM

... or reinventing the wheel?

I’m a novice, so I’m constantly puzzling out how to do things. I designed a set of cookbook shelves that incorporate lots and lots of small parts. Here’s the first dry fit (no top and no shelves yet):

Dry Fit: The Frame

I’m making two identical units. I realized only after I cut all the pieces that it would really be a chore to sand them. This is what I came up with; a “corral” made from strips of ply that would exactly hold 4 pieces at a time:

Hmmm. I don’t see the video now. Here’s the link

I used three sanders so I wouldn’t need to change grits repeatedly. The “corral” worked so nicely that I used it for some of the curved parts also, even for the hand-sanding of the curves. I then made a three-sided corral for some of the longer parts, holding the fourth side with my other hand.

Is this a common technique I wonder?


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#1 posted 07-01-2014 01:52 PM

If I was organized and had a bunch of pieces to sand, I would cut long strips, get them sanded, then cut them to length with a good blade and back fence that would not leave tearout…... Jerry (in Tucson)

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#2 posted 07-02-2014 02:46 AM

I also make cradles for sanding multiple parts. And keep 3 or 4 sanders with different grit sand paper on them. By not changing grits on a sander it makes the hook and loop pads last longer. When the hook and loop wears out I screw on a handle and use peal and stick paper to use for hand sanding . Works great since they are a nice flat surface.

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