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05-18-2009 04:31 PM

I’m dying here!!! I obviously do not know what the heck I’m doing. The sandpaper on my Craftsman oribtal sander wont stay on. Does anyone have some tips on how to do this properly?

Thank you in advance.


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#1 posted 05-18-2009 04:37 PM

Depends on the sander. There are 3 types of sanders. Hook and loop sanders act like velcro and you need hook and loop sand paper for it.

Some just have a plain pad and you use PSA (pressure sensitive adhesive) sandpaper on those.

Others have little arms that grab and hold the paper and you use plain sheet sand paper on those.

If you post the model I am sure someone can check to see what it takes, or research it yourself.

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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#2 posted 05-18-2009 04:42 PM

Thank you for taking the time to reply.

the sander holds a quarter of a sheet of sandpaper that attaches using a clip on both ends to hold it secure. However, they always seem to tear. never holds on properly. Is there a trick that i’m missing to hold it snug?


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#3 posted 05-18-2009 04:50 PM

Hey VB
If you have a hook and loop sander and the sand paper is not sticking then you may have tried to sand with out the sand paper on and damaged your hook and loop. I have had new woodworkers students that have done this a few times. All you can do is replace the hook and loop pan it this has happen,. The other possibility is the hook and loop sand paper is defective on your sanding disc ,I’ve found this a few times.

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#4 posted 05-18-2009 04:56 PM

Thank you both(Jim, Rich). I’ll experiment some more maybe I can re-inforce the sandpaper by doubling up where the loop will hold the paper might be tighter this way.


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#5 posted 05-18-2009 05:19 PM

Try folding the end of the paper that goes under the clip so that it has a double grab on it.
Also, put the difficult end in first and stretch it to the easy end…usually I put the end under the handle or under the cord in first then the front .

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#6 posted 05-18-2009 05:52 PM

Thanks Ellen, I like that idea a lot. Will try tonight when I get home.

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#7 posted 05-22-2009 03:07 PM

with a 1/4 orbital sander fold sheet in half lenght wise and tear on corner of square table/tool top ,
then fold across and cut again . put all 4 pieces in tool together ( as ellen said hard end first ) .
as you use it rip of used paper , leaving stubs on tool to increase grip on paper.
for 1 sheet use a strip ( like popsicle stick ) to increase presure of clamps , they can be reused/replased .

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

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#8 posted 05-22-2009 03:39 PM

I also prefold the edge that will go under last. I put the paper in, fold it around then remove that paper, put the new end in first. When I get to the second end it is prefolded so it is easier to make it snug. This was it doesn’t take 3 hands and 2 extra fingers!

-- Berta in NC

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#9 posted 05-22-2009 03:59 PM

I find the key is to smooth all slack out of the paper when slipping it under the second clamp. Any slack will cause the paper to tear quickly.

Also, these types of sanders are not great for inside corners. If you are running the edge of the pad into something as you sand, the paper will tear.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 05-22-2009 04:17 PM

Thank you folks. Definitely have a few different approaches that I had not tried before. But I will now. LOL :-)

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#11 posted 05-22-2009 04:52 PM

Another thing to look at is not all sandpaper is created equal. With some cheapo paper the backing (the paper part) is so thin they will never hold up to machine sanding. A better paper will also sand much longer, so it’s really a better VALUE. Try a different brand of paper & don’t use too much presure on the sanding. It is a FINISHING sander , after all.


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