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Theres a Better Way

Make a Handy Sanding Block with a Belt-Sander Belt

comments (0) May 29th, 2014 in Blogs
grateful.ed Chuck Miller, editor at large

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Video Length: 1:10
Produced by: John Ross and Chuck Miller

If you're on the job and you need a sanding block, you could struggle with a sheet of sandpaper wrapped around a hunk of wood, but there's a better way.

 Spencer Dobrovolny from Marin County, Calif., has figured out a way to use the belt from his belt sander and a bit of 2x4 to make the perfect sanding block. Here's the guts of it: a 9-in. piece of 2x4 that has been ripped to 2-15/16-in. wide. And notice that I've ripped the eased edge off of both sides of the block to get good support for the edge of the sandpaper on both sides. I've also eased the edges on the 90-degree end cuts so that my sanding belt can make the little radius that it needs to in order to fit properly. And this is a snug fit, folks--this is really tight.

The block fits in your hand perfectly and it's backed up along the edges.

That's a great tip, Spencer. Thanks so much for sending it to us.


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