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Theres a Better Way

Folding Trick Makes Sandpaper Last Longer

comments (0) June 18th, 2010 in Blogs
grateful.ed Chuck Miller, editor at large

For use with multi-clip THERE's A BETTER WAY BLOG posts only

Video Length: 1:34
Produced by: John Ross


Sandpaper origami

Roe Osborn, from Harwich, Massachusetts writes:

To make the most efficient use of sandpaper, fold a standard 8 1/2 by 11 sheet in half in both directions with the abrasive side facing out. With a sharp utility knife, cut outward from the center on any one of the four fold lines. Now fold up the sheet of sandpaper so that the resulting shape is 1/4 of a sheet. The folded sheet you're left with fits your hand better, the four plys are easier to hold onto, no abrasive surface is rubbing on another, and when you've worn out the two outside surfaces, fold them into the center and you have two fresh surfaces to work with. Also, if you use a 1/4-sheet vibrating pad sander, you can always zip one of the four sections off and fold up the rest.

 


Kevin Ireton
 is editor-at-large and a good friend and former colleague of Chuck Miller's. Keep your eye out for more Better Way videos from Kevin and several of our other regular contributors in the near future.

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